Royal Enfield is all set to introduce their new flagships- The Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 this year. Both bikes are are based on a new ‘P’ platform and are currently in their final stages of production.
If this excites you, wait till you hear what’s in store for the next decade!
Royal Enfield has been hiring industry big-wigs left and right, and not without reason. They want to penetrate markets that are conventionally held by Harley Davidson and Triumph. Local production is what will flag-bear sales in India, while superior quality and marketing should be the focus for international markets- hence the new hires.
Reports claim that 12 new RE motorcycles are on their way based on four new platforms– starting with the 650s.
Royal Enfield J & P platforms
The original Royal Enfield lineup of Bullet, Classic and Thunderbird have had very few updates in their time, and though features like disc brakes and ABS are slowly making their way, these can only be seen as an interim solution. All three bikes are in dire need of a refresh, and thankfully, next decade will provide due. The B-C-T range along with the slow-selling Himalayan will sit on a new J platform from 2020.
As we mentioned, the 650 Royal Enfield’s platform is titled ‘P’.
Expected launch of J platform bikes: Early 2020
Royal Enfield Q & K platform
Royal Enfield wants to be the global leader in middle-weight motorcycle segment (250cc-750cc), and that won’t be possible with just the above mentioned bikes. In order to achieve this, they will also introduce a Triumph Thruxton rival based on a new Q architecture. Of course, other designs like Scrambler, Café Racer and Bobber are all floating around.
Last, and on top of the line-up sits the K-platform. Its motorcycle (or motorcycles) has a capacity of over 750cc and will directly compete with Harley Davidson and Triumph. Most rumours point to a classic Royal Enfield Cruiser but what that is needs to be seen.
Expected launch date: 2022
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Source: ET Auto