This rare model was released in Australia in mid 1968, as the up-market version of the highly sucessful 2000 model. The PI models shared an identical Australian-made body with the 2000 model of the same year , but featured the 2500 engine like in the TR5 (but with softer camshaft), rostyle wheel trims, radial tyres, larger exhaust pipes, stiffer springs and shockies, 140mph speedo , deeply sculpured seats. Discreet "injection" badges were added to the chrome boonet mould and on the rear panel, whilst the C pillars got small round "PI" (petrol injection) badges.
Unfortunately, overdrive was not offered as an option here, and many of them used the BW35 auto transmission as they were sold as "up-market" or luxury cars.
The up-market variant of the Triumph 2000 series made its debut in 1970. Features that separated it from the Mk2 2000, included black-bezelled instuments which included a tacho, 3-spoke steering wheel, heavily sculpured rear seat made for 2 persons, black vinyl trim on the C pillars and boot panel between the lights, black grille.
The entire mechanicals were carried over from the Mk1 PI, with negligible changes.
The TR5 was launched in October 1967, with a 2498cc 6 cylinder fuel injected engine producing 150bhp. This model remained current for only 15 months and only about 2600 were sold. A rare item indeed. This model is not to be confused with the more numerous TR250, which was a US only market car, with twin carburettors, softer camshaft and lower compression head. A number of imported cars have been converted and occassionally get passed off as genuine TR5's