Royal Enfield has launched new variants for the ever so popular Classic models. The Classic 350 is now available in a new gunmetal grey colour scheme priced at Rs 1.59 lakh, while the Classic 500 in now also comes with a black paint job priced at Rs 2.05 lakh, both the prices are on-road, Chennai. Booking of both the motorcycles will start this month. In addition, both the motorcycles have been given some mechanical upgrades, such as an updated swing arm borrowed from the Thunderbird and a disc brake at the rear. Apart from these changes, the new variants will carry the same engine as the regular Classic 350 and Classic 500. The Classic 350 is powered by a 346cc twin-spark, single cylinder engine that develops 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm mated to five-speed manual transmission. The Classic 500 is powered by a 499cc twin-spark, air-cooled engine that makes 27.2 bhp at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm at 4000 rpm.
Earlier this year, Royal Enfiled updated its line up with BS4 emission norms and AHO and also increased prices of its products by Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000. As far as sales figures are concerned, the company witnessed a growth of 22 percent in August 2017 as it sold 67,977 units.These include 63,637 units of motorcycles with the 350cc engine and 4,340 units of those with an engine displacement of 500cc. In a time period from January 2017 to August 2017, the company sold 316,432 units. In addition, the company has also been testing its upcoming motorcycle - Continental GT750, which is expected to launch later this year.
In related news, Royal Enfield's parent company Eicher Motors is setting its sight again on Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, and if reports are to be believed Eicher is poised to make a $1.8-2 billion bid for the same