Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Debuts – 2017 EICMA
Powered by RE´s all-new parallel-twin engine; Indian launch likely by June 2018.
At the just-begun 2017 EICMA bike show in Milan, Italy, legendary bike brand Royal Enfield has unveiled the all-new Interceptor 650, along with its “birth twin” RE Continental GT 650 Cafe racer. The two motorcycles are RE´s redefining products for 2018 – both modern classic type models that are likely to bring young and middle-aged clientele to the renowned brand.
Yes, like the Continental GT 650, the 2018 RE Interceptor 650 is also powered by the all-new 650 cc parallel-twin engine. The twin-cylinder mill is perhaps the most-promising engine from the RE´ stable, with cleaner, elegant, and light-weight qualities. The company says that it has taken quite an effort to churn out right exhaust tone and burble from its double silencers, there lies the individuality of these bikes, it brags. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine produces 47 bhp power at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It is fuel-injected, along with Digital Spark Ignition – TCI technology.
Design wise, the Interceptor looks versatile and charming, clubs both the classic feeling and modern attitude. The original British Enfield classic racer-inspired rounded-doom headlight, twin-dial instrumentation, and conjoined twin seat makes an interesting proposition. The bike stands on a dual cradle frame with a rear loop, while the front fork and twin-coil shock suspension has been designed for sporty handling.
The Interceptor weights 202 kgs, holds a slightly bigger fuel tank of 13.7 litres capacity than the Continental GT 650. The bikes seat height is at 804 mm, with a ground clearance of 174 mm. The ABS-assisted front and rear disc brakes are on the list too. Both the visual appearance and the technical specification of the Continental GT and Interceptor makes it clear that they are of same origin. Buyers now can choose the model that suits their lifestyles and aspirations, with similar ride and handling fun.