Interceptor 650 Launch in India planned after UK (and probably some other markets)
Royal Enfield has ventured into a new realm with the introduction of their new 650 cc twin cylinder engine which was unveiled at EICMA. It will power many upcoming motorcycles. The first two bikes to be propelled by this motor will be the Continental GT 650 and the more interesting Interceptor 650.
We already know about their specs and details but when is Royal Enfield planning to launch them in India and other markets?
Interceptor 650 Launch
At the official unveiling Siddharth Lal, head of Royal Enfield, officially announced that both the 650 twins will go to the European market first before making their entry into India. Siddharth elaborated that they are in the last stages of getting these bikes into production.
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According to their original plan, initially they will serve the European market and once they start building as many bikes as they need to serve the domestic market they will launch them in India. They had targeted April 2018 for India but it appears that this launch deadline will slip. Launch of both these twins is expected to be delayed by a few months and they may come by mid of this year.
RE – take your time, don’t hurry up on the products – we just do not want a Himalayan-like quality debacle!
Interceptor Spy Pics
Meanwhile, the motorcycle continues testing and has been spotted at the Chennai-Calcutta NH5 by a Team-BHP member. It is running on black exhausts but the production version has been showcased with chrome-wrapped canisters.
Bookings Open in International Markets
Millenium Motorcycles, who is a franchisee dealer of Royal Enfield in UK has commenced bookings of Interceptor 650. According to one of their post, booking amount is just £100 and the motorcycle will be available in all the three colours – Orange Crush, Ravishing Red and Silver Spectre. They promise nationwide delivery and low rate of finance. RE has also started pre-launch proceedings in Australia.
Royal Enfield has announced that it will be a single spec motorcycle which will be sold across the world. Obviously there will be minor changes with respect to the various geography guidelines but by and large they will be very similar.
Interceptor 650 Price?
There is nothing that Siddharth Lal revealed during the unveiling but he did say that “you will be positively surprised” when asked about the expected price of these twins.
Millenium Motorcycles estimates the price to be £6000 which is about 5.15 Lakhs in INR and about £800 costlier than the single cylinder CGT 535 (£5199). They clear that the actual price will be announced at the formal launch.
Since they will be twin cylinder motorcycle they won’t come cheap for sure. And considering that the current single cylinder Continental GT 535 is sold at around 2.15-2.20 lakh on road in India, something in the ballpark of 2.99 to 3.49 Lakhs (ex-showroom) for these twins will be ‘interesting’!