Royal Enfield has unveiled a couple of motorcycles at the 2017 EICMA Motor Show, Milan in form of the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650. Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and the Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 will be available in variety of colourways and two distinct styles - Standard and Retro Custom. A total of 11 options have been developed for the duo. The Standard range of colourways take inspiration from the motorcycles of the 50’s and 60’s, while the Retro Custom range is a bolder version of graphics and colours. The stunning Interceptor INT 650 in Orange Crush and the Ice Queen Continental GT 650 were displayed at EICMA.
Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 flaunts classic tear-drop shaped fuel-tank, quilted twin-seat and distinctive wide braced handlebars. Being based on an all-new, dedicated steel-tube cradle chassis, the roadster motorcycle is equipped with classic 18” front and rear Pirelli tyres and twin shock absorbers, along with front and rear disc brakes with ABS. It has a ground clearance of 174mm and a seat height of 804 mm. Speaking of the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650, it retains its central cafe racer character while sharing its engine, chassis and running parts with its twin, the Interceptor INT 650. Identical to the Interceptor INT 650, the Continental GT 650 sports disc brakes front and the rear with ABS. The upswept exhaust, rear-set footrests, 12.5L fuel tank capacity, single seat, sculpted tank, and clip on bars are some of the major highlights of this cafe racer.
Introducing the Interceptor INT 650,Mr. Siddhartha Lal, CEO Royal Enfield said, “The Interceptor INT 650 carries forward the Royal Enfield legacy into the 21st century. While in its essence it retains the design and old-school character, it has all the underpinnings of a modern machine. It combines agility, usable power, excellent ergonomics and style in an unintimidating manner. However, the Interceptor INT 650 is more than the sum of its parts; it is great fun to ride and brings a smile on your face every single time that you ride it.” The chassis of the motorcycle duo has been developed from the ground up by the team at Royal Enfield’s UK Technology Centre, and Harris Performance.
Talking about Continental GT 650 as his personal favourite, Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield, said, “The GT has been an iconic motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s portfolio. Since its launch in 2013, the Continental GT has helped the brand strengthen its position in mature motorcycle markets across the world. In its new avatar, the Continental GT 650 is the absolute definitive cafe racer that will be loved by discerning riders across the world.” The twin motorcycles are powered by the first modern Royal Enfield 650 twin engine. The single overhead cam, 8 valve, air/oil-cooled, 648cc parallel twin engine develops top powe of 47bhp and peak torque of 52Nm. Also new to the Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650, is the six speed gearbox, especially developed for this motorcycle.
Talking about the significance of the new twins in Royal Enfield’s global foray, Siddhartha said, “Royal Enfield aims to lead and expand the mid-weight (250-750cc) motorcycle segment globally. The Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 will help grow this segment. While for our large customer base in India, the new 650 twins will be a compelling upgrade, we believe it will attract customers from other developing markets in SouthEast Asia and Latin America to graduate to the middle weight segment. In addition, the 650 twins will offer a very evocative option to customers in mature motorcycle markets such as Europe, Australia and North America. For us, this marks the beginning of a new chapter at Royal Enfield“