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The Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Ather 450X Drag Race Shows That Instantaneous Torque Is Not All That You Need!

The RE Classic 350 is close to 90 kilos heavier than the Ather 450X, but it also makes more than twice the horsepower

The RE Classic 350 is close to 90 kilos heavier than the Ather 450X, but it also makes more than twice the horsepower

The folks are PowerDrift are back with another fuel-powered vs electric drag race video. We recently saw the MG ZS EV take on the Volkswagen Polo GTI, but this time, the race is between two two-wheelers. The contenders for this race are the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Ather 450X. The bullet makes more power, but it is also a lot heavier than the Ather. Not to mention, the electric scooter has an instantaneous torque advantage, too. Which two-wheeler are you betting on?

How Do They Spec Against Each Other?

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Ather 450X Drag Race Shows That Instantaneous Torque Is Not All That You Need!
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The Royal Enfield Classic comes with a 350cc engine that produces 19 horses and 28 Nm of torque.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Ather 450X Drag Race Shows That Instantaneous Torque Is Not All That You Need!
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The Ather 450X, on the other hand, makes just eight horses from its electric motor, but almost the same torque – 26 Nm.

It may seem like a huge disadvantage, but the Ather 450X weighs just 108 kilos, almost 90 kilos lighter than the 195-kg “thumpmaster”.

How Did The Races Go?

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Ather 450X Drag Race Shows That Instantaneous Torque Is Not All That You Need!
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As expected, the availability of full torque from the word ‘go’ played to the Ather’s advantage. In the first race, it went past the bullet and maintained the lead till it got close to its top speed of 90 kmph. However, there was enough distance to the finish line for the Classic 350 to get past it. The bullet eventually finished the race in 21.89 seconds, almost 0.8 seconds quicker than the Ather which took 22.56 seconds to the quarter-mile. As for the 0-80 kmph times, the Royal Enfield sprinted in 13.28 seconds, whereas the Ather took 14.9 seconds.

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Ather 450X Drag Race Shows That Instantaneous Torque Is Not All That You Need!
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In the second race, things got even better for the Classic 350, thanks to a pretty neat launch. The 0-80 kmph times were 12.94 seconds for the bullet and 16.45 seconds for the 450X. The same pattern was seen in the quarter-mile times, too, wherein the Royal Enfield took 21.62 seconds and the Ather took 22.86 seconds.

If you had to pick one of these two-wheelers as your daily ride, which one would it be – the Royal Enfield Classic 350 or the Ather 450X? Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
As a full-on enthusiast, Sidd has been active in the automotive world his entire life. He started reading about cars and trucks at the age of 5 and has attended and reported numerous auto shows and race events. Over the years, Sidd has become an expert among his peers, especially in the field of pickup trucks, and finds himself constantly wrapped up the day-to-day news and developments of the truck and sportscar world. In all honesty, Sidd’s love is divided between cars and trucks, music, and acting, but he manages to devote 100-percent of his heart to all three.  Read full bio
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