Both the new bikes are retro styled models. While the Continental GT 650 is a cafe racer — almost identical to the now phased out single-cylinder Continental GT 535 — the Interceptor 650 is a modern classic roadster that derives inspiration from the 60’s Royal Enfield Interceptor.
Both RE 650 motorcycles have telescopic front forks and twin spring gas-charged suspension system at the rear. Braking system has 320mm disc at the front and 240mm disc at the rear. Both motorcycles come with Bosch dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), which is offered as standard.
Powering both the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 is a new 649 cc, air and oil cooled, parallel-twin engine that churns out 47 bhp at 7250 rpm and develops 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 rpm.. About 80 per cent of the torque is available from 2500 rpm and a flat torque curve results in ample power all the way till about 6000 rpm. Sending power to the rear wheels is a 6-speed gearbox that comes with a slipper clutch, for a lighter lever operation. The bikes are capable of speeds in excess of 160 kmph
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 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 starts at an ex-showroom price of Rs 260,000, and the Interceptor 650 starts at an ex-showroom price of Rs 250,000 Deliveries are scheduled to begin by December 2018.