As per the recent media reports, the much-awaited RE Himalayan 650 is definitely in the works and it is getting closer to an official reveal in the coming months. The rumours regarding the existence of the Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 started three years back in 2018 and finally, we have a concrete update on the upcoming motorcycle.
According to the latest details available, Royal Enfield’s 650cc adventure motorcycle is being developed at the brand’s UK technology centre, which has a private testing facility, the reason Himalayan 650 has not been spotted to date.
Earlier, the RE Himalayan 650 was rumoured to launch in India in 2021 but as the brand is busy testing the upcoming Hunter 350, Scrambler 350, and the all-new Cruiser 650, it seems like the Himalayan 650 will take some more time to enter the adventure motorcycle segment. We are expecting the motorcycle to launch in India by the end of 2022 or in early 2023.
As Royal Enfield’s CEO Siddhartha Lal has already hinted at a bigger Himalayan, one fact that comes clear is that it will share the engine with the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. The 648cc twin-cylinder engine is good for 47HP @ 7250 rpm and 52Nm @ 5250 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The same engine on the Himalayan 650 is expected to generate a different set of output figures to suit the characteristics of an adventure motorcycle.
The present-generation RE Himalayan is powered by a 411cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, BS6-compliant engine producing maximum power of 24.3HP @ 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 32 Nm @ 4250 rpm. The bigger Himalayan will be offered a lot of design changes to overcome the limitations of the current-gen model while the pricing is expected to stay around Rs 3.00-3.25 lakhs (ex-showroom).
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