Royal Enfield is on rise ever since Siddhartha Lal became its CEO. After successfully launching a series of models from Classic to Himalayan , Royal Enfield is ready to take on big boys (Harley Davidson and Triumph). Also keeping his global ambition for RE, has introduced not one but two bikes at EICMA Milan. Both bike are in development since early 2014 and will have newly developed 650 cc engine. Hence the Tagline One heart,Two souls. After presenting to global audience today these bikes will formally be launched around April.
Lets talks about the engine now.
Royal Enfield has unveiled a new 650 cc parallel twin engine at the Royal Enfield UK Technical Center at Bruntingthorpe in United Kingdom.
The engine produces 47 HP at 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque figure of 52 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It has a four valve SOHC layout and 270 degree forged crank that helps producing a ‘Rumble’ sound as compared to the trademark ‘thumping’ sound produced by the Royal Enfield engines. . According to the company the engine will be compliant with Euro 4 and BS4 statndards and will also be able to scale up to Euro 5 and BS6 if required. And it old fashion air cooled
As Siddhartha Lal CEO Royal Enfield told Overdrive: The first sketches and designs were made in January 2014. Obviously that means we had started thinking about it before that. But in fact, it started life as a 600cc twin. But we weren’t confident of meeting the ton. That’s 160kmph or 100mph. So we eventually upgraded it to 650 and now it certainly crosses the ton.
TWO SOULS- The legends have returned
THE INTERCEPTOR TWIN and THE CONTINENTAL GT 650 PARALLEL TWIN are the two souls that bound to single 650 cc heart.
— Royal Enfield (@royalenfield) November 7, 2017
The single goal for these bikes was to take on Harley’s around the world. Especially in Europe and US where RE felt that its current portfolio was under powered and not up to the competition. To start with they take inspiration from gold era of their heritage. The above names were that made Royal Enfield popular in 50-60s. We will discuss in detail about in Next post.