– Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is reported to launch by mid 2018.
– The bike will use the brand’s first parallel-twin engine.
– It will be the most powerful Royal Enfield bike in the country.
– The Interceptor 650 will take on the Harley Davidson Street 750.
Royal Enfield’s much-awaited 650 twin motorcycles – the Continental GT 650 Twin and the Interceptor 650 Twin – have been exported to Australia for display purpose. Prior to that, the bikemaker has announced prices of both the bikes. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has been tagged at 10,000 Australian dollars (around Rs 5 lakh), and the Continental GT 650 has been priced at 10,400 Australian dollars (Rs 5.2 lakh). Both the models will first go on sale in the European market, followed by their India launch.
First previewed at the 2017 EICMA Show in Milan in November, 2017, the RE Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are being produced at the bikemaker’s Chennai based plant. Both the bikes had their India debut at the 2017 Rider Maina in Goa. While the Continental GT 650 is a cafe racer, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is a retro-styled roadster. The 650 twins share the chassis and the engine. Interestingly, the all-new middleweight motorcycles will be the first Royal Enfield models to feature the company’s first modern parallel-twin engine, which was officially unveiled at the UK Technology Centre near Leicester.
– Retro-modern styling
– Twin-cylinder, 648cc, FI engine
– ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
– LED headlight
– Big fat tyres
– Chrome twin-exhaust pipe
– Twin-pod analogue instrument cluster
– Dual disc brakes
– Large fuel tank Read – Upcoming Royal Enfield Bikes in India
The upcoming middleweight bike from RE will enter into multiple overseas markets, which makes it a crucial global product for Royal Enfield. Royal Enfield has been bullish on opening stores in international markets. Interestingly, the Interceptor 650 will be RE’s first-of-its-kind global model that will be stacked up against several international middleweight motorcycles. Since the bike will be produced locally at Royal Enfield’s Chennai plant, we can expect competitive pricing. The estimated aggressive pricing for the 650cc bike could play an important role to lure its target customers. That said, the bike’s price might fall in range of Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. Upon its launch, the new RE bike will face challenge from the Harley Davidson Street 750 that costs Rs 5.14 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – 2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan Price & Details
If media reports are to be believed, Royal Enfield’s new 650cc motorcycles will make their way to India in the summer of 2018. To be more specific, the bike will hit showrooms only after April, 2018. Though, the European countries will be first one to receive the bike. The global product from RE will also be introduced in several other markets including Brazil. Production of both the 650cc motorcycles is already underway at the company’s Chennai-based facility. The bikemaker also aims to ensure availability of its new 650cc bikes across all 750 dealerships towards the end of this year. Pictures & Details – Royal Enfield Surf Racer & Gentleman Brat Custom Bikes
Royal Enfield’s upcoming middleweight motorcycle uses an all-new twin cradle chassis, which has been developed and designed by the British motorcycle racing and parts manufacturer – Harris Performance. The Interceptor 650 shares some of its design elements with other Continental GT models known for their café racer styling. Though, the company has modified the bike to make more space for the larger 650cc engine on the new frame. Sitting on a long wheelbase, the middleweight bike features 7-inch headlamp, twin clock front, narrow teardrop tank with signature badging and a Monza-style fuel cap. Royal Enfield is popularly known for its retro styling and Interceptor 650 also gets the quintessential elements such as intricate chrome work, large exhausts, round headlamp etc. Features such as dual exhausts, twin-pod analogue instrument cluster and optional ABS are also available on the bike. The Interceptor 650 gets quilted twin seat that will offer upright riding position. The bike comes fitted with 100/90-18 front and 130/70-18 rear tyres. Picture Gallery – Barood: A Tastefully Modified Royal Enfield 350
There will be three colour options on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Orange Crush, Ravishing Red and Silver Spectre. Read – Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and 500X Price & Details
In terms of proportions, the new RE bike measures 2,122mm in length, 1,165mm in height and 789mm in width. The bike offers a seat height of 804mm, and stands tall on 174mm of ground clearance. It has fuel tank capacity of 13.7-liters. Carrying a kerb weight of 202kg, the new middleweight motorcycle offers payload capacity 200kg.
|Engine||648cc, single-cylinder, air-oil cooled|
At the heart of the Royal Enfield’s middleweight bike is a parallel-twin, 648cc, fuel injected engine. The air-oil cooled motor features a small radiator, which is fitted in front of the engine on the double-cradle chassis. It can develop a maximum power output of 47bhp at 7,100rpm, while generating a peak torque of 52Nm at 4,000rpm. Channelling power to the rear wheel is a 6-speed gearbox. The bike also gets digital spark ignition – TCI.
The bike features dual exhausts and optional ABS. In terms of styling, the bike takes cues from the Continental GT series, however changes have been made to accommodate the all-new larger engine. In line with the new norms for two-wheelers, the engine will comply with the new BSIV emission norms. The modern 650cc twin engine has been developed on a global platform that would carry the Royal Enfield legacy. It has been designed to offer the right balance between power, torque and usability, and to ensure a smooth and unintimidating riding experience. Check Out – India’s 5 Best Modified Royal Enfield Bullets
The Interceptor 650 will be the most powerful RE motorcycle in the country. On the fuel efficiency ground, this new middleweight motorcycle will be a decent performer. It is estimated to return fuel economy of around 15-20kmpl in city and 20-25kmpl on the highways.
Braking duties on the new Royal Enfield bike will be done via 320mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes. The ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) will also come as standard on the bike. Aiming to ensure a comfortable ride, the company has equipped it with 41mm front fork, 110mm travel upfront and twin coil-over shocks, 88mm travel rear suspension unit. Read About – Royal Enfield 1000cc Bike By Carberry Motorcycles
Being a global product, the Interceptor 650cc, powered by the high capacity engine could play a major role in reversing image of the Chennai-based bike maker, known for making niche products across the globe. It will be a crucial product for RE that could strengthen its position in the middleweight bike segment. The new middleweight RE Interceptor 650 will face challenge from the Harley-Davidson Street 750 in the segment. Estimated to be priced aggressively, the Interceptor 650 is expected to be a more lucrative offering out of the two.
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