The Children’s day of last year was special for adults too apart from children. On the same day, Royal Enfield launched the 650 twins in India officially. What however was the biggest shocker here was their brilliant pricing. The Interceptor 650 starts at Rs. 2.50 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is quite amazing for a twin cylinder motorcycle with 47 Bhp on tap. The company offered upto six colour options with the bike during the time of launch. The pricing of the Interceptor 650 varied according to the colour options that were opted. Now, the most expensive Chrome paint shade has been spotted at a dealership, ready for delivery.
Officially called Glitter and Dust, the chrome paint job on the Interceptor 650 looks quite ravishing and brings out the retro-classic look of the bike more prominently. However, it also costs Rs. 20,000 more than the single tone colour option of the bike, with a sticker price of Rs. 2.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The five other colour options available on the Interceptor 650, apart from Glitter and Dust are :
Mark Three (Black), Orange Crush (Orange), Ravishing Red (Red-Black), Silver Spectre (Silver Grey), and Baker Express (Red-Grey).
Out of these, the Ravishing Red and Baker Express are dual tone colour options which cost Rs. 7,500 more than the base single tone colour options. The Chrome variant may not find many takers because of its high price but there is no doubt in the fact that it looks stunning, more so in flesh. Compared to the Continental GT, the Interceptor 650 is designed more as a retro street cruiser and the chrome element on it makes it a piece of beauty. The chrome paint job on the bike is limited to the tank, front fender, and the rear fender as rest of the body elements are either black or have a silver steel finish.
The Interceptor 650 is powered by a 648 cc, twin cylinder, SOHC, air/oil cooled engine that produces 47 Bhp of power along with 52 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed gear box with a slipper clutch, a first for the company. It is the most powerful and technologically advanced bike by the company yet. The Interceptor is built upon a newly developed double cradle chassis by Royal Enfield which has been developed with special inputs from Harris Performance, UK. In its price range, the Interceptor 650 is the most powerful motorcycle along with its twin, the Continental 650.
As of rivals, the Interceptor 650 does not have any true competition in its price range yet. It is the most affordable twin cylinder bike in the country too. In its price range, it competes with the likes of the KTM 390 duo and Kawasaki Ninja 300 apart from some other bikes. It is actually one of the best bikes in the country if you don’t mind the retro classic design of the bike.