Royal Enfield sells the Scrambler, based on the Classic 500, in Europe but the motorcycle is not available in India. The Royal Enfield Classic 500-based Scrambler was spied at a dealership in India, giving rise to speculation that the motorcycle could soon be launched here. However, there’s no word from Royal Enfield regarding the launch of a Scrambler 500 based on the Classic in India. The motorcycle spied at the dealership could be a one-off model customized by the dealer rather than one built by Royal Enfield for sale in India.
As for the visible changes on the Scrambler 500, based on the Royal Enfield Classic, the motorcycle gets a high-set rear mudguard and a luggage carrier rather than a pillion seat. The exhaust is also an upswept unit. The tyres seem to be on-off road units capable of handling dirt trails in addition to regular roads. Apart from these changes, there’s not much that can be discerned from the solitary spyshot. In Europe, Royal Enfield sells the Scrambler 500 as a dealer customisable kit. In addition to the various parts listed above, the Scrambler 500 also gets a taller, wider handlebar.
Currently, Royal Enfield is preparing for its biggest launches in recent times – two twin-cylinder motorcycles. The Interceptor and Continental GT 650 are due for launch in India later this year. Both motorcycles use 650-cc, twin-cylinder engines that Royal Enfield has newly developed. The parallel twin engine features an overhead camshaft, four valve heads and air-oil cooling. Capable of revving to over 7,000 rpm, this engine generates 47 Bhp-52 Nm, and is the most powerful motor produced by Royal Enfield in India. A 6-speed manual gearbox with slipped clutch will accompany this engine. Dual-channel ABS will be standard on the twin-cylinder motorcycles. Both motorcycles will have a lot of Indian content, and prices are likely to start from well under Rs. 4 lakhs.