The upcoming medium displacement cruiser is expected to be launched in mid-2021 at a competitive price point
Royal Enfield is gearing up for an eventful 2021. First, the existing Himalayan is set to receive an update. After that, Interceptor and Continental GT 650 models are set to receive model year updates which will involve addition of alloy wheels.
Then, the company will set out on a product blitzkrieg with next gen 350 cc family of products and the eagerly anticipated 650 cc cruiser. Based on the popular demand by our readers, we imagined the upcoming Royal Enfield 650 cruiser in 8 new colours.
Royal Enfield 650 cruiser
Currently in the advanced phase of testing, the Royal Enfield 650 cruiser will take on the likes of Kawasaki Vulcan 650, Honda Rebel, etc., on the global stage. The low-rider was first previewed at EICMA show in Milan back in 2018. Going by the prototypes that were spotted recently, the production version sports a significantly toned down design but the fuel tank could be a make shift unit.
Royal Enfield is expected to offer the new flagship cruiser will an array of interesting colour themes. We already have presented you with range of palettes before and now here is the second lot. The motorcycle certainly would look good in unconventional color themes of mild orange, yellow, maroon and purple.
The specifications are still under wraps. While presenting the concept, RE hinted that the cruiser, if produced, would feature a twin-cylinder engine with displacement of around 830 cc. However, the prototypes appear to be sporting the existing 650 Twin motor that has received widespread appreciation for its refinement and performance.
On board the Interceptor and Continental GT, the air-cooled V-twin motor displacing 648 cc produces 47 hp and 52 Nm of torque. The 6-speed transmission is likely to be tweaked for relaxed highway touring.
The motorcycle is suspended by inverted telescopic forks at the front, a first for a modern RE. The rear suspension is composed of traditional twin shock absorbers. Alloy wheels, thick tyres and dics brakes at either end are standard. The motorcycle will also be equipped with standard dual-channel ABS.
Keeping up with the connectivity trend, we expect the upcoming Royal Enfield 650 cruiser to offer Bluetooth enabled smartphone connectivity for music and navigation.
Launch and price
The yet-to-be-named Royal Enfield 650 cruiser is expected to be launched in India sometime in the middle of next year. We estimate the price to undercut INR 3 lakh (ex-showroom). The new product will be important for the brand in export markets where it is likely to undercut all its primary rivals.