Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 bookings open in India
Royal Enfield dealerships across the country have started accepting bookings for their latest offerings, the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650 parallel twin motorcycles. Deliveries will begin shortly after that. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 were first revealed globally at EICMA 2017. 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.
At launch, the 650 twin will only be available in limited numbers. The company will ramp up production only four months after the launch. The fuel-injected, air / oil-cooled 650cc parallel twin motor produces 47PS at 7,100rpm and 52Nm at 4,000rpm and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The motorcycles also get a slip-assist clutch. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Twin draws inspiration from the yesteryear Royal Enfield Interceptor and it looks in line with the modern classics seen from other manufacturers.
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. The wheelbase, at 1,400mm, ground clearance, at 174mm and length, at 2,122mm is also identical. The Continental GT 650 Twin, however, is slightly shorter than the Interceptor 650 Twin. Braking duties, on both motorcycles, are handled by a 320mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear. ABS is standard on both motorcycles.
Royal Enfield has already revealed the international 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.
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