We recently covered that Royal Enfield is working on a 350cc version of the Interceptor. The test mule was spied in Chennai and you can get more information about it by clicking here. It makes sense for the Chennai-based manufacturer to bring a smaller cc motorcycle that is based on the Interceptor 650 as the Interceptor has been a huge success for the manufacturer. Not only in India, but the 650 twins have also been able to capture a lot of hearts across the whole world. Now, the video of the same test mule has surfaced on the internet.
From the video, we can see the rider riding a test mule, which resembles a lot to the Interceptor 650 but it does not look as bulky as the Interceptor nor does it has the same wide stance as the INT650. The main reason for this is that the spied motorcycle has a single exhaust instead of two. This is because the new motorcycle might be a single-cylinder as opposed to a twin-cylinder, parallel-twin motor found on the Interceptor and the Continental GT.
It also seems that the motorcycle is running on a slimmer profile tyre. As the new motorcycle will be more affordable than the Interceptor, we expect Royal Enfield to use Ceat sourced rubber instead of high-end Pirelli that they offer with the 650 twins. Also, the rider has a more upright stance while riding. We can see the tall handlebars and not so aggressively placed footpegs. So, it is a design derived from the Interceptor 650 and not the Continental GT 650.
We can see that the test mule uses the same footpegs, turn indicators and the brake light as the Interceptor 650. Also, the exhaust is finished in Black just like we have seen on the more recent 350 cc motorcycles from Royal Enfield. So, there are high chances that the Interceptor 350 will come with the same 350 cc counter balanced, fuel-injected petrol engine that debuted on the recently launched Meteor 350. The engine produces 20 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 27 Nm. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Braking duties will be done by disc brakes at both the ends. Royal Enfield will offer Dual-Channel ABS as standard. Suspension duties will be carried out through telescopic forks upfront and twin spring shock absorbers at the rear. We still do not know if the Interceptor 350 will be using the frame from the Meteor 350 or from the Interceptor 650.
If Royal Enfield decides to launch the Interceptor 350, there will also be a good chance that a Continental GT 350 gets launched. The Continental GT 350 will be for those who want a cafe racer motorcycle, but cannot afford the Continental GT 650. Whereas, the Interceptor 350 will be aimed towards people who want a retro cafe motorcycle, but the Interceptor 650 falls out of their budget. Royal Enfield is currently working on a bunch of new products for the Indian market. They will be launching 28 new motorcycles over the span of the next 7 years. They are also working on bringing alloy wheels for the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. The new alloy wheels should launch in February 2021. You can read more about it by clicking here.