The wait is over and Royal Enfield has pulled out the mask from all new Royal Enfield Interceptor and Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 at EICMA. Both beautiful bikes are unveiled a few hours ago at EICMA in Milan.
Royal Enfield is one of the fastest growing company in the last decade. The company has a growth rate of 16 times since last 8 years. The company sells approx 800000 units a year. The main reason is that the company has created a mid-size motorcycle market in India. Along with market, the company also has a cult following in the Indian market as well as global markets. The company is now planning to expand the mid-size motorcycle market in the global market and is already a market leader in its segment. But with these two new motorcycles and one engine, the company plans to take on a big established player in the global market for such bikes. These players include Harley Davidson and Triumph.
Royal Enfield Interceptor:
All new Royal Enfield Interceptor is based on first interceptor motorcycle made with a 500cc parallel twin in the 1960s. It was the pinnacle of British motorcycle history. It was a revolution of Classic 500 twin which was first released in 1948. The first Interceptor was developed to catch American market with its California cool styling on the west coast.
With 2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor the company wants to bring in the same concept of modern retro styling which that’s also seen in Triumph Bonneville. We somehow think this motorcycle is largely based on Triumph Street Twin. Take a look here.
Well, that’s many striking elements resemblance apart, the all-new Royal Enfield Interceptor will be much cheaper than Triumph’s Street Twin because it won’t come with fancy traction control and funky gadgets that are offered in Triumph. And due to that, the pricing of Interceptor will be around 4-5 lakh range in the Indian market.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650:
This is another product unveiled by Royal Enfield today powered by 650cc parallel twin motor and styling is largely based on Continental GT 535. Except for the tail-lamp module, everything is new in 650cc powered continental GT. The bike has over 95% of newly designed parts. The footpegs are a bit forward, the fuel tank is a bit shorter and many other changes that will improve the cool CAFE racer look of this motorcycle.
Both new bikes from RE feature ABS and FI as standard with regular telescopic forks and gas charged rear suspensions. Features like LED headlamp with DRL and LED Tail lamp would have given a much better modern look to these motorcycles.
New 650cc Parallel Twin:
The new 650cc twin motor is a new birth of Royal Enfield in the Indian as well as global market. This engine is cleaner and learner towards Euro 6 and other environmental norms for future regulations. A single unit forged crank with 270-degree firing order makes this engine pushing of low-end torque plus a heavy amount of mid-range. This engine loses the traditional thump of Royal Enfield but brings in a better rumble of a twin.