Royal Enfield is feeling the heat with the launch of Jawa motorcycles in India. According to a recent report, the Classic 350 registered 21% drop in sales in the month of November 2018. Now, the brand has officially confirmed that they are working on two different platforms that will meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms. Most probably, the two will be none other than existing 346cc and 499cc engines with upgraded components. The BS6 Royal Enfield motorcycles are expected to launch in India in 2020.
Both Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are already BS6 compliant while Himalayan may get itself the bigger 650cc engine in place of the present-day unit. This would mean an entire upgrade of the lineup in the coming years. The BS6 models are also expected to get updated modern digital instrument consoles in comparison to the basic present-gen analogue consoles.
Royal Enfield Classic is highest selling motorcycle in their personal lineup while Bullet and Thunderbird series is also quite popular among RE buyers. In terms of safety, the brand has already updated the Classic, Thunderbird, Himalayan, and the Thunderbird X series with 2-channel ABS. The Bullet series also got updated with front and rear disc brakes as standard.
Royal Enfield recently launched the much-awaited 650cc twins in India. The 648cc, twin-cylinder engine claims 80% of the available torque at 2500 rpm, leaving riders with more than 40 Nm of torque before even crouching and twisting the throttle hard on a highway. The official pricing of Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 made almost everyone smile for once, offering a 650cc motorcycle for an effective ex-showroom price tag of INR 2.50 lakh. The Continental GT 650 commands a premium of INR 15,000 over the Interceptor 650.