Royal Enfield has showcased the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles in Australia. Presently, both bikes are on display at one of Royal Enfield’s Australian dealerships, and sales will commence by July/August of this year.
Royal Enfield plans to launch both motorcycles in India by the middle of this year, which means June-July. Some, export markets will receive the new Royal Enfield twins first, a strategy the company followed with the Classic range, which then turned out to be the company’s biggest success ever. Here is a video of the new bikes in Australia.
The Interceptor 650 is priced at 10,000 Australian dollars, which is about 5 lakh rupees in Indian money. The Continental GT 650 is just AUD 400 costlier, at Rs. 5.4 lakhs. In India, expect both motorcycles to be at least Rs. 1 lakh cheaper.
So, an on road price of Rs. 4 lakhs for the Interceptor 650 is expected, and Royal Enfield may even price it more aggressively. Both motorcycles will be the most advanced machines that Royal Enfield has ever produced, and both export and India-spec models will have the same equipment save for minor changes for local regulations.
Both bikes will use a newly developed 647cc, four stroke twin cylinder engine with oil cooling. The engine produces 47 Bhp of peak power and 52 Nm of peak torque. A 6 speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch is standard. Fuel injection and ABS are also standard. All three features have never been seen before on a Royal Enfield sold in India.
Both new motorcycles uses telescopic front forks, gas charged twin rear shock absorbers, steel wheels with spokes and tubed tyres. Disc brakes are offered on both the front and rear wheels. The bikes also feature a double cradle frame. While the Interceptor has a relaxed riding position, the Continental GT 650 is racier, with clip-on handlebars and rear set footpegs.