- Royal Enfield’s 500cc UCE engine will go off sale by March 31.
- Will be commemorated by a limited run edition of the Classic.
- No fixed number has been revealed for the commemorative edition.
- Interested customers will have to register on the website to purchase it.
Royal Enfield’s 500cc UCE engine does not see enough sales to justify an upgrade to the upcoming BS6 emission norms, so the company has decided to discontinue it for the Indian market. It will be commemorated by a limited edition run, called the Royal Enfield Tribute Black Edition.
The Royal Enfield Tribute Black Edition is a cosmetic variant of the Classic 500, and as the name suggests, is an all-black Classic with gold pinstriping. Booking it requires that you register on the Royal Enfield website – the manufacturer has not revealed the exact number to which the Tribute Black Edition will be limited to, even though it is a limited edition. The models that go on sale will have an ‘End of Build’ number on them, not unlike the other Classic special editions that had unique numbers assigned to them like the Classic 350 Signals.
The upgrade of the 500cc motor to the new emission norms would drive the price uncomfortably close to the quicker, more refined, and more modern 650cc twin cylinder models that are on sale by Royal Enfield, which is why it has chosen to discontinue all the models that use the engine, namely the Classic 500, Thunderbird 500, and Bullet 500. The 500cc engine has been in production for around 11 years.