Royal Enfield 650cc twins should be available by June

Published: 08 November 2017

After months of speculation, Royal Enfield revealed not one, but two new models powered by an all new 650cc parallel twin engine at the recent Milan Show. Those two bikes are the café racer Continental GT and the more upright Interceptor.

The all new engine - which we initially believed to have a capacity of 750cc - features a single piece forged crank with a 270º firing order to give the engine a character and sound more akin to a V-twin. fuel injection is provided by electronic gurus Bosch.

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Royal Enfield claim the new engine produces 47bhp and 38ftlb of torque at 4000rpm. That means both new models will be available to those on an A2 licence. Both bikes feature 18 inch wheels front and rear, with a single 320mm disc at the front and 240mm disc at the rear - both equipped with ABS.

The Continental GT has a kerb weight of 198kg without fuel, while the Interceptor is slightly heavier at 202kg. 

The Continental GT comes in three colours; Ice Queen, Sea Nymph and Black Magic. The Interceptor is available in Orange Crush, Ravishing Red and Silver Spectre.

Speaking at Motorcycle Live, Head of Product Strategy, Mark Wells, said: "We originally looked at a 600cc engine but in the end opted for 650cc. We wanted the bikes to be an accessible step up.

"The bikes we've shown are pre-production prototypes, but we're aiming for them to be available around May/June. We haven't decided on a price yet, but we're aiming to keep them accessible."

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