Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 twins launched

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 twins launched

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The much-awaited 650cc Royal Enfield twins will finally make their way to India. We expect the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 to be priced under Rs 3 lakh for the Indian market. And if the bikemaker manages to get the pricing right. Not only this it will make these the best value-for-money proposition from RE. But also the most affordable 650cc twin-cylinder bikes available in the Indian market. 

With deliveries set to commence from the end of November. Dealers across the country have started accepting bookings of the motorcycle. Offered in six different colors, each paint scheme carries a different price tag. With that, the top-end Chrome paint finish priced at Rs 2.70 lakh. 

 

Design & Features

The company had been developing exclusive accessories for the 650 twins along with the R&D process. This means that you will get a plethora of options to customize your ride, as per your choice. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 borrow heavily from the original motorcycles of 1960-70s. The bikes are retro in design. Underpinned by an all-new frame developed by RE subsidiary Harris Performance in the UK. The chassis has been optimized to offer excellent handling without compromising on comfort.

Both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 measure 1024 mm in height. And also have a ground clearance of 174 mm. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 will have a fuel tank capacity of 12.5 liters. While the Interceptor 650’s fuel tank will be slightly larger at 13.7 liters. The twin pea-shooter exhausts finished in chrome add the retro touch on the motorcycles.

 

Engine

The platform on which the 650 twins are based has been made from scratch. With inputs from Harris Performance UK. The 648 cc engine too is a completely new unit, not used by the company before. Those of you who wanted a more powerful Himalayan, it seems that is not going to happen anytime soon. The Royal Enfield 650 Twins are based on the brand new 649 cc. With air and oil cooled, a parallel-twin engine that belts out 47 bhp at 7250 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 rpm.

About 80 percent of the torque is available from 2500 rpm. And a flat torque curve results in ample power all the way till about 6000 rpm. Sending power to the rear wheels is a 6-speed gearbox that comes with a slipper clutch. The bikes are capable of speeds in excess of 160 kmph. 

 

 


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