Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 wears a retro classic design similar to Triumph Bonneville; powered by an all-new 47 hp generating 650cc engine
Royal Enfield entered the segment above 500 cc with its new 650 cc twins – the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 – as they were unveiled at 2017 EICMA in Milan before making India debut at the Rider Mania 2017 event.
The brand has long been cherishing a plan to strengthen its grip in the middleweight category motorcycle market and these new models are going to play key role in that strategy. A brand new engine has been fitted to the Continental GT, while a fresh new motorcycle had also been introduced in form of the Interceptor 650.
Immediately after its unveiling Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 became the topic of discussion among the enthusiasts in the world of motorcycles. No wonder, Royal Enfield has done a really nice job with its design that may not be very exclusive if you compare it with the Triumph Bonneville but the machine certainly looks very appealing considering it would be priced well below the Bonnie.
At the unveiling, Mr Sid lal, Managing Director at RE’s parent company Eicher Motors, said that the pricing for the Interceptor 650 and Continental 650 will be accessible. Having said that, expect these bigger REs to come at a really competitive price tag. Reports say the bookings for the 650 cc twins are already being accepted in the UK ahead of April debut for 100 GBP (Rs. 8,600). Its price is estimated close to 6,000 British Pounds (Approx. Rs. 5.14 lakh).
The rumours regarding the launch of Royal Enfield Interceptor were there for long. However, earlier, it was expected to get a 750cc motor which the brand thought to be “too much”. The Interceptor name has been revived after being used between 1960 and 1970 and it reflects the unmistaken brand history.
As the brand has already sniffed success with its 650cc twins from its potential customers, the models are ready to be launched in several markets around the world including our country as well that has already shown huge interest in them. Now, before the Chennai based retro motorcycle brand commercially launches the motorcycles here, let us take a close look at the facts of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650:
|Royal Enfield Interceptor 650||Late 2018|
As like its Continental GT cousin, it will have the same international specification for India as well with good safety equipment level as standard. It will arrive following its debut in Europe around April when the riding season kicks in as A2 license holders are targeted.
We expect it to go on sale by Q3 2018 before expanding its presence to all RE showrooms across the country by the end of the calendar year. With production to begin at the new Vallam Vadagal plant near Oragadam in Tamil Nadu later this year, Middle East and Southeast Asia markets are also eyed at.
|Expected Price||Rs. 3.5-4 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)|
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is expected to be priced at around Rs. 3.5-4 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). We could be learning more about it in the coming months. It will be priced very competitively against the Harley Davidson Street 750. In Australia, it is tentatively priced at AUD 10,000 (Rs. 5 lakh), 400 dollars lesser than the Continental GT 650.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Engine and Specification
|Engine||650 cc, air-cooled, fuel injected, twin-cylinder|
|Maximum Power||47 hp @ 7,100 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||52 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|Transmission||six-speed with slip assist clutch|
Royal Enfield’s first 650 cc twin cylinder engine is the power source of this retro looking Interceptor 650. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed transmission and churns out 47 hp of peak power at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Expect the engine to deliver generous amount of fuel efficiency with ample whomp. The gearbox on the Interceptor 650 further has a slip assist clutch for easy gearshifts and to provide a lighter clutch.
Speaking about this all-new engine, it comes with a low 9.5:1 compression ratio that ensures the motor’s low state of tune. It can run well even on poor quality fuel as well. It comes equipped with a Bosch fuel injection system and the engine’s 270 degree crank means it delivers a V-twin like feel. Interestingly, this same engine also powers the other 650 cc model from the brand, Continental GT 650.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Top Speed
|Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Top Speed||170+ kmph|
For its capacity and superior top end, we believe Royal Enfield will tune the engine to maximum speed of more than 170 kmph. It could be further more too!
|Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Mileage||25 kmpl|
We expect the Interceptor 650 to return close to 25 kmpl when sanely ridden but it is just our assumption and we will let you know the exact figure when it is officially available.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Tyre, Brake and Suspension
|Wheels||18-inch (Front), 18-inch (Rear)|
|Brakes||320 mm disc (Front), 240 mm disc (Rear)|
|Suspension||41 mm USD fork (Front), twin shock absorber (Rear)|
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 runs on 18-inch retro looking multi-spoke wheels wrapped with meaty rubbers. For braking duty, this motorcycle relies on 320 mm front disc brake up front and a 240 mm rear disc brake does duty at rear. Suspension setup for the motorcycle includes 41 mm USD front forks with 110 mm travel, while rear features twin shock absorber with 88 mm travel.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes donning a retro styling that is very similar to Triumph Bonneville, as we have already said. It gets a classic round shaped headlamp with chrome finished bezel. There is a small and compact visor ahead and a twin-pod instrument cluster with analog and digital display. The handlebar has been designed in combination with rider seat to deliver a leaning riding stance.
Built on steel tubular, double cradle chassis the motorcycle has a 13.7-litre capacity fuel tank that ensures a generous running range without refueling. The 202 kg weighing motorcycle gets a retro styled diamond pattern stitching on the plain seat that offers comfortable riding experience to both rider and passenger. The motorcycle shares taillight, rear turn indicators and aluminium exhaust with its sibling Royal Enfield Continental GT 650.
The Interceptor makes heavy use of 1960s design with seven-inch headlight, twin-clock front and quilted twin seat, Monza-style fuel cap, narrow teardrop tank stamped with a classic badge, duel-cradle frame with a rear loop similar to original Interceptor. The Interceptor comes with the clothing of a proper retro classic and from some angles, it resembles the Bonneville T100.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Dimension
|Ground Clearance||174 mm|
|Seat Height||804 mm|
Dimensionally, Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 measures 2,122 mm in length, 789 mm in width, 1,165 mm in height and it also has a ground clearance of 174 mm. The motorcycle comes with a seat height of 804 mm.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 will be available in three different colour options that are – Orange Crush, Ravishing Red and Silver Spectre. It could get a chrome variant and a blue paint job later.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Rivals
Upon launch, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 will compete against rival like the Harley Davidson Street 750.