The next-generation Thunderbird X will feature a revised tail section, to be launched in late 2019 with all new BS6 engine
The 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X was spotted testing on the roads of Tamil Nadu once again. While the previous test mule was spotted with a completely different rear tail section, the recently spotted test mule featured some significant cosmetic updates towards the rear profile as well.
To begin with, the motorcycle has received a new retro round shaped taillamp with chrome surrounds. The rear fender too looks short compared to its predecessors while the rear side turn indicators are positioned closer to the number plate area which adds a neat look.
Unlike the current generation model which is on sale at this moment the new generation, Thunderbird X uses a split-seat setup while the split pillion grab rail bar helps in adding a modern appeal to the rear profile of the updated motorcycle. The test mule of 2020 Thunderbird X was also spotted with alloy wheels which can also be found on the current generation motorcycle.
Apart from these cosmetic updates to the rear profile, the other updates details are not visible in this particular spy video. However, expect the upcoming 2020 Thunderbird X to feature a revised fuel tank, headlamp and an updated instrument cluster with a new and more informative digital display.
The updated motorcycle will also feature a retro-styled engine. We believe that the BS6 compliant motor will ditch its current carburettor setup and will rely on a standard fuel injection system. The current generation Thunderbird 350X uses the same 346 cc and 499 cc engines that power the Classic and Thunderbird motorcycles.
The 346cc, single cylinder, air-cooled unit uses a carburettor system. The motor paired with a five-speed gearbox delivers around 20.07 PS of peak power at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The more powerful 499 cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine, on the other hand, gets a fuel injection system. The unit paired with a 5-speed gearbox produces about 27.57 PS of peak power at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
Apart from the cosmetic changes and an updated engine, the 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X will rely on the same telescopic fork setup at the front and twin-sided springs at the back. The braking duties will be taken care of by the disc brakes on both ends. A dual channel ABS safety system will also be offered as standard.