2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 twin and Interceptor 650 twin prices out!
Yes, we know all that many of you have been waiting for this moment. Their global reveal at the EICMA 2017 was perhaps the most important unveil for Indian enthusiasts as these are the first twin-cylinder engined motorcycles from the brand. The highlight of the two motorcycles is the new 650cc parallel twin engine developed by Royal Enfield. The motorcycles made their debut in India at the 2017 Royal Enfield Rider Mania. Royal Enfield has finally revealed the prices of the 2018 Continental GT and the Interceptor 650. The base price of the Continental GT 650 is USD 5,999 that makes it equivalent to Rs 4.4 lakh while that of the Interceptor 650 is USD 5,799 that makes is roughly Rs 4.2 lakh. And that we believe is a mind blowing price for these motorcycles. The prices mentioned here are the base prices of both the bikes. For custom colours and that sweet chrome treatment, you have to shell out extra.
Since both the Royal Enfield Twins will be manufactured in India, they will be priced competitively in the country. Just to give a perspective, the Royal Enfield Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 are priced at USD 6,749 (custom colors) which makes it approximately Rs 4.91 lakh. The prices of the Royal Enfield 500s are in the range of $5,000 which translates to Rs 3.64 lakh. So it is obvious to expect that the new 650 Twins from Royal Enfield will be priced below Rs 3 lakh. Let's keep our fingers crossed till the official announcement happens. For now, we know that Royal Enfield will be starting the bookings of the 650 Twins from mid-November and the deliveries are expected to commence from January 2019 onwards.
The 2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 wears an all-new air/oil-cooled twin cylinder 648cc engine with fuel injection. The Royal Enfield Interceptor receives 80 per cent of its torque by 2,500rpm and it peaks at 52Nm at 5,250rpm and then peak power arrives at 7,250rpm before you hit redline at 7,500rpm. The engine is matched to a brand-new 6-speed gearbox and a slip-assist clutch. This unit sits in a brand-new tubular double cradle frame with 41mm telescopic front forks, preload-adjustable twin gas-charged shock absorbers. Brakes are ABS-equipped with a 320mm rotor up front and a smaller rear disc. The Interceptor wears an aluminium-spoked rim with Pirelli's Phantom SuperComp tyres, but running with tubes in this application. We rode the Royal Enfield Interceptor yesterday and came away impressed. That's the story you want to read if you'd like to know what the motorcycle does, represents and aims to do in India.
The Continental GT 650 Twin, on the other hand, is an ode to the café racer culture that was dominant a few years ago. Royal Enfield has stated that there are no shared parts between the new Continental GT 650 and the current Continental GT with the 535cc, single cylinder engine. Both motorcycles employ a double cradle, steel tubular frame as well as 41mm front forks and twin, coil over shocks at the rear.
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