Rudratej Singh, the president of Royal Enfield, has just revealed that both the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles are still under development, which means that they could be a few months away from launch even for international markets. The motorcycle maker plans to first launch these bikes abroad. What this means is, the Indian launch of the bikes will be further delayed.
Meanwhile, here’s what the president of Royal Enfield had to say in an interview to Autocar Professional,
We are working on the final stages of the parallel-twins on the Interceptor and Continental GT. After that, we will also be building capacities, because we do not want to be in a situation where we have good order books but we don’t have deliveries. We are in the final stages of development and building additional capacities.
Royal Enfield first showcased the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 at EICMA 2017, to an enthusiastic response. Ever since, the motorcycles have been showcased at the Rider Mania at Goa, and at multiple dealerships abroad. The motorcycles have been spied testing extensively on Indian roads. They’ll both be launched together in India, and will be Royal Enfield’s new flagships.
Both motorcycles will use 650-cc, parallel-twin four-stroke engines, based on an all-new engine platform that Royal Enfield has developed ground up. The engine will make 47 Bhp-52 Nm, and will feature four valve heads, a 270 degree crank and a single overhead camshaft. Fuel injection will be standard. The gearbox is a 6-speed unit, a first on a Royal Enfield. A slipper clutch will also be standard.
While the Interceptor 650 will have relaxed, street bike ergonomics, the Continental GT 650 will get cafe racer styling, and a more aggressive riding position. Disc brakes will be standard on both motorcycles, along with ABS. Both bikes will be built in India, with a heavy amount of localization. Prices of both motorcycles are likely to start between Rs. 3-4 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.