The latest set of spy shots reveal all the changes and upgrades that come on board the new 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird.
Royal Enfield is going to launch the new generation Thunderbird at the 2020 Auto Expo. The cruiser looks to be in its final stages based on these new spy shots. Along with Thunderbird, the new generations of Bullet and Classic will also be introduced.
The latest spy shots of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird X indicate that the riding posture will be completely different now. Looks like the seat is taken a bit behind, to offer a more comfortable position. You get the split-seat styling with a flat single-piece handlebar now.
The footpegs have also been shifted a bit ahead and the fuel tank is slightly bigger now. In terms of design, the front portion does not undergo any big change, but the tail portion is completely revised. Thunderbird is actually, the only cruiser in the RE lineup and now spotted test mule looks more like a cruiser.
Other new bits include new chrome-plated exhaust muffler, new halogen headlamps and a revised tail section. The speedometer is now a single-pod cluster with a small LCD display in between. The new speedometer will show information such as riding range, gear indicator and real-time fuel efficiency.
Mechanical changes will include a new BS-6 compliant engine, which will get major upgrades to comply with BS-6 norms. The updated engine will offer more power and quicker acceleration. It will continue with the same 346cc air-cooled engine, but with Fuel Injection as standard. The power figures are likely to be increased by a bit.
The Thunderbird will continue with the same twin shock absorbers at the back but will be tuned to offer a more comfortable ride. The positions of the sprocket and the rear disc have also been interchanged.
The same engines power the Bullet, Classic and Regular Thunderbird series and all of them will get the updated engine. Meanwhile, RE has now launched the more-affordable Bullet 350S, which goes for Rs 1.12 Lakhs (ex-showroom).
The same updates are likely to come on the Bullet and Classic range as well. There is no word on the 650 Twins yet, but the Himalayan is speculated to get a bigger 650cc engine, from the Twins. If launched, it will be the most affordable parallel-twin cylinder ADV.