The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is set to receive BS6 update alongside its Classic sibling. The new version is an interim measure until the all-new model based on the next generation modular J platform gets ready towards the end of this year or early next year.
Unofficial bookings for the 2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 BS6 have commenced at dealerships across the country with a deposit of INR 10,000 (may vary according to the outlet). Save for the powertrain update, we don’t expect to see any other changes to the good old Bullet 350.
The 346 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine will receive electronic fuel injection system just like the recently launched Classic 350 BS6. In its latest avatar, the motor produces 0.71 hp less at 19.3 hp while maintaining the same torque output of 28 Nm. Transmission will continue to be the 5-speed unit.
Royal Enfield is most likely to introduce new colour options for the Bullet 350 BS6. Both electric and kick start variants are expected to be on offer. The addition of EFI is estimated to inflate the price by around INR 10,000 to 12,000. For reference, the base kick start variant currently retails for INR 1.21 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The frame, suspension, brake and other components will stay unchanged for now. The retro-classic motorcycle is equipped with traditional telescopic front fork and twin rear shock absorbers. Braking is courtesy of a 280 mm front disc and a 153 mm rear drum. Single-channel ABS is a standard fitment. The motorcycle sits on spoked wheels which are wrapped with 3.75 x 19 tyres.
The 2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 BS6 is set to be launched in the coming days. The motorcycle is a more accessible alternative to the popular Classic 350. The Bullet 350 is the most affordable motorcycle in RE’s currently portfolio but once the product onslaught begins at the end of Q1 2020, there would be a lighter and more affordable offering which will target younger and women audience. Likely to be christened as the Explorer, the new product will adopt retro classic design but is likely to have a more youthful appeal.
Like most other two wheeler OEMs, Royal Enfield has been struggling with sluggish sales for the past several months. Regular inflow of products from rivals in the price range adds to the pressure. The new products are expected to give the brand some relief.