Launch price Rs 1.82 lakhs for Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 on road Mumbai

Launch price of Rs 1,82,571 for the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 – The Ultimate Highway Cruiser in India would make the Thunderbird 500 the most expensive Royal Enfield model to date. The bike was earlier seen at the 2012 Indian Auto Show. With this launch today, biking enthusiasts will now see what exactly this motorcycle has to offer. The first Thunderbird from RE was launched way back in 2002.

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Thunderbird 500 will sit lower than the current model Thunderbird 350. It has a lower saddle height and possesses a black powder coated engine. Exhaust muffler has been redesigned while newly designed front headlights and LED tail lamps have been added. Its engine will be a 500 cc single cylinder air cooled unit generating 27.2 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm mated to a 5 speed gearbox.

New bits of technology and features are what makes this model thus priced and will include the likes of projector headlight, fuel injection, gas charged suspension, front disc brakes and digital LCD console. Royal Enfield has given the Thunderbird 500 a new instrument cluster with digital odometer, trip meter and fuel meter and will be offering the vehicle in a choice of three colors – Midnight Black, Arctic Winter Black and Matte Black Metallic.

Other features include, new and updated unit engine construction, 20 liters fuel tank, electric/kick start, hazard lights, 19″ front tire 90/90 52P, 18″ rear tire, 62P. Royal Enfield claims that on a dull tank, the new Thunderbird will be able to travel a distance of 500 kms, this means that the new Thunderbird gives a mileage of 25 kmpl. Royal Enfield also stated that they aim to sell 1 lakh motorcycles this year.


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Nabanita Singha Roy

Nabanita Singha Roy

Love for a red car has with experience transformed to a detailed outlook for around the clock news from Nabanita Singha Roy. Starting out as auto blogger in 2009, her inextricable editorial approach guarantees diverse storylines for a widely enthusiastic automotive readership.

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  • critiq

    …for a 200k bike this looks like a mobile spare parts display….wake up enfield..wake up India……

  • Bullet Fan

    Enfield is getting a little greedy. The bike shouldn’t cost more than other 500cc bikes it sells and RE can easily amortize the R&D costs considering the huge fan base and waiting period. Too bad there aren’t many competitors to check this freemarket imbalance, Yezdi should be relaunched in the 400cc segment.