Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 spied on test in Chennai

At the 2017 EICMA, Royal Enfield unveiled their fastest and most powerful motorcycles. One of them has now been spied in India ahead of launch. Images - Logesh. Spotted at - Global Automotive Research Centre, Oragadam, Chennai.

At the EICMA 2017, the oldest motorcycle manufacturing company in the world, Royal Enfield announced the global debut of their all new 650 cc motorcycles – the Interceptor and Continental GT650. Both bikes will launch by April 2018. Ahead of that, one of them has now been spied in India.

Just like the Continental GT 650, the Interceptor 650 is also powered by the company’s new twin cylinder 650 cc engine. This engine has been specially developed to power new generation of Royal Enfield motorcycles which will be launched in the coming years, starting from the Interceptor and Conti 650. Both these bikes will first be launched in April 2018. By June 2018, Royal Enfield says it will be available across the globe.

Why the name ‘Interceptor’? RE says, 2018 marks the return of one of Royal Enfield’s most loved classic motorcycles. Hailing from a time when all that mattered was that the California sun was out and the surf was up, the new Interceptor retains every bit of charm that made it a legend.

Powered by the air-oil cooled parallel 650 Twin, the Interceptor is a trove of ’60s design staples with its 7″ headlight, twin clock front and quilted twin seat. The narrow teardrop tank is slapped with a classic badge and topped with a Monza-style fuel cap. A dual cradle frame with a rear loop makes up the core, by way of a nod to the original Interceptor.

The Interceptor exudes a versatile, laid-back attitude with its upright riding position. And its suspension is developed for precise, immediate handling while staying agile and light. Fun, under your control – says Royal Enfield. Three colour options are on offer – Ravishing Red, Orange Crush and Silver Spectre.

The 650 Twin is the rebirth of Royal Enfield’s legendary parallel twin cylinder engine. And it’s driving two Royal Enfield classic motorcycles – the Interceptor and the Continental GT. While classically styled and visually beautiful, the new engine is Royal Enfield’s most forward-looking yet, with a cleaner, elegant look, fewer components, less weight and easier maintenance.