Royal Enfield will launch GT 650 twins first in California, USA and India will launch take place by Diwali as they want to capitalize on festival season rush
Royal Enfield is finally going to launch Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 in India by Diwali. Both these bikes are manufactured in India and exported to global markets, but the company has confirmed earlier that global launch will take place first as they want to increase production before domestic launch.
Royal Enfield officially revealed GT 650 Twins at EICMA and later it was unveiled for Indian enthusiasts at Rider Mania. The company was expected to launch 650 Twins earlier this year but they had to delay launch because of production issues. Siddharth Lal, CEO and MD of Royal Enfield also confirmed that the company was working on ways to solve these problems.
Royal Enfield will launch GT 650 twins first in California, USA followed by other markets like UK and Australia, as some dealers have already commenced bookings in these countries. The retro bike manufacturer wants to capitalize on festival season, which is why they fast forward the launch of GT twins in India.
The Continental GT 650 carries forward the same design theme of Continental GT series, which was available in India. The company has given round headlamps with big fuel tank and single seat option along with clip on handle bars gives a modern design theme for Continental GT 650.
The Interceptor 650 is a modern cruiser with retro design theme and it will appeal to Indian customers. Both these bikes are powered by same 648 cc twin cylinder, air-cooled engine producing 47 bhp of power at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine is mated to 6 speed transmission.
The braking duties are handled by 320 mm front disc brake and 240 mm rear disc. Royal Enfield has given dual channel ABS as standard. The GT Twins comes with 41 mm beefier telescopic front forks and dual gas charged suspension at rear, which is tuned for comfort. We can expect Royal Enfield to price GT 650 twins aggressively at Rs. 3.5 lakh (Ex-Showroom) and they will rival Harley-Davidson Street 750.