Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has been designed and developed for highway cruising.
Royal Enfield showcased its all-new 650 twin motorcycles – the Continental GT 650 Twin and the Interceptor 650 Twin – at the 2017 EICMA Show in Milan in November, 2017. 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 parallel-twin engine.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650 Twin mark debut of the company’s first modern parallel-twin engine, which was officially unveiled at the UK Technology Centre near Leicester. RE’s new 650cc motorcycles will hit the showrooms in 2018 summer, as claimed by a carandbike report.
– 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
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 pitted against several international middleweight motorcycles. 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 take head-to-head against the Harley Davidson Street 750 that costs Rs 5.14 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – 2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan Price & Details
According to a media report, Royal Enfield’s new 650cc motorcycles will make their way to India in the summer of 2018. After the Indian market, the bikes will be rolled out in European countries. The global product from RE will also be introduced in several other markets including Brazil. Royal Enfield CEO, Siddhartha Lal confirmed that the production of both the 650cc motorcycles will take place at the company’s Chennai-based facility. While the bike is yet to enter into production, the production ready model has already been caught on camera couple of times during its test rounds. The bikemaker also aims to ensure availability of its new 650cc bikes across all 750 dealerships towards the end of next year. Pictures & Details – Royal Enfield Surf Racer & Gentleman Brat Custom Bikes
Royal Enfield’s upcoming middleweight motorcycle uses an all-new twin cradle chassis, and 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 runs on 100/90-18 front and 130/70-18 rear tyres. Picture Gallery – Barood: A Tastefully Modified Royal Enfield 350
Buyers will have a choice of three colour options on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Orange Crush, Ravishing Red and Silver Spectre.
With respect to dimensions, 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|
Power for the Royal Enfield’s middleweight bike will come from a parallel-twin, 648cc, fuel injected engine. The air-oil cooled motor features a small radiator, which will be fitted in front of the engine on the double-cradle chassis. It can churn out a peak power output of 47bhp at 7,100rpm, while yielding a peak torque of 52Nm at 4,000rpm. For feeding power to the rear wheel, there will be 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.
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 taken care of by 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.
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.