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Live Updates: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 global launch

Team OD  /
26 Sep 2018 07:23:53 IST

Royal Enfield is finally going to launch the highly anticipated Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 today and as you can imagine, there's quite a buzz about these motorcycles. The 650 twins get a new chassis, new liquid cooled engine and a host of other features that make it the best Royal Enfield yet. We got a chance to sample the 650s in California a couple of days ago and our comprehensive review will let you know all that you need to know about the bikes.

Stay tuned here for the global launch updates!

  • Sep 26, 08:31 AM (IST)

    Bikes will be in stores in India by the end of this year confirms Siddhartha Lal, closing the RE 650 Twins global launch event.

  • Sep 26, 08:29 AM (IST)

    The ABS Classic 500 is $5,500 in the USA. The Interceptor 650 starts at $5,799. Wow. That’s a price difference of just $300 or Rs 22,000! This is madness!

  • Sep 26, 08:25 AM (IST)

    These are stunning prices. 3 year unlimited mileage, free road side assistance, ABS standard in the US. At these prices. This is stunning value!

    <p>These are stunning prices. 3 year unlimited mileage, free road side assistance, ABS standard in the US. At these prices. This is stunning value!</p>
  • Sep 26, 08:23 AM (IST)

    Hold on.

    Basic price is $5,999 (₹4.4 lakh!) Holy cow. That’s for the Continental GT 650.
    Custom Interceptor 650 is $5999.
    Chrome is $6499.
    Basic is a stunning $5799 (Rs 4.2 lakh!)

    Wow!

    <p>Hold on.</p>

<p>Basic price is $5,999 (₹4.4 lakh!) Holy cow. That&rsquo;s for the Continental GT 650.<br />
Custom Interceptor 650 is $5999.<br />
Chrome is $6499.<br />
Basic is a stunning $5799 (Rs 4.2 lakh!)</p>

<p>Wow!</p>
  • Sep 26, 08:21 AM (IST)

    Wait, theres more!
    Prices start at $6249 for custom colours. The $6749 is for the chrome Continental GT only. That’s Rs 4.54 lakh approx for a 650 Twin in the US! That’s a great price!

  • Sep 26, 08:20 AM (IST)

    The Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental GT 650 prices:

    $6,749 MSRP (Rs 4.91 lakh)

    The 500s are ~$5,000 (Rs 3.64 lakh)

  • Sep 26, 08:16 AM (IST)

    The Royal Enfield North America president Rod Copes joins Siddhartha Lal on stage. USA prices comes out next.

    <p>The Royal Enfield North America president Rod Copes joins Siddhartha Lal on stage. USA prices comes out next.</p>
  • Sep 26, 08:11 AM (IST)

    Many different ideas & configurations were tested-tried. 270-degree, counterbalanced engine was decided on. Both have role in vibration reduction + great sound
    - Siddhartha Lal

  • Sep 26, 08:06 AM (IST)
  • Sep 26, 08:01 AM (IST)

    The RE 650 Twins are made for novice as well as experienced riders. It’s about #motorcycle giving you confidence. You can get it wrong & it stays confident & reliable.
    - Mark Wells - Head, Product Strategy & Industrial Design

  • Sep 26, 07:58 AM (IST)

    India will be staggering. But there are other India(-like markets) waiting to be ignited says Rudratej Singh at the Royal Enfield  650 Twins launch.

  • Sep 26, 07:55 AM (IST)

    President of Royal Enfield, Rudratej Singh says 3 million bikes are out there already. Says international markets aren’t growing. RE believes the #650Twins will grow these markets.

    <p>President of Royal Enfield, Rudratej Singh says 3 million bikes are out there already. Says international markets aren&rsquo;t growing. RE believes the #650Twins will grow these markets.</p>
  • Sep 26, 07:53 AM (IST)

    The Royal Enfield 650 Twin is to bring back simple, romantic but extremely engaging #motorcycles. Bikes for the real world. Bike that work well in our lives.
    - Siddhartha Lal

  • Sep 26, 07:51 AM (IST)

    The Royal Enfield 650 Twin began as a cafe racer and a roadster and a clean sheet with no restrictions. RE decided on a single global spec, single frame from the beginning.
    - Siddhartha Lal, CEO

  • Sep 26, 07:50 AM (IST)

    Last year Royal Enfield made 820,000 bikes! That’s huge. Siddhartha Lal believes despite strong opinion for (& against), RE success is because focus on 1 thing & do that as well as possibly can

  • Sep 26, 07:48 AM (IST)

    Not so many great middleweight motorcycles on the market globally says Siddhartha Lal. That’s the problem.  Royal Enfield has a solution for in the 650 Twins.

  • Sep 26, 07:45 AM (IST)

    “We don’t do too many things. But the few things we do, we want to do well!”
    - Siddhartha Lal, CEO

    <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t do too many things. But the few things we do, we want to do well!&rdquo;<br />
- Siddhartha Lal, CEO</p>
  • Sep 26, 07:41 AM (IST)

    We are watxhing a corporate recap video while @royalenfield senior leadership readies to take he stage at the global launch of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650

    That’s Rod Copes, who heads RE North America, who’s just taken the stage

    <p>We are watxhing a corporate recap video while @royalenfield senior leadership readies to take he stage at the global launch of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650</p>

<p>That&rsquo;s Rod Copes, who heads RE North America, who&rsquo;s just taken the stage</p>
  • Sep 26, 07:39 AM (IST)

    We have already filed stories and videos on the #Interceptor650! Have you seen them? Today’s event should last an hour and the @royalenfield’s US price is expected to be revealed.

    2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650: The four things you wanted to know

    2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 first ride review

    Video: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Quick Ride Review

    Image gallery: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 riding gear and apparel

    Image gallery: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 accessories

    <p>We have already filed stories and videos on the #Interceptor650! Have you seen them? Today&rsquo;s event should last an hour and the @royalenfield&rsquo;s US price is expected to be revealed.</p>

<p><a href="http://overdrive.in/news-cars-auto/2018-royal-enfield-interceptor-650-the-four-things-you-wanted-to-know/" title="2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650: The four things you wanted to know">2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650: The four things you wanted to know </a></p>

<p><a href="http://overdrive.in/reviews/2018-royal-enfield-interceptor-650-first-ride-review/" title="2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 first ride review">2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 first ride review</a></p>

<p><a href="http://overdrive.in/videos/royal-enfield-interceptor-650-quick-ride-review/" title="Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Quick Ride Review">Video: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Quick Ride Review</a></p>

<p><a href="http://overdrive.in/news-cars-auto/image-gallery-royal-enfield-interceptor-650-and-continental-gt-650-riding-gear-and-apparel/" title="Image gallery: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 riding gear and apparel">Image gallery: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 riding gear and apparel</a></p>

<p><a href="http://overdrive.in/news-cars-auto/image-gallery-royal-enfield-continental-gt-650-and-interceptor-650-accessories/" title="Image gallery: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 accessories">Image gallery: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 accessories</a></p>
  • Sep 26, 07:37 AM (IST)

    The Royal Enfield global launch is starting now at a beach side event in California! Looks great!

    <p>The Royal Enfield global launch is starting now at a beach side event in California! Looks great!</p>
  • Sep 26, 07:18 AM (IST)

    While we wait for the launch to commence shortly, check out our first ride review of the Interceptor 650.

    2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 first ride review

    <p>While we wait for the launch to commence shortly, check out our first ride review of the Interceptor 650.</p>

<p><strong><a href="http://overdrive.in/reviews/2018-royal-enfield-interceptor-650-first-ride-review/" title="2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 first ride review">2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 first ride review</a></strong></p>

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