Royal Enfield Interceptor is a hit all over the world. It is by far the most complete product that the manufacturer has ever produced. Do you know that the Interceptor name has existed before also under the Royal Enfield brand. The previous Interceptor was made between 1960 and 1970. The first version was the Interceptor was a 692 cc called 700 Interceptor. In 1962, Royal Enfield introduced 750 Interceptor. It could hit a whopping top speed of 185 kmph and come to a halt only by drum brakes in the front and at the rear. Here, we have a rendering of the current Interceptor that is opting for retro styling.
The rendering has been done by Instagram user “view1919”. The Interceptor in the image has been modified extensively to look as retro as possible. It would remind you of the original Interceptor that was sold back in the days. We can see that the front and rear fenders are now finished in chrome instead o black plastic. Also, the front fender is much larger than the fender that comes on the Interceptor currently. It also gets a side facing plaque on which ‘Royal Enfield’ is spelt out.
The fuel tank has also been redone with Royal Enfield’s new logo that is finished in Red and Yellow. On the original Interceptor, the Royal Enfield was spelt out in Red. It gets a circular headlamp with rectangular turn indicators which we have seen on the current Interceptor. The rims are finished in black but the wire spokes are in chrome, giving a very unique look. At the side profile, we also see the pea shooter exhausts which were used on motorcycles and are still used on some retro motorcycles.
The rear grab handle is also finished in chrome and the rear tail lamp is circular with black housing. It is the same design that we have seen on the Classic 350 from Royal Enfield. You get circular turn indicators at the rear. It also comes with a different seat base that is thick and looks much more retro than the current one. The engine has also been finished in chrome just like the current one. Weirdly, the rearview mirrors are finished in black whereas the current Interceptor’s mirrors come in chrome from the factory.
Royal Enfield does offer a chrome variant of the Interceptor currently. It is known as Mark 2 to pay homage to the original 750 Interceptor. However, the manufacturer only offers the fuel tank in chrome with a red stripe going through the centre. It is also the most costly colour of the Interceptor. It is priced at Rs. 2.97 lakhs ex-showroom. The regular Interceptor 650 starts from Rs. 2.75 lakhs ex-showroom.
Powering the current Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 is a 648cc parallel-twin, air-oil cooled engine with a counterbalancer. Due to this the engine is butter smooth and creates power in a linear way without running out of breath. The engine produces 47 PS of max power and a peak torque output of52 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox that comes with a slip and assist clutch.