Royal Enfield 650cc motorcycles' India launch delayed by up to 6 months

Royal Enfield 650cc motorcycles’ India launch delayed by up to 6 months

Recently, images of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in new colour schemes in Australia surfaced on the cyberspace. These images came from Revelry Cycles, a Royal Enfield dealer in Sydney, Australia. The Royal Enfield 650 twins are India-bound and were initially expected to launch here this month. Now, however, it’s being said that the bikes will reach Indian shores only in the third-quarter of this year.

The upcoming Royal Enfield 650 twins are easily among the most awaited launches of this year. The 650cc Interceptor and Continental GT are the latest flagships of the iconic Indian motorcycle brand and will go on sale in several markets across the globe. Talking about the new colour schemes, it looks like the Interceptor has got a new white/red colour scheme while the Conti GT 650 has received a black/grey colour scheme. Also, the fuel tank of the CGT 650 has got a golden stripe running across it. It may be noted here that these colour schemes seem to be new additions and weren’t present on the motorcycles showcased in India and at the EICMA 2017.

As the Indian launch of these two motorcycles has been pushed to the third-quarter of this year, we expect the new flagships to go on sale here only by August-September this year. These motorcycles have already gone on sale in the Australian market, where the Interceptor is retailing for AUD 10,000 while the Continental GT 650 is on sale for AUD 10,400. The prices translate to Rs 5 lakh and Rs 5.4 lakh in Indian currency. However, the motorcycles will be substantially cheaper in India because of the local production.

Powering both the motorcycles is an all-new 647cc, parallel-twin cylinder engine that benefits from fuel injection and oil-cooling. The motor outputs a maximum power of 47 Bhp along with a peak torque of 52 Nm and comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. Furthermore, both the motorcycles offer a slipper clutch as standard. In India, these two motorcycles will go on to rival the Harley-Davidson Street 750.

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