Royal Enfield Hunter 350 launch could take place next month. The most affordable model from the company will also be the lightest of the lot…
So, with each passing day, the hype for Royal Enfield’s upcoming motorcycles is growing ten-folds. Bikers and RE fans are waiting impatiently for new bikes to join the company’s 350 cc, 650 cc and especially the new 450 cc platform.
An online portal has very confidently shared some new details regarding the tentative pricing, variants and rendered images of the upcoming Royal Enfield Hunter 350.
So, here are the new details that have surfaced:-
Styling & Appearance
- The online portal has shared the rendered images of the alleged codename ‘J1C1’ or the upcoming Hunter 350, the front three-quarter and the rear three-quarter view.
- The Hunter 350 in the renders exudes pure retro-roadster aesthetics.
- The design is very reminiscent of the popular Triumph Street Twin.
- The retro elements like, tear-drop shaped tank, long single-unit seat, conventional suspension components, round light-units & rear-view mirrors etc. add a distinct touch to the upcoming bike.
- It is rumoured to sport a low seat-height and will be the lightest in the line-up; could weigh less than 190-195 kg.
Engine & Performance
- Powering the Hunter 350 will be the new much-admired J-series engine that powers the Meteor 350 and the Classic Reborn.
- It will probably be utilising the same frame, underpinnings and suspension setup as the other 350 cc siblings.
- The 349 cc single-cylinder engine may continue to produce 20.2 HP and 27 Nm of torque connected to a 5-speed constant-mesh transmission system.
- Highly unlikely RE will bring any change to the tuning of this engine.
- Now this information is much more interesting than the rest.
- The portal shares that other than the J1C1 model, there is a codenamed J1C2 model as well.
- This means that Royal Enfield could offer the Hunter 350 in two variants.
- This speculation holds water as recently we have seen a pair of Hunter 350 test-bikes being tested in a more off-road centric avatar sporting spoked wheels and block-pattern tyres.
- Is Royal Enfield following the Honda approach and creating their own version of H’ness 350 and CB350 RS??
Pricing & Launch timeline
- The new Hunter 350 is slated to be the most affordable Royal Enfield offering.
- It is said to be slotted even below the updated Bullet 350, which will debut later this year or early next year.
- This means it can be priced around Rs. 1.30 Lakh – Rs. 1.40 Lakh (ex-showroom).
- The launch timeline is rumored to be somewhere around mid-July.
- The bookings could commence from either June-end or early July.
The new Hunter 350 seems to be an interesting addition to the present line-up of retro-cruisers and Adventure/Scrambler models by RE. The Hunter will be the first roadster model for the company, and a good testing ground for them for their upcoming 450 platform-based roadster which was recently snapped alongside the much-hyped Himalayan 450 ADV.