Royal Enfield is currently the segment-leader above the 350cc segment in India. However, with the recent slump in the sales of automobiles, Royal Enfield has been affected too. Currently, all the Royal Enfield motorcycles are priced well above Rs 1 lakh, which makes it inaccessible to many. The manufacturer has now launched the Royal Enfield Bullet 350X and it is priced at Rs 1.31 lakh, ex-showroom, cheaper than the Bullet 350, which is priced at Rs 1.21 lakh, ex-showroom and about Rs 1.4 lakh, on-road. The electric starter version of the Royal Enfield 350X is priced at Rs 1.44 lakh, on-road.
The Bullet 350X simply gets a few cosmetic changes over the regular Bullet. The main differences are the blacked-out parts that replace the shiny chrome parts of the Bullet. Even the engine block is now black alongside the parts like crankcase. The wheels are identical to the standard Bullet 350 and there are alloy wheels available with the bike. It should be noted that the ThunderbirdX, which is based on the regular Thunderbird gets alloy wheels and tubeless tyres.
For the first time ever, the Royal Enfield Bullet also gets new colours. Since the standard Bullet is only available in black colour, there will be a slew of colour choices with the Royal Enfield Bullet 350X. The Royal Enfield Insignia on the fuel tank also changes depending on the body colour of the bike. However, the classic pinstripe, which is an iconic and indispensable part of the Royal Enfield Bullet is missing from the bike. Royal Enfield has also skipped the insignia on the side panels of the bike, which gives it a simple look. There is not much change in the bike compared to the regular version of the Bullet.
Mechanically, the bike remains untouched. It gets powered by the same engine that powers all the other Royal Enfield 350s in the Indian market. The engine 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine of the bike produces a maximum power of 19.8 PS and peak torque of 28 Nm. It gets a 5-speed transmission as standard. Royal Enfield is working on the new-age BS6 engines but that will take some time before they are launched in the Indian market. All the BS6 models from the brand will be fuel injected and will offer a smoother engine too. However, the BS6 bikes are expected to be launched only by next year.
Royal Enfield is also working on a slew of all-new motorcycles that will utilise the all-new 650 Twins. The new-generation Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 have become quite popular in the Indian market and new motorcycles based on them will be launched in the market soon. Even the ADV motorcycle, the Himalayan is expected to get the same platform and engine in the coming future. However, the exact timeline of the launch of these products is not known as of now.