Unless you have been living under a rock, the entire country is waiting for Royal Enfield’s newfound interest in adding multiple cylinders under its hood. As we have been speculating about it ever since it was caught testing in Spain last year, fresh new spied shots of the bike has surfaced the internet now, and these are the clearest ones of the lot.
Clicked in Chennai, the company’s home plant, the motorcycle was snapped while it was at rest during its testing runs on our roads near the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai. We have been giving your reports of Royal Enfield developing a brand new- game changing product that will set the standards for the middleweight category. Looks like we were not wrong.
When Eicher took over affairs of Royal Enfield into their strides, they revived the dying fire of the cult motorcycle manufacturer. Since then RE has been at the top of the game releasing products that got every motorcycle aphrodisiac’s blood racing. Right from the Classic 500 till the very recent Himalayan. These motorbikes spoke for themselves, and the sales figures are the proof of this.
Now, the company is stepping into unknown territories. Both in the number of cylinders and capacity. With Harris Performance backing their engineering team and with the newly launched Royal Enfield Technology Center in the UK, RE has committed to foraying into higher capacity and better-engineered bikes.
|The "Clubman" handlebars replace the clip-ons. Fuel Injection and oil-cooling make its way in.|
Spied last year, we saw Royal Enfield testing a 750cc parallel twin motor under the belly of its Café-Racer designed motorcycle, the Continental GT. A modern retro rival for the Triumph Bonneville class.
Confirmed by a few sources (MCN and Economic Times), RE is going to invest a tune of 800 crores in their development for 2017 and will soon be launching a ‘significant’ bike accompanied by other variants. And we have enough proof to say that this ‘significant’ bike might be the 750cc seen here. Features may include a fuel injection tech, ABS braking and oil cooling. Power output, although cannot be accurately said, is touted be in the range of 50 bhp and the peak torque would be around 60 Nm.
|The new twin cylinder Royal Enfield spied last year in Europe|
There are a few changes with respect to the Continental GT that we can identify from the above-spied images of the Interceptor. Apart from the obvious twin cylinder setup with two exhaust canisters, this bike gets the radiator atop the twin cradle chassis, a new grab rail, change of position of the rear suspension gas shocks and the chain and sprocket changes to the left. You can also make out that the subframe receives an extension that may accommodate a longer pillion saddle replacement. Then there are the non-cafe racer levers equipped on the new “Clubman” handlebars rather than the standard clip-ons.
This move is to reach wider audience base in a country not shying to splurge on class leading products. Although no official word on the launch and pricing is out, we can speculate it to be placed in a premium price bracket of under ₹ 3 lakh. RE is also planning on a 400cc motorbike that can produce 40Nm of peak torque including a 600-650 cc motorcycle developed for global markets like the USA and the UK.
|The Royal Enfield Continental GT|