All I can tell you is the Triumph guy at the NYC show said they would not bring it here because they didn't want to "dilute" sales of the other new Tiger models. He was busy trying to steer everyone towards the new Trophy, though, so maybe that was part of it?
I don't really see this model as competing with anything else in their line myself, unless maybe the 800 roadie, and I see those bikes appealing to guys younger than myself. I haven't ridden any of the new 800 or 1200 triples, so I can't compare, but the Sprint I test rode for a friend that had a 1050 was the smoothest piece of machinery that I have ever seen. I was doing 85 MPH in places I normally do 65 MPH, and was absolutely not aware of it until I glanced at the speedometer. Really is that smooth, and this new Tiger should be even better for me, because of the more upright seating position. Let's face it, most everyone who loves their bike wouldn't complain if it had "just a little more" power. I don't think that will be an issue with this one.