Royal Enfield Continental GT has won this year's title of Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY). The recently launched, Royal Enfield Continental GT is a revamped version of the original RE Cafe Racer from 1965. Powered by a single cylinder 4 stroke air 535cc engine, the GT delivers 29.1 bhp power 44 Nm of torque.
Among several tile contenders, only nine bikes were shortlisted including Mahindra Centuro, KTM Duke 390, Hyosung Aquila Pro and the finalists RE Continental GT. The nominated bikes were judged on various parameters such as price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, and technical innovation, value for money and suitability for Indian riding conditions.
The esteemed jury for this year's 'Indian Motorcycle of the Year' awards consisted of well known personalities from the Indian automobile industry, including Girish Karkera and Sriram Narayanan from BBC TopGear, Vikrant Singh, Bertrand D'Souza and Subhabrata Marmar from Overdrive, Yogendra Pratap and Rahul Ghosh from Auto Bild, Bob Rupani and Gautam Sen from Auto India, Dhruv Behl and Ashish Jha from AutoX, Pablo Chatterji, Rohin Nagrani and Kartik Ware from BS Motoring, Aspi Bhathena and Sarmad Kadiri from Car India & Bike, Muralidhar Swaminathan from Hindu Business Line and Sirish Chandran from Evo India.
Mr. Vikrant Singh, Executive Editor, Overdrive and Chairman, Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2014 said, "This year we shortlisted four motorcycles; all at the top of their game. The Aquila Pro is a comfortable and torquey cruiser, the 390 Duke is fast and entertaining; and the Centuro is easily the best equipped entry-level motorcycle in the country. But, our winner, and by a decent margin, the Continental GT brings more to the table. It is good looking, dynamically stable, good to ride and it is well-priced too. No wonder six out of the nine jurors rated it as their top choice."
The expert jury ensured that the voting system is fair and transparent, to make IMOTY the most coveted award in the industry. The award has been gaining prominence with each passing year. JK Tyre has been associated with this award since its inception.
Congratulating the winners, Mr. Arun K Bajoria, President & Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited said, “The ICOTY & IMOTY Awards bear testimony of JK Tyre’s relentless commitment to the advancement and strengthening of auto ancillary industry in India. This is a preferred platform brought alive to acknowledge and reward companies that feel the pulse of customers and develop products in close accordance. I would like to congratulate the winners as well as the nominees of ICOTY & IMOTY 2014, who are leaders in true sense of the automotive industry. Together we will continue striving towards newer benchmarks for India as well as the global automobile market.”