ROYAL ENFIELD NEW MODELS – THE REBIRTH OF THE ROYAL ENFIELD INTERCEPTOR 650: After years of development and months of testing spy-shots and video, Royal Enfield assuredly introduced two new EURO4-compliant motorcycles, christened by Royal Enfield as the ‘Interceptor 650’ and ‘Continental GT 650’. The motorcycles, take the form of a neo-retro roadster and café racer respectively.
“…Heritage-inspired machines that carry the Royal Enfield legacy and character into the 21st century.”
The ‘Interceptor’ moniker, was first used by Royal Enfield in 1960 for its 692cc twin motorcycle, the ‘700 Interceptor’. From 1960 to 1970, the ‘Interceptor’ line went through three production iterations and one prototype; the ‘800 Interceptor’ that never came into production.
Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650
The new motorcycles, while taking style cues from their predecessor, are thoroughly modern bikes. Both are powered by the same new, 648 cc twin-cylinder, air-oil-cooled engine, that produces 47bhp and 53 NM of torque. This places the bikes firmly in the middleweight class – and [for European riders] rideable on an A2 licence. Not only that, the engine produces an authentic sounding British-twin note, which is delicious to the ears.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Café Racer
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Neo-Retro Roadster
Production Coming Soon
There are some final tweaks and modifications to be made before the bikes go into production. At the press launch, when CEO, Siddhartha Lal was asked about availability and price he cheerily responded; “Soon, not so soon, but soon!” Later elaborating that we’re likely to see the bikes at some point in April 2018, with an “accessible” price tag. Lal, also intimated that both bikes are likely to be launched in Europe first, with India following, once production levels are stable and able to meet the anticipated demand of the India market.
CONTINENTAL GT 650 Image Gallery
Interceptor 650 Image Gallery
INTERCEPTOR 650 & CONTINENTAL GT 650, ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS:
Type: 4 stroke, single overhead cam, air-oil cooled, 648 cc parallel twin
Power: 47 bhp @ 7100 rpm
Torque: 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 78 mm x 67.8 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Gearbox: 6 speed
Fuel Management: Fuel injection
Ignition: Digital spark ignition – TCI