While the Thunderbird comes in 350cc and 650cc variants, the need for a more powerful one was felt somehow. The internationally popular Continental GT and Interceptor get a 650cc engine. Also, the speculating rendering of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 could say that it can launch by the end of 2018. Read ahead to know more.
Royal Enfield will always capture the heart of people with its iconic ‘dug-dug-dug-dug’. Times have changed and RE has now started to modernize its old-school cafe racers and cruisers. The RE Thunderbird series is the only cruiser in their lineup and looks quite latest. Even if it does not get updated features, the design is enough to tell. The series gets 350cc and 500cc variants, which might be joined by a new 650cc variant. A speculative rendering of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 has been done. The 500cc variants are there in the Indian lineup, but as we always say, more power is always appreciated. Based on the rendering, we have also speculated the features, specs, price and the launch date of the cruiser. We expect it to launch by 2018-end with a price of around Rs 3 Lakhs. Check out more details of the bike in this article.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 Price in India
|Price (expected)||Rs 3 Lakh (ex-showroom)|
The new 650 CC cruiser motorcycle from Royal Enfield will launch in many markets across the world. In a highly price sensitive market like India, where the selling price plays a huge role in the buying decision, it gets really important for companies to have an ultra-competitive price. Prices are likely to be kept around the Rs 3 lakh range.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 Launch Date
|Launch Date (expected)||2018|
It is said that production of the new motorcycle will start in 2-3 months and is expected to launch by the end of 2018. The launch of the new Thunderbird will follow the introduction of the new 650 CC twins. Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 will mark their debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The 650 CC Interceptor has just made its public debut at EICMA in 2017 and will first go on sale in Europe. Subsequently, it will also launch in India, where it is likely to come around by May next year. Royal Enfield has promised its fans that the new 650 CC motorcycle will launch in all the markets where RE has a presence by June next year.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 – Design
In terms of designs, there would be no major changes if compared to the current Thunderbird models. It would likely get some decals or some minor cosmetic changes like a new colour scheme, optional windscreen and an optional storage compartment. Mostly, there will be only major mechanical changes.
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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 Specifications
|Engine||650 CC Liquid-Cooled|
|Maximum Power||47 PS at 7,000 RPM|
|Peak Torque||52 Nm at 4,000 RPM|
|Transmission||6-Speed, Manual Transmission|
The new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 will gets its engine from the Interceptor. The new Royal Enfield comes with a new 650cc parallel-twin engine that looks a lot like another RE parallel twin of the yore. However, the new motor is a thoroughly modern unit and offers a peak power of 47 PS at 7,000 RPM along with a maximum torque of 52 Nm at 4,000 RPM. The engine will be 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.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 – Features
The cruiser is likely to get the features which are not much different from the other Thunderbird siblings in the market. It might get the Dual-Channel ABS with front and rear disc brakes. Other features will include an Engine Kill Switch, LED Always On projector headlamps, full instrument panel with digital trip meter and low fuel oil and side stand sensors. Royal Enfield makes classic old-school cruisers and cafe racers and most of its buyers do not see its features. Just the looks are enough for this bike.
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