The motoring web is agog with reports that the new 750 cc (rumoured) motorcycle that Royal Enfield could debut at the EICMA bike show will be called the Interceptor. The Interceptor is a badge that Royal Enfield last used for a 736 cc, twin cylinder motorcycle that was on sale between 1960 and 1970. So, it only seems fitting that the new parallel twin bike from Royal Enfield use this badge.
The new bike could be sold in two designs – a cafe racer like the Continental GT 535, and a street bike on the lines of the Street Twin. Both bikes are expected to use the same, newly developed parallel twin engine, whose displacement could range between 650 cc and 750 cc. Peak power figures are estimated at 45-50 Bhp while peak torque could sit between 55-60 Nm.
The bike is expected use an overhead camshaft, similar to that on the Royal Enfield Himalayan’s engine. A long stroke design is also very likely. The engine will sit in a dual cradle frame from Harris Performance, similar to that on the Continental GT. A five speed manual gearbox, electronic fuel injection, twin exhausts, and oil cooling are other key features. A top-speed close to 160 Kph is anticipated. With that, the new Enfield could finally break the ton.
Disc brakes at both wheels, augmented by ABS, will be standard on the new motorcycle. It’ll be a retro-modern motorcycle aimed at both Indian and export markets. With the new bike, Royal Enfield will finally have a ‘highway-worthy’ bike for export markets. The bike will be built at one Royal Enfields many factories in Chennai, and localization levels will be over 90 %.
This should give Royal Enfield a good chance to price the bike very competitively, in the 3-4 lakh rupee segment. While this will still make the Interceptor the most expensive Enfield in India, it’ll still be much cheaper than the cheapest Harley Davidson or even the Triumph. In time, the engine of the Interceptor could make its way into multiple Enfields.