Royal Enfield Scrambler based on Classic 500 is already offered in European countries as a customisable kit
Royal Enfield retails the Scrambler version of the Classic 500 in foreign markets such as in Europe and it has not been part of the brand’s domestic portfolio. However, it has now been spied at a dealership allegedly in India fuelling speculations of a possible launch.
The homegrown manufacturer has not publicly divulged any information regarding its market entry, and moreover, the all-new 650 cc twins are expected to be the next arrivals. Whether it could be a dealer specific modification job is yet unknown but it looks authentic and factory made in defense of the spy shot.
It could be part of Royal Enfield’s upcoming launch timeframe or simply stay as an one-off customisation mod for a specific buyer. The exterior changes on the Scrambler based on Classic 500 includes an upward positioned exhaust system, rear mudguard set higher deviating from normality, and luggage carrier replacing pillion seat.
In Europe, the Scrambler 500 is sold as a factory-prepped customisable kit and it could approach our local dealerships to provide more buying choice for customers with wider handlebar and dual-purpose tyres. Royal Enfield appears to have delayed the launch of Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 by a few months and rather than the expected timeline of mid-2018, enthusiasts will have to wait till the end of this year.
With high levels of localisation, Royal Enfield will be targetting the premium space held by entry-level Harley Davidson models with the 650 twins. The newly developed 650 cc parallel-twin is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque and is connected to a six-speed transmission. Both the motorcycles will boast technologies like dual-channel ABS and slipper clutch as standard fitments.