Powering the new bikes is a 648cc, parallel-twin cylinder, SOHC, oil-cooled, 8-valve engine paired to a 6-speed gearbox and slip assist clutch
Royal Enfield dealer has officially announced that the new Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 will go on sale in India on November 14, 2018. Unofficial Bookings for the new motorcycles have already been commenced. Both motorcycles will be launched ahead of the 2018 Royal Enfield Rider Mania in Goa.
If media reports are to be believed, the new RE Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will be priced under Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom). At this pricing, the new REs will become the most affordable 650cc, twin-cylinder motorcycles in India. As a reminder, Royal Enfield will also showcase the new 834cc Cruiser concept at the 2018 EICMA Motor Show in Milan.
The RE Continental GT 650 will come with a longer seat, while the global model comes with a cowl. The bike comes with a feature that allows owner to add a rear cowl over the pillion seat using an Allen key. This feature is not new as such functions are also offered on the Ducati Diavel and Supersport range and the Bajaj V15.
While both these motorcycles share platform, the design and ergonomics are different. The Interceptor 650 offers a more upright and comfortable seating position for longer rides. On the other Continental GT 650 offers a forward-leaning stance for aggressive riding around corners.
For braking duties, the new motorcycles will have 320mm single disc at the front and a 240mm single disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) will come as standard. Based on the steel tubular double craddle chassis, the motorcycles get 41mm telescopic front forks and twin gas-charged rear shock absorbers.
Powering the new bikes is a 648cc, parallel-twin cylinder, SOHC, oil-cooled, 8-valve engine. This engine is capable of producing 47bhp of power at 7,100rpm and a peak torque of 52Nm at 5,200rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox. The new bikes also get slip-assist clutch as standard.