Royal Enfield is set to launch the new 2018 Thunderbird 350x and Thunderbird 500x motorcycles in India on 28th February. As reported by us earlier, the launch of the two revamped cruisers was supposed to take place on 22nd February but it got postponed due to some reasons. Our little birdie has revealed the prices of the new 2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350x and Thunderbird 500x. According to our source close to the development, while the 350x will be priced in the country at Rs 1.56 lakh, the 500x will set you back by Rs 1.98 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Having said that, the new models will demand close to Rs 10,000 premium over the existing models. Coming to the changes on the new 2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350x and Thunderbird 500x, the two motorcycles will come with an all-black theme to offer a sporty look. The bikes will be launched in a total of four colour options of Blue, Red, Yellow and White. The new Thunderbirds now get a flat handlebar as against the upright unit seen on the present day model. The two bikes now get nine-spoke alloy wheels with pinstripe that further enhances the sporty appeal. Also, this is the first time that a Royal Enfield will be seen with alloy wheels.
The new 2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350x and Thunderbird 500x will also get tubeless tyres to offer convenience to the rider in case of a puncture. The motorcycle also gets a new rear body grab rail and hence, ditches the pillion backrest as seen on its predecessor. The rear fender on the two motorcycles has also been revised and it looks bolder than before. The seating on the new 350x and 500x sees the body colour stitching which is another decent change.
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Powering the two motorcycles will be the same engine that runs the existing models. Having said that, the new 2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350x sources power from a 346cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine mated to a five-speed transmission. The engine is good for churning out respective power and torque outputs of 19.8 hp and 28 Nm. On the other hand, the engine on the new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500x displaces 499cc and it is good for producing a maximum power output of 27 hp along with a peak torque of 41 Nm. Gearbox on this one is a five-speed unit as well.
With the changes mentioned above, it is clear that Royal Enfield intends to give the Thunderbird twins a sporty makeover. The motorcycles were known for their laidback styling and only time will tell if the cosmetic surgery works in their favour or not!
More details to be revealed on 28th February!