Royal Enfield launched highly anticipated Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in India earlier this week. Priced from just Rs 2.34 lakhs, ex-showroom; in spite of being twin cylinder machines, these are priced on par with the likes of KTM Duke 390.
Both machines are poles apart, but there are many buyers who are considering to buy either of the two bikes; more so because these two bikes are priced almost similarly.
Yes, the KTM Duke 390 is a performance machine. It delivers 44 PS and 37 Nm via 6 speed gearbox. And thanks to kerb weight of about 155 kgs, there are not many machines in this price range that can even think of entering in a drag race with the Duke.
Enters Royal Enfield. Wait, what? A Royal Enfield is attempting to have a drag race with KTM Duke 390? Well yes. And thanks to ZigWheels, we now have a clear idea as to who is the winner. Watch the drag race video below.
The results of Royal Enfield 650 vs KTM Duke 390 drag race video are surprising. Its the Royal Enfield 650 which has a better pick up. KTM Duke 390 catches up as it gets to higher rpm. Soon the KTM Duke 390 finds that it is not going to be easy to beat this Royal Enfield.
0-60 kmph recorded by KTM Duke 390 and Royal Enfield 650 in that race 2.77s and 2.87s; 0-100 figures are 5.98s and 6.54s. This means that the Royal Enfield 650 is slightly slower than the KTM Duke 390 in a drag race; which is impressive to say the least. This also means the Royal Enfield 650 is a faster bike than Bajaj Dominar 400 (which is priced from Rs 1.62 lakhs for ABS variant).
The surprise does not end there. When it comes to braking, it is the Royal Enfield 650 which has a better stopping power. 100-0 kmph braking is achieved by RE 650 in 47.21 meters while the same is achieved by KTM Duke 390 in 48.38 meters. Below is a detailed comparison between the two.
Speaking about the Royal Enfield 650 Twins, they s are both modern classic motorcycles and are the most powerful motorcycles from Royal Enfield as on date. The two bikes share the same engine, are offered in three variants each of Standard, Custom and Chrome and sit on 18” wheels but both bikes are notably different in character.
The Interceptor 650 will boast of a California cruiser design as compared to the Continental GT which is a Café Racer. The two bikes will get 5 color options, all of which are named after 70s comic book villains that Include Black Magic (Metallic Black), Ventura Blue (Metallic Blue), Mister Clean (Chrome), Dr Mayhem (Black And Grey) and Ice Queen (Metallic White). Price ranges from Rs 2.34 lakhs to Rs 2.69 lakhs, ex-showroom.