Close observation of the upcoming Royal Enfield twin-cylinder bike spotted in India and abroad reveal that the engines on the bikes are different.
We recently reported that the upcoming Royal Enfield twin-cylinder bike isn’t a 750cc motorcycle. It is actually powered by a smaller engine of 500cc or whereabouts, using a parallel-twin layout with air and oil cooling.
The speculations regarding its launch were that this bike would launch later this year, however, Royal Enfield will be launching this motorcycle sometime next year with an unveil likely to happen around the 2018 Auto Expo.
Nonetheless, the catch now is, that the bike spotted in India and abroad sport different engines. While the European version gets a UCE engine, the India-spec gets a Triumph Bonneville like motor. MotorBeam reader Sreenath Kalarickal spotted the differences between both the engines. Royal Enfield hasn’t yet confirmed anything on the powertrain specifications yet.
Global customers have been asking for a more powerful motorcycle than the Continental GT 535, so Royal Enfield could be offering a new mill that is above 500cc and below 750cc (a 660cc according to rumours).
But Royal Enfield might as well adopt the same strategy as Harle- Davidson did with the Street motorcycle series. The Street is sold internationally in 500cc and 750cc engine capacities. So Royal Enfield could retain the Continental GT 535 and alongside sell the new twin-cylinder bike in the international markets.
And since the Street 500 is not available in India, Royal Enfield could replace the Continental GT 535 with the new twin-cylinder bike and go head on against the Harley-Davidson Street 750. The India-spec Royal Enfield twin-cylinder engine could be lower on power when compared to the twin-cylinder engine offered abroad. After all, Royal Enfield wants to be the global leader in the middle-weight segment of motorcycles.
Royal Enfield will be manufacturing the twin-cylinder bike at its Chennai plant with sales to the UK set to commence first, followed by India and other countries.
Royal Enfield Twin
– The twin-cylinder bike will not be a 750cc engine as speculated
– The upcoming twin-cylinder bike will displace around 500cc
– The upcoming twin-cylinder bike spotted in India and abroad have different engines