Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 launched internationally

Royal Enfield recently unveiled their 650cc twins. Both the motorcycles are expected to be launch in India in last quarter of 2018. Where do these twins stand in the market? Let’s take a look

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Frame and dimensions –

The Interceptor’s chassis is made up of twin cradle, tubular steel frame, designed together from scratch by Royal Enfield team and Harris performance team. As stated, the frame has been tested on various roads for thousands of hours and miles for durability, balance and handling so that it delivers dynamic and responsive performance. It has 1400 mm wheelbase and 804 mm seat height which makes accessible, confidence-inducing riding position while offering 174 mm of ground clearance also, which helps to take on pretty much any road with ease.

The 37.5 degree handlebar angle is designed to aid low-speed manoeuvrability in city traffic. The motorcycle is 2122 mm × 1165 mm × 789 mm (LxBxH) in dimension. The motorcycle weighs 202 kg while the fuel tank capacity is 13.7 litre. Any  good chassis requires good  suspension to do it justice and the Interceptor doesn’t disappoint on paper. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm forks with 110mm of travel  at the front and twin coil-over gas charged with piggy-back reservoirs shocks with 88mm of travel at the rear. The rear suspension comes with a 5-stage pre-load adjustment to allow for effective damping.

The heart matters –

Both the motorcycles get the brand new 648cc air-oil cooled parallel twin engine that develops 47 bhp of maximum power at 7250rpm and peak torque of 52Nm  at 5250 rpm mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The powerband is set in suck a way that 80% of the total power is available at as low as 2500 rpm so the engine can deliver smooth and rapid progress without the need for constant gear changes. The use of 4 valves per cylinder increases the efficiency resulting in better fuel economy and performance.

The ancillary components –

The Interceptor comes with 18-inch wheels at the front and rear, both with 36 spoke aluminium alloy rims. Tyre size is 100/90 at the front and 130/70 at the rear. Braking duties are handled by a 320mm floating disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear equipped with Bosch dual-channel ABS. Interceptor boasts wide and high set handlebar with comfortable and commanding riding position; upright for great visibility ahead, boosting rider’s confidence as well as comfort.

What about the Continental GT 650?

The Continental GT 650 shares the same specifications as that of the Interceptor which includes engine, tyres, brakes and suspensions except some minor changes in chassis, kerb weight and fuel tank capacity. The Continental GT 650 comes with a slightly smaller 12.5 litre fuel tank and weighs 198kg.

Variants Offered –

Both the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 are offered in three variants – Standard, Custom and Chrome. The standard variant of both the bikes costs $5,799 and $5,999. The Custom variant of both the bikes is priced at $5,999 and $6,429 respectively while the Chrome variant of both the bikes costs $6,499and $6,749 respectively. All three variants have the same mechanicals and the only difference is cosmetic additions – different colour schemes and different badges. The RE 650 twins are introduced as one common platform, so in India too, we will get the same three variants, each with the same engine, chassis and cycle parts. There are no riding modes, and no traction control on offer, obviously to keep pricing competitive. But  ABS is offered standard across all the variants.

 

The deal maker –

If you take a look at other roadsters within these Price Range, they all 300-400cc segment bikes. For ex. – BMW G310GS, Kawasaki Ninja 400, Kawasaki Versys X 300, etc. Looking at other Roadsters or Bikes with Similar specifications (600-700cc engine), they are priced much higher than Interceptor and Continental GT. For ex.- Kawasaki Vulcan S ($7,099), Honda CBR650F ($8749), Hyosung Aquila Pro etc. The interceptor and Continental GT are introduced with these competitive prices and specifications so the newcomers and veteran riders, both, can have fun on the road with affordable prices. It is an opportunity for royal enfield lovers who want a upgrade from their 350cc or 500cc Royal Enfield bikes and keep the brand love intact.

Indian market prediction –

The USA prices translates to around Rs. 2.8 lakh to Rs. 3.3 lakh as estimated in India. And if Royal Enfield does so, the twins will sit in line and even lower in some cases of the current 300-400cc motorcycles offered in our country. Royal Enfield is up for some serious game and it’s a matter of time that the twins taste sure success in the country.

Stay tuned for more updates on the launch here.

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