After revealing its all-new 650cc Parallel Twin engine, Royal Enfield has unveiled the two bikes that will be powered by it. The new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 both were unveiled at the 2017 EICMA or Milan Motorcycle Show.
The Heritage-inspired Twins carry the Royal Enfield legacy and character into the 21st century. The original Interceptor was developed in the ‘60s and was designed to impress the customers in US market, especially California where the motorcycle was exported. The Continental GT has its roots from the café racer scene from England during the ‘50s and ‘60s period and was said to be one of the first factory-made café racer motorcycles one could buy at that time.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Twin and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Twin both are powered by the all-new 650cc Parallel Twin engine. This motor has been styled to look old-school but underneath that vintage shell is a modern piece of engineering. It is said to be Royal Enfield’s most forward-looking engine with fewer components, less weight and easier maintenance.
Both the motorcycles have true highway capability unlike the previous offerings from Royal Enfield. The bikes are said to be agile and fun to ride. The bikes are designed and engineered to be accessible to customers all over the world. Both the Twins have been extensively road-tested in India and UK and also at the Idiada track in Spain.
And that is not all, Royal Enfield has also come up with a range of accessories and merchandising for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Twin and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Twin. The design and validation of these accessories were done along with the motorcycles.
2017 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 Images:
2017 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Twin:
The Interceptor 650 has a more upright riding position and is inspired by the design style of the ’60s. It features 7-inch headlight, twin clock front and quilted twin seat. The narrow teardrop fuel tank gets a classic badge and a Monza-style fuel cap. The core of the new Royal Enfield Inceptor is made on a dual cradle frame with a rear loop. The suspension has been developed for precise, immediate handling while staying agile and light.
2017 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Colours:
The new Interceptor will be offered in 3 Colours – Orange Crush, Ravishing Red and Silver Spectre
2017 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Twin:
The new Continental GT 650 Twin is an evolution of the Continental GT 535, which in turn, was an evolution of the Continental GT 250 which was the original Royal Enfield British café racer. It features a sculpted tank, clip-on handlebars and classic-styled instruments. Rear-set footrests and upswept exhausts provide a sporty riding position where the rider leans forward.
2017 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Colours:
The new Continental GT will be offered in 3 colours – Ice Queen, Sea Nymph and Black Magic
2017 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 Engine Specifications:
Type: 4-stroke, single overhead cam, air-oil cooled, 648 cc parallel twin
Power: 47 bhp @ 7100 rpm
Torque: 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 78 mm x 67.8 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel Management: Fuel injection
Ignition: Digital spark ignition – TCI
2017 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 Frame and Suspension:
Frame: Steel tubular, double cradle frame
Front Suspension: 41 mm front fork, 110 mm travel
Rear Suspension: Twin coil-over shocks, 88 mm travel
2017 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 Dimensions and Weight:
Rake: 24 degrees
Front Wheel: 2.50×18”
Rear Wheel: 3.50×18”
Total Length: 2122 mm
Total Height: 1165 mm / 1024 mm (GT)
Total Width: 789 mm / 744 mm (GT)
Ground Clearance: 174 mm / 790 mm (GT – single seat) | 793 mm (GT – dual seat)
Seat Height: 804 mm
Tank Capacity: 13.7 Litres / 12.5 Litres (GT)
Kerb Weight (no fuel): 202 kg / 198 kg (GT)
Payload: 200 kg
2017 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 Brakes and Tyres:
Front Brake: 320 mm disc, ABS
Rear Brake: 240 mm disc, ABS
Front Tyre: 100/90-18
Rear Tyre: 130/70-18
2017 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 Launch Date:
The motorcycle displayed at the 2017 Milan Motorcycle Show were pre-production units. Royal Enfield has stated that the production versions should be out by April 2018. They will be launched globally in a phased manner.