Another powerful twins to rule the roads. This time it is from the Royal Enfield stables. The official launch is scheduled at November 14. The much anticipated 650 twins, Interceptor and Continental GT has started to arrive at dealerships and ‘experience’ rides being offered to selected riders. The twins as they call it, has a new twin cylinder heart that displaces 647cc to be precise, with 6 gears and twin exhausts.
The bikes have already been launched in the international market and has received good reviews.
Interceptor is a street bike with upright seating position, while Continental GT is the typical cafe racer already introduced before in 350 cc with an aggressive forward riding style. Both features a distinct tank and seats, while the underlying mechanicals remain the same. Interceptor has a tall and wide handle bar, while the the GT has the typical clip on bars with rear foot pegs.
The heart is a newly developed twin cylinder with over head cam. This is a fuel injected motor with 4 valves and has a displacement of 647cc. The engine churns out 47 Bhp and 52 Nm torque. The suspension features a telescopic front suspension and gas charged twin shocks at the rear. These ensures the bike is planted on the highway cruise while being agile on the twists and turns.
The stopping power is brought in by dual disc brakes from Brembo combined with dual channel ABS from Bosch on the 18 inch spoked wheels. The tyres sport a custom thread design, from Pirelli for these twins but are tube based.
For Bullet fans, looking for an upgrade, the twins offer the right higher capacity engine to move up from a 350 cc. There is no other immediate competitor in this segment of retro classic bikes and hence Royal Enfield is hoped to price it right to make it the most affordable twin cylinder bike in the country. It is expected to price them within 3 lakhs bracket to make more thunder on the road.