Finally, Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 have been launched in India. GT 650 is a cafe racer and Interceptor is a classic roadster. The prices start off at Rs 2.50 Lakhs onwards.
The much awaited Royal Enfield 650 Twins finally arrive in India. Currently, the Twins are the most powerful Royal Enfield bikes in production. The Interceptor starts off at Rs 2.50 Lakhs and Continental GT 650 starts at Rs 2.65 Lakhs (ex-showroom prices).
GT 650 replaces the GT 535 cafe racer, which was earlier available globally. Interceptor is the classic Roadster, deriving its looks from the original Interceptor of 1960s-70s.
Also, the Twins are the first RE bikes in production which come with a parallel-twin engine.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 comes in 5 different variants and Interceptor comes in 6 variants. In Royal Enfield terms, variants mean colour options. Following are the variants and prices:
|RE Continental GT 650||
RE Interceptor 650
|Black Magic – Rs 2.65 Lakhs||Orange Crush – Rs 2.5 Lakhs|
|Venture Blue – Rs 2.65 Lakhs||
Mark Three Black – Rs 2.5 Lakhs
|Dr Mayhem Grey and Blue – Rs 2.72 Lakhs||Silver Spectre – Rs 2.5 Lakhs|
|Ice Queen White Rs 2.72 Lakhs||Ravishing Red – Rs 2.57 Lakhs|
|Mister Clean Chrome – Rs 2.85 Lakhs||
Baker Express White and Red – Rs 2.57 Lakhs
Glitter and Dust Chrome – Rs 2.70 Lakhs
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 looks like a proper retro cafe racer. If you compare the GT 535 with GT 650, you will notice that the 650 looks a bit subtle and more balanced. With minimalistic body panels, it somewhat fuses retro look with a bit modern touch.
Highlights like the round headlamps, twin-pod analogue cluster, chrome exhaust and of course the twin pea-shooter exhausts define its retro look. These highlights are also seen in Interceptor.
Also, GT 650 gets lowered clip-on handlebars, which puts the rider in a more dedicated riding position.
On the other hand, Interceptor is a Classic Roadster with upright handlebars and a more relaxed seating position. To be frank, Interceptor looks more retro than GT 650, reminding of the original Interceptor.
The differences between the Interceptor and GT 650 include a different set of handlebars, different riding position, the position of foot pegs and design of the fuel tank. Rest of the styling cues remain the same.
Royal Enfield 650 Twins use a 648cc parallel twin-cylinder air-cooled engine. The engine is capable of producing 47 BHP @ 7250 RPM and 52 Nm of torque @ 5250 RPM. This engine is currently the most powerful one globally. As per Royal Enfield, 80% of torque starts at 2500 RPM and then it follows a flat torque curve all the way up to 5250 RPM.
For transmission purposes, Twins use a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch. The gear shifting will thus be quick and light.
Mileage and Fuel Performance
The mileage claimed of the Twins is 25.5 kmpl. Interceptor 650 comes with a 13.7 Litre fuel tank and 0.75-litre reserve capacity. The riding range on INT 650 goes up to 360 kms.
Continental GT 650 gets a 12.5 Litre fuel tank with a reserve capacity of 1.5 Litres. It offers a riding range of up to 350 kms.
The duo manages a top-speed record of around 160 km/hr.
Suspension and Braking
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor share the same mechanicals. The Twins come with 41mm telescopic forks up front and twin-shock absorbers at the back.
For braking purposes, a 320mm disc brake in front and 240 mm disc brake at the back help its way. Dual-channel ABS setup is offered as standard fitment.
|Continental GT 650||Interceptor 650|
|Weight||198 kgs||202 kgs|
Continental GT 650 measures 2122mm long, 765mm wide and 1024mm tall. The ground clearance of both the bikes is the same as 174mm. GT 650 is a bit lighter at 198 kgs and also offers an increased seat height of 804mm.
Interceptor 650 is a bigger bike GT 650 as it is wider and taller. The INT 650 weighs 202 kgs and offers a seat height of 790mm.
Royal Enfield offers over 40 accessories to go with both the motorcycles. The list includes accessories like Lymer and Spirit jackets, a curated range of t-shirts, helmets, Leo boots, ankle-high sneakers, and covert Cordura jeans and Streetborn Gloves.
As of now, no motorcycle of the same body comes in a closer price range. Its nearest opponent is Harley Davidson Street 750, which is priced at Rs 7.31 Lakhs (ex-showroom prices).
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