Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 with a BS-6 compliant engine has been spied near the manufacturer’s plant. The updated model could be launched early next year.
Royal Enfield has commenced testing the Continental GT 650 BS-6 version, going by the latest spy shots. The test mule has been spied without any camouflage with a minor but noticeable change.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 with the BS-6 engine is expected to launch early next year or probably at the 2020 Auto Expo. With the updated engine, the prices will also increase by a small margin.
Talking about the spotted test mule, it just gets a newly styled exhaust muffler. Basically, the regular dual-exhaust setup with some extensions on the muffler. We are not sure if the same setup will come on the BS-6 version.
The 648cc parallel-twin cylinder engine on the Twins and the 411cc engine on the Himalaya are comparatively newer than the much older 350cc and 500cc engines. So, the latter two will go through a rigorous update to be BS-6 compliant.
Royal Enfield has already commenced testing the next-generation Bullet, Classic and Thunderbird series and all three of them have been spied multiple times. But these three will also get many more changes.
Royal Enfield is likely to use fuel injection technology for the older engines. Further, there will be minor design changes, new feature additions and the possibility of alloy wheels offered as an option.
The Twins use a 648cc engine, which produces 47 BHP at 7250 RPM and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 RPM, with the motor riding on a 6-speed transmission. The suspension is taken care of by telescopic front forks and twin-gas charged rear shock absorbers. Dual-channel ABS comes in as a standard fitment.
In other news, Royal Enfield has made the Bullet series more affordable by adding a new 350S variant with kick-start and electric start. The prices now start at Rs 1.12 Lakhs for KS and Rs 1.29 Lakhs for ES. This makes the Bullet 350S the most affordable Royal Enfield in India.