Royal Enfield will soon introduce its most powerful motorcycles in the form of the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. Both motorcycles will use Royal Enfield’s newly developed 650cc, parallel twin four stroke engine that’ll give them a top speed in excess of 160 Kph. Both motorcycles continue to be tested on Indian roads ahead of their official launches later this year. Here is a video that shows the acceleration that the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are capable of. The video also shows how quickly these bikes leave the Royal Enfield Himalayan behind. Also, the exhaust note of the twin cylinder engine can be heard. Turn up the volume.
The 650cc, four stroke engine on both bikes will be a parallel twin with air-oil cooling, fuel injection and a single overhead camshaft operating a four valve head. The engine will use a 270 degree crank, giving both motorcycles a distinct exhaust note. A 6 speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch will be standard. Peak power is rated at 47 PS while peak torque is rated at 52 Nm. The bike will get front and rear disc brakes as standard and Royal Enfield has also announced that the motorcycles will feature ABS as standard fare. Both bikes will feature a revised frame borrowed from the Continental GT 535.
While the Interceptor 650 will be a street bike with relaxed riding ergonomics, the Continental GT 650 will get a more aggressive riding position, to befit its cafe racer design and positioning. However, the Continental GT 650’s riding position will be less aggressive than that of the GT 535. While Royal Enfield is yet to reveal pricing for both motorcycles, competitive pricing is highly likely. Both motorcycles are expected to sit in between Rs. 3-4 lakh in terms of pricing, allowing a lot of current Royal Enfield owners to upgrade easily. Both motorcycles are likely to be launched in India before the end of 2018.