Royal Enfield Continental GT Launched in UK; India Launch Next Month; Specs Revealed

by Bishakh on September 12, 2013

The much-awaited Continental GT from Royal Enfield’s stable has been auspicated in the UK, so says Visordown. UK is a major haven for Royal Enfield, and thus justifies its positioning ahead of the Indian launch…well..sort of!

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The ushering in was done in typical Royal Enfield fashion, with more emphasis on customer connect and engagement rather than supposed mindless spending on glossy ads and banners. To mark the event, 43 riders rode out on the RE Continental GTs from Ace Cafe in London to Brighton. The ride ended at Brooklands motorsport museum in Weybridge, Surrey. Mr. Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO of Eicher Motors Ltd, made a presentation describing the product.

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It costs £5,200 on-road in the UK which translates into whooping figure when converted to INR. Don’t worry, it will definitely be cheaper in India, but we can’t rely on simple Google-search conversion rates to let you know about the price, thanks to the very sacred rupee’s recent somersaults.

Coming back to the Continental GT, Visordown says that the single-cylinder mill belts out 29.1 bhp and 32.4 lbft of torque. Whether these figures are good or not depends on one’s aspirational levels and desires.

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Royal Enfield has claimed that riders nowadays are looking for authentic, evocative and uncomplicated motorcycles. They have plonked the tried-and-tested single-cylinder, air-cooled overbore Unit Construction Engine (UCE) onto the relatively modern double-cradle frame. It has a remapped ECU to deliver that extra spunk.

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The rest of the bike has been designed afresh. RE claims that the bike possesses razor sharp handling, thanks to the new frame and the 41mm front forks as well as the twin gas-charged Paioli shocks. Running astride on Pirelli Sport Demons, there should be astounding levels of grip. Tremendous stopping power is also claimed, courtesy Brembo brakes.

Mr. Lal proudly announced that the Continental GT is their lightest, fastest and most-powerful bike. He even suggested that it is the most engaging middle-size motorcycle in the world.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Engine : 535 cc UCE Mill
  • Peak Power : 29.1 bhp @ 5100 rpm
  • Peak Torque : 44 Nm @ 4000 rpm
  • Engine Management System : Keihin FI
  • Transmission : 5 Speed Manual
  • Frame : Steel Double Cradle Type
  • Suspension (Front) : 41 mm Telescopic Forks
  • Suspension (Rear) : Paioli Gas-charged Shocks
  • Brakes (Front) : Floating, Double-caliper Brembo unit
  • Brakes (Rear) : Floating, Single-caliper Brembo unit
  • Tyres : Pirelli Sport Demon at both front and rear
  • Fuel Tank Capacity : 13.5 Litres
  • Weight (Wet) : 184 Kilograms

Expected Price In India : 2-2.5 Lakhs INR
Expected Launch Window : Next Month

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faisal September 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Too expensive and won’t work in India if priced this way, they need to work on offering value, at least not price it near Duke 390.

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ashutosh September 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

29 bhp from a 500cc motorcycle. what a joke…. i think you guyz still need to work hard before you put a product in the market like that. silly bike!!

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Manas September 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

mr ashutosh that is because you dont seem to have rode a RE :-)..no offence meant
but please dont compare royal enfield with other new gen sports bikes…they both are a class apart

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vishal September 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

It brings alive heritage. A piece of art that works. Why drool over a 50s Goldstar cafe racer or a Domi when you can ride the real thing. Well done RE. For the modern bike guys…. well… you will never know.

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Reeto September 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

This is a disappointment for RE fans in India. Firstly, RE chose to launch its UCE 535 Cafe Racer in the UK instead of India. RE’s UK roots don’t justify this action as India is its home since 50+ years. Secondly the 29 BHP is kinda not too enticing; if the Classic 500 could belt out a 27 BHP, the Cafe Racer should have been tuned to deliver anything northwards of 35 BHP.

RE bikes are neither known for their Power to Weight Ratio nor their blistering performance, so it beats me as to why Siddharth Lal would be emphasizing on the Cafe Racer’s performance (read fastest RE) when it isn’t gonna stand a chance against some of the quicker machines offered by other manufacturers in India itself (leave alone Triumph & Harley). However RE aficionados in India are still gonna hit the showrooms and book it, after all every piece of “junk” that has borne a RE logo has sold in impressive numbers in this country………..hasn’t it.

Just to refresh Mr. Siddharth Lal’s memory, the fastest RE till date was the “Interceptor 750″ that was sold during the 1970s. The motorcycle was discontinued due to its unreliability and lubrication failure issues.

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