Royal Enfield is going to launch the new Interceptor 650 in India soon and it is expected to be priced at Rs. 2.75 lakh
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is one of the most awaited bikes to be launched in India and the company has already introduced the model in the US. The Interceptor and Continental 650 are manufactured in India and exported to global markets. The high level of localization might help the company to price the model aggressively.
The Interceptor 650 is expected to be priced at Rs. 2.75 lakh according to reports and it will certainly make the bike more accessible for customers. The 650 twins don’t have any direct competitors at the expected price point as the nearest one is BMW G 310 GS, but it is priced really high and these upcoming bikes will be a perfect alternative for people who want to upgrade from Himalayan and other entry levels bikes.
One of the reasons for the delay of the launch could be the production issues due to worker strike at RE’s plant. With good build quality, the first ride report of Interceptor 650 had already hit the Internet and most of the reviewers were impressed by the handling and especially the exhaust note.
The 650 Twins are based on a completely new platform and the Interceptor 650 gets a retro-based theme, which makes the bike stand out from other models. The front gets round headlamps and a small fuel tank along with a single seat. The company has given a wide handlebar and the riding position is relaxed.
The Interceptor 650 is powered by 648 cc, oil-cooled, parallel-twin cylinder engine producing 47.6 PS of power at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm. This engine is mated to 6 speed gearbox and for the first time, Royal Enfield is offering slip/assist clutch. The upcoming bike is expected to return 30 kmpl.
The braking duties are handled by 320 mm disc at front and 240 mm disc at the rear, brakes are supplied by ByBre. The company has also given dual channel ABS system as standard on 650 Twins. The front gets telescopic forks and the rear get dual gas-charged shocks. The Interceptor 650 rides on 18-inch wheels with 100/90 section tyre at the front and 130/70 section tyre at the rear.