Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor & GT Continental revealed
After series of spy images, Royal Enfield has finally revealed their flagship 650cc motorcycles. Two variants based on their new twin cylinder engine- Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT650 made debut at the ongoing EICMA show in Milan. The motorcycles are pipped with the likes of Harley Davidson and Triumph in most global markets but their prices will be much lower in India.
|Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 price||Rs. 2.99 lakhs|
|RE Continental GT650 price||Rs. 3.20 lakhs|
Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor & GT Continental design, specs
The RE Interceptor 650 and Continental GT650 are based on tubular steel double cradle frame. That’s not all that they share though, infact, their fuel tanks, handlebars and seats are the only things noticeably different.
Suspension duties on both bikes are done by 41 mm telescopic front fork at front and a pair of twin gas-charged shock absorbers at rear. The 320 mm front and a 240 mm rear disc provide stopping power to 18-inch wheels shod with 100-section and 130-section tires respectively. Dual-channel ABS comes as standard.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 borrows its name and design from the popular model from 1960s-1970s. They’ve got the design part right and its laid-back nature should earn the fancy of many old souls. It comes with circular headlamps at front, twin circular instrument cluster, upright handlebar, long single seat and up-swept exhaust. Its fuel tank looks classic, and even has the vintage version of the company’s logo and Monza-style fuel cap.
In comparison, the Royal Enfield Continental GT650 looks similar to the existing continental 350. It has the same front fascia as the Interceptor, but the handle position and seating is more aggressive. Its fuel tank is sharp and comes with a simpler logo. The frame extension at the rear, however, feels misplaced.
|Model||Fuel tank capacity||Weight (Kerb)|
|Interceptor 650||13.7||202 kg|
|Continental GT 650||12.5||198 kg|
The Interceptor is comes in three colours- Orange Crush, Ravishing Red, and Silver Spectre while the Continental GT 650 comes in Ice Queen, Sea Nymph and Black Magic shades.
Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor & GT Continental engine and transmission
Both these models are powered by a new 648cc SOHC 4-valve unit oil-cooled, Fi engine with fins for air-cooling. It outputs 47 PS at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm at 4,000 rpm, which is better than most motorcycles under Rs. 5 lakhs in India.
The engine is mated to an all-new 6-speed transmission with slip assist clutch.
Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor & GT Continental price and release date
The RE 650 Interceptor and Continental will enter European markets first, where it is A2 license compliant as well. India will be next-in-line and production will also be from here. Other Asian and American markets could get the bike subsequently.
|Price in UK||£5,599*|
|Price in USA||$7000*|
Aggressive pricing in place for India
We expect the new Royal Enfield 650cc motorcycles to be priced starting from Rs. 3.2 lakhs in India. This will massively undercut direct competition like Harley Davidson Street 750 and Triumph Bonneville. The mentioned price segment is also alien to good cruisers and tourers but, hopefully, the Indian manufacturer can start a new trend.
The RE Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, on launch, could indirectly compete with sports and naked motorcycles including the Yamaha R3, Benelli TNT25* and Ninja 300. However, the former two has definite power and immense torque advantage at the moment.