Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 make their first-ever public appearance in India at this year’s Rider Mania, the largest gathering of RE enthusiasts
Royal Enfield, the popular South India-based motorcycle company, showcased its ground-up modern twin motorcycles, the Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650, at the Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2017 at Vagator Goa. Both the new REs made their debut at the recently concluded EICMA 2017 and have finally their first-ever appearance at a public event in India.
Introducing the Interceptor INT 650, Mr. Siddhartha Lal, CEO Royal Enfield said, “The Interceptor INT 650 carries forward the Royal Enfield legacy into the 21st century. While in its essence it retains the design and old-school character, it has all the underpinnings of a modern machine. It combines agility, usable power, excellent ergonomics and style in an unintimidating manner. However, the Interceptor INT 650 is more than the sum of its parts; it is great fun to ride and brings a smile on your face every single time that you ride it.”
Speaking about the unveil of the new motorcycles at Rider Mania, Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield, said, “Being authentic, accessible and creating motorcycles that are evocative, is at the core of all things we do. As a brand, we encourage our riders in their journey of self-expression and exploration. It is this idea that they relate to, even before they buy our motorcycles. The new 650 twins will help us strengthen this proposition further. Showcasing these new motorcycles to our community, much before its launch, is testament to the fact that our riders and community are at the heart of our brand, and that they are the true custodians of our brands purpose of Pure Motorcycling. Rider Mania is the world’s largest gathering of Royal Enfield enthusiasts and it is a celebration of motorcycling as a way of life. Unveiling the new twin motorcycles exclusively to the community at Rider Mania is our idea of celebrating the spirit of this community”.
In addition to the Interceptor INT 650, Royal Enfield also showcased the new Continental GT 650. Talking about Continental GT 650 as his personal favourite, Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield, said, “The GT has been an iconic motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s portfolio. Since its launch in 2013, the Continental GT has helped the brand strengthen its position in mature motorcycle markets across the world. In its new avatar, the Continental GT 650 is the absolute definitive cafe racer that will be loved by discerning riders across the world.”
Talking about the significance of the new twins in Royal Enfield’s global foray, Siddhartha said, “Royal Enfield aims to lead and expand the mid-weight (250-750cc) motorcycle segment globally. The Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 will help grow this segment. While for our large customer base in India, the new 650 twins will be a compelling upgrade, we believe it will attract customers from other developing markets in SouthEast Asia and Latin America to graduate to the middle weight segment. In addition, the 650 twins will offer a very evocative option to customers in mature motorcycle markets such as Europe, Australia and North America. For us, this marks the beginning of a new chapter at Royal Enfield”
Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 Specifications
|47 PS at 7,000 RPM
|52 Nm at 4,000 RPM
|6-Speed, Manual Transmission
The new Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 get a new 650cc parallel-twin engine that looks a lot like another RE parallel twin of the yore. That said, the new motor is a thoroughly modern unit and offers a peak power of 47 PS at 7,000 RPM along with a max torque of 52 Nm at 4,000 RPM. The motor comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and has a SOHC head. The oil-cooler for the engine features a small radiator that is mounted on the double-cradle chassis. The new motorcycle weighs 200 KGs.
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