Royal Enfield has set a cat amongst the pigeons. As predicted, its modern twin cylinder engine-powered motorcycles have been priced way lower than the competition. The RE Interceptor 650 price in India is Rs 2.50 lakh while the Continental GT650 is priced at Rs 2.65 lakh, ex-showroom pan-India. Siddhartha Lal, the CEO of Royal Enfield, says that the on-road price of the motorcycles should not exceed Rs 3.3 lakh anywhere in India. He said this on the basis that there are multiple permutations and combinations available with the motorcycles. These include different including tank patterns and more. Bookings had already started a few weeks back while deliveries will commence shortly.
Both the bikes come with a three year/one lakh kilometre warranty and roadside assistance. RE says that they have got a new quality inspection team as well as tighter production control methods. Not only this, the 650cc parallel twin engine is being claimed to have raked more miles than any other test motorcycle. All this is being done to ensure that there are no more teething quality issues. RE also admitted that their quality in the past wasn’t as great or as expected from a modern motorcycle.
Details of the RE Interceptor 650
This is an all-new engine. It displaces 650cc and is a parallel twin. It gets a fuel injection for meeting the upcoming Euro-VI emission norms as well as an oil cooler. Like other RE engines, even this one is set up in a simple fashion. Something which even your roadside mechanic should be able to take care off without any major hassles. After all, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is one bike that will do multiple Leh-Ladakh loops.
A 270-degree firing order is said to have been chosen for this motor. This not only lends the engine with a different exhaust note when compared to other REs but also allows it to have a good top speed. Now, Royal Enfields have never been known for their top speed as much as chuggability. The RE Interceptor 650 top speed is claimed to be 160kmph. That’s a tall order, eh? Reports suggest that the RE Interceptor 650 will comfortably cruise whole day at 130kmph. Sweet!
Engine details of the RE Interceptor 650
To give you those vital numbers, the engine produces 47PS @ 5,250rpm while the peak torque of 53Nm comes in at 5,200rpm. Royal Enfield says that 80 per cent of the torque comes in around 2,500rpm. This means 30kmph in fourth gear should be easily doable. Speaking of which, there are six gears to play around with. The claimed fuel efficiency of the motorcycle should be around 25kmpl. This combined to the 14 litre fuel tank should give decent cruising range.
The RE Interceptor 650 is built on a new double cradle frame. RE has used an upside down 41mm front suspension while the rear has a gas-charged twin coil over dampers with adjustable pre-load. Brembo disc brakes handle the braking duties. ABS is part of the standard equipment as well. As far as tyres are concerned, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has Pirelli Phantom SportComp units. These sit on spoked 18-inch wheels. Like most of the Royal Enfield motorcycles, even the Interceptor weighs closer to 200kg. Actually the kerb weight is 202kg.
At the moment, the RE factory churns out around 3,000 of these twin cylinder bikes in a month. Production of course will be ramped up based on the demand.
Details of the Continental GT650
The motorcycle has the same engine from the Interceptor but has a more familiar form. It borrows the styling lock, stock and barrel from the erstwhile Continetal GT535. The higher price of the earlier GT is what is said to be its sounded the death knell. As we already discussed, the quality of the twins is perceived to have been improved by leaps and bounds.