- Royal Enfield to discontinue 350 cc and 500 cc engines.
- BS-Vl emission norms the catalyst for the change.
- 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird spotted undisguised.
- Gets new engine, different chassis.
Royal Enfield is in the process of changing its entire range of vehicles, thanks to the upcoming BS-Vl emission norms. First, they will discontinue the 500 cc single thanks to its low popularity, and it will let go of the 350 cc pushrod engine because it will be too expensive to upgrade it to meet the BS-Vl norms.
The upcoming Thunderbird is one of the models scheduled to get the new engine, and it gets a whole range of new bits as well. The styling has been updated – it gets a new fuel tank, new side panels, a split seat, a new retro-styled headlamp, and a single-pod instrument cluster.
The grab rail is a split one and a tail lamp is a round unit with a chrome bezel that enhances the retro look. Among another look – related changes are the repositioning of the brake disc to the right-hand side of the wheel, and the presence of two-tone alloy wheels – thus far alloy wheels were seen only on the Thunderbird X.
The engine is rumored to be derived from the 650 cc twin-cylinder engine but is a single-cylinder engine displacing around 400 cc. It will sport fuel injection and oil cooling to offer better as well as consistent performance.
Royal Enfield also has the option of tuning the 411 cc single-cylinder engine from the Himalayan to suit the character of the Thunderbird: after all, this engine meets BS Vl emission norms and is already part of the Royal Enfield lineup.
The 2020 Thunderbird chassis is a double-cradle one, with dual shock absorbers both front and rear. Disc brakes at both ends and dual-channel ABS will be standard. The ergonomics will be revised for greater comfort – we hope that Royal Enfield takes into account the fact that the footpegs always get in the way when the rider puts his feet down.
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