RE Continental GT 535 global discontinuation soon, will make way for the Continental GT 650
Royal Enfield is planning to pull the plug on the Continental GT 535 in some parts of Europe. Sources further report that the Continental GT 535 will make way for the new Continental GT 650 as well as the Interceptor 650. The bike was discontinued in India in January this year due to poor demand.
Launched back in 2012, the Continental GT 535 had a cult following among the enthusiasts. Despite the cult following, the motorcycle failed to garner volumes not only in its home market but also in the international markets as well. The main reason for the bike to not pick up in the global markets was that the bike was not powerful and fast. Having said that, the new 650cc twins will fill in that gap.
The Continental GT 535 comes powered by a 535cc single-cylinder, fuel injected and air-cooled engine that produces 29 HP of power and 44 Nm of torque. The motor comes paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650, on the other hand, are the most advanced Royal Enfield bikes. Both the bikes come powered by a 648cc parallel-twin engine that produces 47 HP of power and 52 Nm of torque. The powertrain comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with slip and assist clutch.
Both the bikes are likely to be launched in India by the end of this year. The 650 twins are expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 3.5 to 4 lakhs (ex-showroom) in India.
Continental GT 535 Global Discontinuation
– Royal Enfield plans to discontinue the Continental GT 535 globally
– The Continental GT 535 will be replaced by the Continental GT 650
– Customers in the global markets want a more powerful and faster bike
Source – DriveMag.com