The highly awaited Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental 650 were showcased for the first time in India a few weeks back at the Rider Mania 2017 event. The launch of the 650 twins will take place sometime in mid next year as told to us by a source close to the development. Express Drives has also learnt that the company's dealerships will start accepting bookings for the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in April 2018. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 made their global debut last month at 2017 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Before the launch of the two Royal Enfield 650 twins, it was widely believed that the bikes will come with a 750cc engine. While Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is a modern day roadster, the Continental GT 650 is its cafe racer version. This is not the first time that Royal Enfield has used the 'Interceptor' nomenclature for its motorcycles as the name used to be very popular back in 1960s for its 736cc twin cylinder classic.
The 648cc parallel twin engine used on the new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 churns out a maximum power output of 47 hp along with a peak torque of 52 Nm. Gearbox is a six-speed unit that gets a slipper clutch for smooth operation during aggressive downshifts. Both motorcycles come equipped with a 320mm disc brake up front along with a 240mm disc brake at the rear. An ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) comes standard.
The Royal Enfield 650 twins will be competitively priced in the Indian two-wheeler market at under Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom). Having said that, the bikes will be the most affordable mid capacity cruisers that you can buy in India. At such a price point, the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will give a tough fight to Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Triumph Bonneville Street Twin that are priced considerably higher.