The cat is out of the bag! Royal Enfield held a global press conference for the price announcement of its twin cylinder motorcycles in the US. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is priced at $5799 which translates to Rs 4.2 lakh. At the same time, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is priced at $5999, i.e Rs 4.34 lakh. All these prices are ex-showroom, California. For the custom as well as chrome versions, the price increases by $400 over the standard versions.
The motorcycles will be available in the showroom starting from tomorrow with deliveries being scheduled for a couple of days later. 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.
When is the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 coming to India?
That’s the million dollar question, right? Well. Siddhartha Lal, the CEO of Eicher Motors did mention a timeline. He said that by the end of this year, both the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 as well as the Interceptor 650 will be in the Indian showrooms. He, however, refused to comment on a price bracket. Given that the difference between the Classic 500 and the Interceptor 650 price is just $200, it is likely that the twin will have a killer pricing. It may even undercut the price of the most affordable twin there is in the Indian market, the Kawasaki Ninja 300. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 price in India could be around the Rs 3.15 lakh mark. At the same time, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 price in India will start from Rs 2.81 lakh, ex-showroom.
Anything specific mentioned about the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650?
Well, yes. ABS, three years unlimited mileage warranty and roadside assistance are available with the motorcycles. There are various permutation as well as combination for the customisation one can do at a factory level too. Rudratej Singh, the MD of Royal Enfield, said that the company ideally wants people to get their bikes when they book them. So before bookings begin, the bikes will be dispatched to the dealerships so that the waiting periods are far lower. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is the premium of the two twin motorcycles here.
To give you those vital numbers, the 650cc air/oil cooled 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. The top speed for both the motorcycles is claimed to be 160kmph,
While no plans have been announced yet, we believe not all Royal Enfield showrooms in India will be selling the twins. A few earmarked dealerships in India will have the bikes on display and will take bookings for the same. We can’t wait till November 2018.