Royal Enfield will launch the Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 twins internationally between 22nd and 26th of September, 2018, according to a new report on Zigwheels. The international launch of the Royal Enfield 650 twins will coincide with the media rides of the motorcycles, scheduled to happen during the same period in September. In India, both the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles will be launched during Diwali. They’ll be Royal Enfield’s biggest launches of the year, and will mark the retro-motorcycle maker’s entry into the twin cylinder market. We expect both motorcycles to be priced very competitively, in between Rs. 3-4 lakhs.
Both the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 will share the newly developed 647cc, four stroke parallel twin engine. This motor revs to over 7,000 rpm and will propel the bikes to speeds in excess of 160 Kph. Peak power output is rated at 47 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 52 Nm.
The engine is air and oil cooled, gets a single cylinder camshaft and four valve heads. The motor gets a 270 degree crank, and is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch as standard. It’s the most advanced engine and transmission combination that Royal Enfield has ever built.
Coming to other cycle parts, both motorcycles will use a similar double cradle frame designed by Harris Engineering of UK, a company that Royal Enfield has now acquired. Telescopic front forks and gas charged rear shock absorbers will be offered on the motorcycles, which will also get disc brakes on both wheels along with dual channel ABS as standard. The key difference between the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 is styling and ergonomics. While the Royal Enfield Interceptor will have an upright riding position and street bike styling, the Continental GT 650 will have an aggressive riding position and cafe racer styling.