Royal Enfield GT 535 Cafe Racer To be replaced by the upcoming Continental GT 650 along with the Interceptor 650.
Royal Enfield is the talk of the town these days. The company has been re-invented by Eicher Motors completely with its sales operations now taking place globally. Royal Enfield is the oldest two-wheeler brands in India and is the most successful of the ones who survived. Certain innovative ideas like setting up temporary service centres en route during riding season to Leh, Ladakh and updating their portfolio to younger colours and newer models have pushed the sales to new heights. While most of RE models are hot-sellers, the Royal Enfield GT 535 Cafe Racer has been discontinued owing to low demand.
Both the Bullet and the Thunderbird range have been in production for decades with minimal changes and the Continental GT offered a fresher approach. While the approach was fresh, there was hardly any market for Cafe Racers and even one from Hero, the Splendor Pro Classic is a rare sight in this nation. Reaching the end of January, the Continental GT sold mere 3 units nationally and was finally scrapped. Being the most expensive model in the company’s lineup, the Continental GT sure paved the way for its upcoming replacement, the Continental GT 650.
Royal Enfield GT 535 Cafe Racer to be Replaced by GT 650
The upcoming Continental GT 650 will replace the out-of-production GT and will be launched alongside the Interceptor 650. This is done in tandem to associate both with the legendary Interceptor which was launched in India back in 1960 and went on till 1970. Some say, like the discontinued Continental GT, the Interceptor 750 was also ahead of its time and suffered a similar fate.
Both the upcoming twins will carry the same twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled 650cc engine. The engine churns out 47bhp of power at 7,100 rpm and 52Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. If the engine would feature a different set of tune on either bike, it’s hard to say. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox powering the rear wheel with a chain-type final drive. The cycle parts include front featuring inverted telescopic shocks while the rear gets twin coil-over shocks.
On the safety front, the upcoming 650 twins feature disc brake at both ends. ABS will be available but as per reports, it will stick to just the front wheel. We expect Royal Enfield to price the upcoming Continental GT 650 to be around INR 3.3 lakh and the Interceptor 650 to be around INR 3.9 lakh.
Stay tuned for more info on the now discontinued Royal Enfield GT 535 Cafe Racer and on the upcoming Royal Enfield bikes.