Ahead of its scheduled global launch, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has been spotted parked in its home ground, Chennai. The last time the bike was spotted testing in India, was it the Continental GT 650, again in Chennai. While the India launch is far away, RE CEO, Siddhartha Lal has confirmed that the bookings for the 650 twins will start in November 2018. Now, the main difference between both the bikes is that the Interceptor is a classic roadster and the Continental GT is a cafe racer. A week ago, the RE manual guide for both the bikes with their specification sheets was leaked out. Both are built on the same platform and chassis, just they both look a bit different. Currently, the most powerful bike in RE India lineup is the Continental GT 535.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 will come with a 648cc liquid cooled parallel-twin cylinder engine. This engine produces around 47 BHP @ 7100 RPM of max. power and 52 Nm @ 5200 RPM of peak torque. The engine comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox with an Assist and Slipper clutch.
The bike is a bit bigger than then Continental GT 650, as the Interceptor is more tall and wider. Both are equipped with a Steel and Tubular Cradle frame. In the front, it gets Twin fork suspensions and Twin-coil over shocks in rear wheels. For braking process, both use a 320 mm disc in the front and 240 mm disc in the rear with a dual-channel ABS system.
The Interceptor comes with a 13.7 Litre fuel tank and 0.75 reserve fuel tank. Expecting a mileage of around 20 kmpl, the riding range of the bike will be around 300 kms roughly. The top speed of the classic racer is reported to be around 160 km/hr. However, the Interceptor weighs 202 kgs and the Continental weighs a bit less.
Since its a classic racer, the features expected are not that much. However, these bikes are best when with a retro touch. It comes with features such as Clip-on handlebars, Front and Rear Disc Brakes with dual-channel ABS, Halogen headlamps, Twin Pod Speedometer, Single Person Seat (Optional on Continental GT 650) and Upswept Twin Exhaust.
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