Royal Enfield has been working on Euro-IV engines and adding ABS to its entire range for quite sometime. They also displayed the same at the EICMA 2016. And now the Chennai-based motorcycle maker has launched its updated range in the UK. These motorcycles include the 2017 iterations of the Bullet 500, Classic 500, Continental GT and its latest offering, the Himalayan. The entire range now comes with dual-channel ABS as standard. All these motorcycles are manufactured at the company's Oragadam factory in Chennai.
At EICMA 2016, the company stated that the rest of the range will get ABS and Euro-IV compatibility by early 2017. The Euro-IV compliant Royal Enfield Continental GT makes use of a 535cc motor that puts out 29.1PS at 5,100rpm and generates 44Nm at 4,000rpm. These numbers are identical to the BS-III models sold in India. The same applies for the Euro-IV Classic 500, Bullet 500 and the Himalayan.
While there is no official word from Royal Enfield India, we expect the brands Euro-IV compliant motorcycles to make it to our shores by the end of this year after it becomes a regulation in the country. In addition, Royal Enfield UK has equipped the Classic 500 and the Bullet 500 with rear disc brakes which is not offered in the companys Indian line-up.
The updated UK prices are £4,699 (Rs 3.87 lakh) for Royal Enfield Classic 500, £5,199 (Rs 4.28 lakh) for Continental GT, £3,999 (Rs 3.29 lakh) for Bullet 500 and £9,999 (Rs 8.24 lakh) for Himalayan. These prices are the same as before, which means when these models are marketed here, expect just a slight rise in price. Last month, Royal Enfield launched the Classic 350 Redditch series, inspired by the paint schemes of its motorcycles produced in Redditch, United Kingdom, during the 1950s.