Royal Enfield to hike prices of Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650.
Is the first price hike for the 650cc range.
Will come into effect in September.
They will remain the most affordable twin-cylinder motorcycles even after the price hike.
Royal Enfield will hike the prices of its 650cc range, come September. The price hike was supposed to come into effect in August but the company has postponed it by a month. The prices of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will increase by roughly two per cent. The 650cc range was launched in November last year, and have had a steady sales of at least 1000 units per month since January, topping out at 2427 units in May this year. They continue to have steady sales despite a decline in sales figures for the rest of the RE range.
The price increase runs from Rs 5000 to Rs 5800 depending upon the variant, with the smallest increase for the standard variants and the largest increase for the chrome variants.
The exact increase in prices are as follows:
Interceptor 650 Dual tone
Interceptor 650 Chrome
Continental GT 650
Continental GT 650 Dual tone
Continental GT 650 Chrome
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are mechanically the same, with the Continental offering a café racer stance and the Interceptor a more traditional street bike seating triangle. They are powered by a 648cc parallel-twin engine that has air/oil cooling and produces 47bhp and 52Nm. They have a slip-assist clutch connecting the engine to the six-speed gearbox. Even after the price hike, they will be the most affordable twin-cylinder machines in the Indian market. Next up the twin-cylinder ladder is the Kawasaki Ninja 300, which costs Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, the Royal Enfield 650 twins compete with the likes of the KTM 390 Duke on performance but punch well above their weight, thanks to their affordability.