Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT
Royal Enfield, the Chennai-based motorcycle unit of Eicher Motors Ltd, let loose on Wednesday the proverbial cat among the pigeons by launching the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 at prices that pit the twins squarely against the KTM Duke 390 and BMW 310R and BMW G310GS in India. The Interceptor 650 at ₹2.50 lakh and the Continental GT 650 at ₹2.65 lakh are now the cheapest twin-cylinder motorcycles available in the country.
The KTM Duke 390 retails at ₹2.43 lakh, the BMW G310 R at ₹3.09 lakh and the BMW G310 GS at ₹3.59 lakh. The cheapest twin-cylinder motorcycles after the Royal Enfield 650 twins are the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Yamaha YZF R3 at ₹3.35 lakh and ₹3.49 lakh, respectively.
All prices are ex-showroom, India.
The Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, however, are priced lower in Karnataka and Kerala—at ₹2.34 lakh and ₹2.49 lakh, respectively—to accommodate for higher levies and taxes in those states.
“Keeping these motorcycles accessible is a key objective for us to bring in new people to the Royal Enfield way of pure motorcycling lifestyle and give our existing enthusiasts an irresistible opportunity to upgrade. We strongly believe that the 650 twins will be attractive, evocative motorcycles for our customers across India,” said Siddhartha Lal, chief executive of Royal Enfield.
Here’s a look at the prices of Interceptor 650 and Continental GT:
Interceptor 650 and Continental GT: Technical specifications
Nestled in a double-cradle, steel tubular chassis designed by the UK-based Harris Performance, the all-new, oil- and air-cooled 648cc twin-cylinder engine powering the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 puts out 47 BHP at 7,100rpm at the crank and 52 NM of torque at 4,000rpm.
The engine was developed at Royal Enfield’s technology centre in Leicestershire, England, in collaboration with the firm’s UK staff at the new Bruntingthorpe facility and its team in Chennai.
Both the motorcycles are shod with 18-inch, 36-spoke aluminium alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp tyres—100/90 at the front and 130/90 at the rear. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm conventional forks with 110mm of travel at the front and twin coil-over preload adjustable shocks at the rear.
ABS is standard equipment on the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT as is a slip-assist clutch.
The visual differences between the two motorcycles lie in styling: the Interceptor is street-oriented—with its upright handlebars, flat seat and slightly rearset footpegs—while the Continental GT is the cafe racer complete with a humped seat and low clip-on handlebars.
The Continental GT 650 is slightly shorter in length than the Interceptor 650, which should make it more nimbler around town, on the highways and at the racetrack.
Colours and availability
The Interceptor 650 will be available in six colours—Orange Crush, Mark Three Black, Silver Spectre, Ravishing Red, Baker Express White & Red, and Glitter & Dust Chrome. The paint schemes for the Continental GT are Black Magic, Ventura Blue, Dr Mayhem Grey & Black, Ice Queen White and Mister Clean Chrome.
The motorcycles will come with a three-year warranty and roadside assistance service. Also available are 40 accessories with two-year warranty, as well as gear and apparel.
Royal Enfield commenced online bookings for the 650 twins today and showroom bookings will start tomorrow. Deliveries across 120 dealerships in India are expected to begin by November-end.