The much-awaited Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is priced from Rs. 2.50 lakh while prices for Continental GT 650 start at Rs. 2.65 lakh
We all have eagerly waited for the arrival of the 650 twins for a long time and Royal Enfield has finally launched the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 in India today at starting prices of Rs. 2.50 lakh and Rs. 2.65 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively for Standard variant. RE had already launched their flagship offerings in the markets of America and Europe, and in terms of pricing it did not disappoint.
As expected, Royal Enfield did price the 650 twins aggressively under Rs. 3 lakh, which make them the most affordable middle weight twin-cylinder motorcycles in India. Both these motorcycles were first showcased at the EICMA motorcycle show last year. These motorcycles have been designed and developed to cater the demands of the modern retro motorcycle enthusiasts.
The RE 650 twins will also help the two-wheeler manufacturer to gain some firm ground in the International markets where the demands for such motorcycles are huge. The Chennai-based manufacturer has spent countless hours on their design table to build these motorcycles as a simple and fun to ride machines.
While the inspiration for Continental GT 650 came from the café racers of the 1960s, the Interceptor 650, on the other hand, has been inspired from the iconic 60’s Interceptor which was an easy going, laid back motorcycle of that time. Although The Continental GT 650 styling will remind you of the Continental GT 535 which was discontinued recently here in India but the similarities end there.
RE has learned a few lessons from the GT 535 and thus the GT 650 now gets a much more relaxed and less aggressive riding position. The Interceptor 650 on the other hand which has definitely generated more inquiries gets a slightly more padded straight seat, a different set of upright and wider handlebars and foot pegs which gives the motorcycle a much more relaxed riding stance. The rest of the parts including the chassis, suspension, brakes and above all the engines are shared with the other half of the 650 twin.
Both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 is powered by a 648cc air-cooled fuel-injected motor which produces about 47 Bhp of peak power at 7100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque 4000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox which sends the power to the rear wheels. The best part about the RE 650 twins is that they both generate a usable amount of power which makes these motorcycles an idea motorcycle for daily use.
As far as the suspension setup is concerned both the 650 twins are fitted with a telescopic fork up front and gas-charged twin shock absorbers at the rear. For stopping power the motorcycles relies on a 320 mm disc for the front and a 240 mm disc for its rear ABS is offered as standard with both these motorcycles.
The Interceptor 650 offer more range because it gets a bigger 13.7 Litre fuel tank while the Continental GT 650 gets a smaller 12.5 Litre tank. After the launch the 650 twins are definitely the most powerful and affordable twin cylinder motorcycles available in India now and it will compete with the Ninja 300, Yamaha YZF-R3 and the Harley Davidson Street 750.