TVS Motor Company, a leading manufacturer of two and three-wheelers in India, has introduced a new Matte Series for the TVS Victor Premium Edition including two new colours and additional features. The two new colours – Matte Blue (with white) and Matte Silver (with red) are complemented by chrome detailing on the visor and a dual tone beige seat.
To build on the aspirational value of the TVS Victor Premium Edition, the chrome detailing adds a touch of elegance to this executive motorcycle while the new Matte colours lend it a striking look. Launched in September 2017, the TVS Victor Premium Edition has already set a benchmark with its dynamic design language, class leading technology, fascinating interplay of attractive graphics and superior performance.
The new Matte Series on the Premium Edition preserves TVS Victor’s superior engine performance and delivers an excellent mileage of 72 km/l. It is powered by an advanced 3-valve Oil cooled engine, which is tuned to deliver the optimum combination of power and fuel economy. An electric start fires up the 4-speed powertrain to churn out 9.5 PS of power@ 7500 rpm with a torque of 9.4 Nm @6000 rpm.
In addition to these new colours, the Premium Edition of the motorcycle is available with a Disc brake and a variant in black colour with yellow graphics and red with gold graphics. The TVS Victor Matte series with these new features and colours has been priced at Rs. 55,890 (Ex-Showroom Delhi)
In keeping with its aggressive product strategy, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL), the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, today unveiled three new motorcycles – the 125cc Super Splendor, the 110cc Passion PRO and the 110cc Passion XPRO.
Close on the heels of a record-breaking festive season, the Company is aiming to further augment its dominant market leadership through the launch of these new youthful, powerful, stylish, and efficient range of motorcycles.
There will be a phase-wise launch of the three motorcycles in the market, starting January 2018.
Hero MotoCorp is already the dominant leader in the 100-125cc segments with its popular brands – Splendor, Passion, HF Deluxe, Glamour, and Super Splendor.
Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp, said, “Over the recent past, we have strengthened our in-house product development capabilities at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT). Our new motorcycles deliver best-in-class performance, with advanced features and modern styling. We are also gearing up to launch multiple new exciting products across segments in the coming months.”
Mr. Malo Le Masson – Head of Global Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp, said, “With the launch of the new Passion PRO, Passion XPRO and Super Splendor, we are aiming to further consolidate our leadership in the 100-125cc segments. These new motorcycles come with bold styling and more power while still retaining their product DNA and will surely be appreciated by the customers. Now, we will shift our focus on premium motorcycles and aim to grow our market share in the premium segment.“
The New Passion PRO
Designed for today’s smart generation, the performance-oriented and boldly styled new 110cc Passion PRO is loaded with an array of convenience, safety and utility features, which integrate seamlessly to offer improved handling and a hassle-free riding experience. The modern appeal of the bike and best-in-class performance promises to offer an enhanced experience to the customers.
The new Passion PRO draws its unmatched performance from a BS-IV compliant 110cc TOD (Torque on Demand) engine, producing a maximum power output of 7.0 (9.4) kW (PS) @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 9.0 Nm @ 5500 rpm. The fuel efficient and cleaner engine offers more usable power.
The motorcycle also features Hero’s intuitive i3S (Idle-stop-start system) and also offers 12% more power and torque than its previous generation. The bike races from 0-60 km/h in 7.45 seconds only.
The boldly styled motorcycle comes packed with a host of style elements including the new muscular Fuel Tank with Flush type Cap, modern & sleek signature rear Tail Lamp.
In addition, the motorcycle offers a slew of safety and utility features, such as, Digital-Analog meter with digital Fuel Gauge, trip meter, All Time Headlamp On (AHO) and side stand indicator.
Adding to the style quotient are the five bold metallic color schemes – Sports red- strong and bright, Black monotone- exciting and premium, Force silver metallic- bold and vibrant, Heavy grey metallic- sober and elegant, Frost blue metallic- cool and convenient. The motorcycle is available in both Drum and Disc variants.
The New Passion XPRO
The new sharper Passion XPRO offers the right mix of style, technology and best-in-class performance. Targeted at the youth, the motorcycle comes packed with a host of modern and stylish features, including the new sharper Fuel Tank with Flush fuel lid, dynamic shrouds, sporty real cowl, duel-tone mirrors, LED Tail Lamp and Digital-Analog meter with digital Fuel Gauge. All Time Headlamp On (AHO) offers superior visibility and safety.
The new motorcycle comes with a BS-IV compliant 110cc (Torque on Demand) engine, producing a maximum power output of 7.0 (9.4) kW (PS) @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 9.0 Nm @ 5500 rpm.
The motorcycle also features Hero’s intuitive i3S (Idle-stop-start system) and also offers 12% more power and torque than its previous generation. The bike races from 0-60 km/h in 7.45 seconds only.
The motorcycle will be available in five premium dual-tone color palettes – Sports red with black – powerful and warm, Black with sports red – strong and popular, Black with techno blue – vibrant and youthful, Black with heavy grey – elegant and sober, Force silver with black – cool and bright. The motorcycle is available in both Drum and Disc variants.
The New Super Splendor
Targeted at young professionals, the new Super Splendor ticks all the right boxes with its best-in-class performance and stability. This is in addition to the trust, reliability and fuel efficiency that are distinct to the Splendor brand.
The powerful commuter comes with a new Air-Cooled, 4-stroke single Cylinder OHC 125cc TOD (Torque-on-Demand) engine that also features the highly efficient and proven Hero i3S technology. The engine produces a maximum power output of 8.4 (11.4) kW (PS) @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 11 Nm @6000 rpm.
The motorcycle offers 27% more power and 6% more torque than its previous generation. The bike reaches a maximum speed of 94 km/h.
The motorcycle also comes packed with a series of utility and comfort features, such as All Time Headlamp On (AHO), Side Stand Indicator, wider Rear Tyre, updated seat profile and side Reflector, largest under seat storage in class with additional storage in front under the tank etc.
To add to the style-quotient, the motorcycle comes with Chrome finish Muffler, sleek Tail Light, silver finish Side Cover, Trapezoidal Headlamp and Modern Graphics.
The new Super Splendor comes in five premium metallic colors – Black with purple graphics, Black with Fiery Red graphics, Black with silver graphics, Candy Blazing Red and Heavy Grey with Blue graphics.
Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, and one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in India, launched Captain Haulage and 3718 Plus, the BS-IV trucks with iEGR (Intelligent Exhaust Gas Recirculation) engines in Mumbai today. Ashok Leyland also introduced Haulage Trucks with maintenance free Hubs i.e., with Unitized Wheel Bearings.
Present at the launch, Mr. Anuj Kathuria, President, Global Trucks, Ashok Leyland Ltd., said, “Ashok Leyland has been gaining customers’ trust across the country, across segments. This has been possible owing to our winning combination of products, our innovation-led technologies and our customer-first approach. Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, has been one of our key focus market and our customers here are seeing the value in investing in our products. As part of our strategy to further grow and strengthen our leadership, Captain Haulage and 3718 Plus will play an important role. Both will be leading from the front in delivering our brand promise of ‘Aapki Jeet. Hamari Jeet’ to our customers. The winning combination includes competitive price point, higher fuel efficiency, more payload and heavy duty aggregates resulting in lower operating cost, maintenance cost, better maneuverability and durability. All of this combined with our innovative iEGR technology, will help reduce operating costs for customers, resulting in higher profitability.”
The Captain Haulage trucks are especially designed to deliver higher uptime and faster turnaround time to meet the high productivity demands of the logistics industry. Captain is powered by the H series CRS engine with iEGR technology, and offers high initial pickup, superior driveability and unmatched fuel economy. With international styling and comfort and designed for the Indian operating conditions, the Captain offers the best-in-class cabin which is available in both AC and non AC versions. These vehicles also come with an essential safety feature, Frontal Crash Protection. This feature helps the vehicle to absorb the impact in case of an unfortunate incident of head-on collision and keeps the occupants of the vehicle safe. Captain Haulage Trucks are available in 25T, 31T & 37T GVW segments. The range is built for a wide number of applications like Market Load, Parcel, Tankers, Cement Bulkers and Containers.
3718 PLUS is latest addition in 37T segment which is one of the fastest growing segments in CV industry. This offers another 10% fuel savings, 225 kgs of more payload and 10% extra tyre life from new technology tyres. 3718 PLUS offer the best maneuverability through optimal overall length, 27.5 ft & 29.5 ft loading span options, and appropriate positioning of lift axle.
In Trucks with Unitized Wheel Bearings, grease is packed for life and no periodical hub greasing, end play adjustment or bearing replacement are required. It also helps in improving tyre life. Unitized Wheel Bearings are now available as an optional feature on 37T & 31T range and will expanded to other ranges progressivel
Bajaj Auto Ltd, India’s leading motorcycle company selling in over 70 countries, has introduced the Black Pack Pulsar edition across the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220F range. The uniquely styled edition has been launched to celebrate achieving 1 core sales by Pulsar worldwide.
Commenting on the introduction of theBlack Pack Pulsar edition,Mr Eric Vas, President – Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, “Pulsar has been India’s No.1 Sports motorcycle brand in the country since its launch in 2001. Bajaj Pulsar is sold in over 25 countries worldwide and is market leader in most of them. We are proud to have achieved the milestone of 1 crore Pulsar customers around the world. To commemorate this achievement, we present the unique Black Pack edition.”
The new edition combines premium black paint coupled with matte grey highlights and white alloy wheels offering a sporty, modern and aggressive look that appeals to the dynamic Pulsar rider.
Isuzu Motors India Private Limited (IMI) is showcasing the new ISUZU D-MAX Reefer and Dry Box applications at the India Cold Chain Show, being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, between 12th-14th December, 2017. The new D-MAX Regular Cab (cab-chassis variant), powered by a 78 hp 4 cylinder, 2.5 ltr Common Rail Turbo Intercooled Diesel Engine, offers enhanced efficiency and promises superior quality of transportation for cold-chain operators.
ISUZU’s world renowned D-MAX pick-ups have been gaining phenomenal traction in India and has been addressing the key requirements of LCV customers in terms of performance, quality and reliability, thus maximizing their business returns. Designed to meet the growing demand for modern and efficient cold-chain transportation in India, the new D-MAX pick-up promises higher ‘value for money’ to the operators. The new Reefer body (Fruehauf Mahajak) on the D-MAX is made using the ‘sandwich’ process with light-weight aluminum and hi-quality extruded polystyrene (XPS) material, ensuring better thermal stability and higher payload.
The ISUZU D-MAX Regular Cab, a single cabin pickup, is a tough, powerful and reliable workhorse that is globally known for its performance and long life durability. The Regular Cab is available in both flat deck and cab-chassis variant. The cab-chassis variant is an ideal vehicle to build reefer containers for cold-chain transportation, enabling efficient movement of dairy products, perishable goods, pharma products etc. The cab-chassis variant can also be customized for special purpose applications in the logistics and allied business requirements.
Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer, today announced its first ever 72 hrs – ‘The Big Rush’ customer benefit carnival across its network. This Big Rush will include a slew of attractive offers for its customers across the select model range of the Polo, Ameo and Vento.
Additionally, customers can also benefit from assured gold coin, attractive exchange, loyalty and service support offers on the purchase of these carlines. All the customers under The Big Rush can also benefit from special finance schemes, special pricing on motor insurance, assured gifts on test drives and other attractive offers on value added services.
To add to the convenience of the customers all Volkswagen showrooms will be operating for extended hours during the 3-day carnival. The Big Rush 72hrs carnival will be supported by a print, radio and digital campaign.
Service support includes attractive offers on:
3M car Enrichment treatments
Wheel Alignment and Balancing
Farmtrac Tractors Europe, leading International tractor producer, today unveiled its latest global tractor portfolio ranging from 20-120 HP, at Agritechnica 2017, including the first electric tractor produced by Indian parent company Escorts Ltd.
Named NETS (New Escorts Tractor Series) the newest Farmtrac tractors are fully compliant with EPA Tier 4 emission regulations, and designed with simplicity for farm applications at each power level. Styling by Studio F. A. Porsche brings the range a unique blend of style and comfort, providing a complete new look and aesthetics for today’s global farmers.
The range includes the flagship NETS models, offering power ratings from 70 to 90 HP; compact tractors in 22 to 30 HP options; crossover tractors designed to appeal to both on-farm and haulage applications, and tractors with cabin options for added driving comfort.
Today at Agritechnica, Farmtrac also introduced EPA Tier 4 emission regulations compliant CRDi engines, previously limited to cars and naturally-aspirated machines, which the company says will meet customer demands from the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa and ASEAN countries, as well as the growing numbers of ‘new generation’ farmers in its domestic Indian market.
In the shape of the Farmtrac 26E, the company also provided a glimpse of its future intentions: the eco-friendly electric tractor is the first such tractor to be developed and built in India, the world’s largest tractor market where the annual demand for tractors is seeing double-digit growth. Although still in development, the full production version is expected during 2019.
Speaking on the launch at Agritechnica, Nikhil Nanda, Managing Director, Escorts Ltd, Holding Company of Farmtrac Tractors Europe said:
“Farmtrac is extremely proud to launch the electric tractor concept. It’s a display of our innovative approach to engineering, offering India’s best to the world. New mechanised farming products and solutions are essential for meeting the global demand for greater food production.”
Ravi A Menon, Chief Executive Officer, International and Emerging Businesses, said:
“For the New Escorts Tractor Series (NETS) we are extremely proud to have had the involvement of Studio F. A. Porsche, creating an altogether new user experience in comfort, ergonomics and precision farming.”
Rajiv Wahi, Head, International Business, said:
“At Farmtrac, we’re committed to technological innovations and building smarter and more efficient technology. Farmtrac Tractors Europe today offers farm solutions for farmer demands across all price points and technology applications, globally.”
The new tractors include:
1. FT 26: FARMTRAC 26 – EU, Rest Of World (ROW)
2. FT 30: FARMTRAC 30 – ROW
3. FT 6045: FARMTRAC 6045 – EU
4. FT 6050 C: FARMTRAC 6050C – EU & ROW
5. 6075 CRDI: FT 6075E – EU, USA
6. FT 690
7. FT 9120
8. Electric Tractor: FARMTRAC 26 E
Avantura Choppers, India’s first premium chopper motorcycle brand announces the launch of its first two models, the Rudra & Pravega. With 2000cc displacement, these made-to-order marvelous machines will take pre-bookings starting from the India Bike Week 2017 with each motorcycle being personalized for its rider. These production grade masterpieces will be fully certified by the ARAI at the time of delivery and priced at INR 23.90 lakhs for the Rudra and INR 21.40 lakhs for the Pravega (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Avantura Choppers has roped in the legendary Kevin Alsop (Founder of Big Bear Choppers, USA) as the Chief Design Engineer of the brand. Kevin, considered an ultimate global authority on choppers, has designed the Rudra & Pravega to create the original chopper experience for Indian riders, considering every detail to suit local riding conditions. The newest motorcycle brand from India, Avantura Choppers has set-up strategic partnerships with global manufacturers like S&S Engines, Beringer braking systems, Primo suspensions, Mustang seats, Kellermann lights and Avon tires to be OEMs for their world-class product line.
Avantura Chopper motorcycles, curated for connoisseurs, are an extension of one’s personality, designed to invoke the emotion of owning the world, driven by passion, speed, determination and power. The brand name originates from the words Avanindra and Tura in Sanskrit. Both Rudra and Pravega have specially crafted geometries with similar base design engineering, giving Indian motorheads the best-in class chopper experience. Rudra means ‘the ultimate roar’ and signifies a raw enchanting power, brought to life by its majestic body type, technical configuration and compelling road presence. Drawing from the words ‘Pravah’ and ‘Vega’ in Sanskrit, Pravega stands for ‘a tryst with the wind’. Both models are the perfect balance between power, agility, speed and grace, all in a beautifully designed unique package.
Speaking about the launch of the first two models, Gaurav A Aggarwal, Founder & CEO of Avantura Choppers said, “The Rudra & Pravega are our first two models offering the Indian rider, an unparalleled biking experience. We set out to manufacture a product from the ground-up, which maintains the highest standards of production quality while ensuring a mind-blowing ride. It is my firm belief that the evolving riding community will find that we have done justice to our ambition.”
Adding to the above, Vijay Singh, Co-founder & CRO of Avantura Choppers said, “Our motorcycles are symbols of power and panache, packaged in a unique design and personalized to suit the comfort of its rider. We can’t wait to hit the road and draw insights from the experience of our consumers.”
Elaborating on the brand, Amitabh Biswas, Founding Partner & CMO of Avantura Choppers said, “We are proud to be the first premium motorcycle brand from India and the newest in 33 years. Pioneering this revolution, Avantura Choppers will be the next glorious chapter of the Make In India story. We will reach out to our TG directly through their circles of influence and frequently in their environments of relevance, to immerse the brand in their eco-system. We look forward to meeting a lot of people at the forthcoming India Bike Week”.
Ford India today introduced its stylish, powerful and connected new EcoSport priced at INR 731,200.Ford India today introduced its stylish, powerful and connected new EcoSport priced at INR 731,200.
The new EcoSport has been comprehensively redesigned with more than 1,600 new parts, featuring rugged new looks, sleek interior makeover, a raft of ingenious technologies and a new engine, offering more power & efficiency.
“The new Ford EcoSport comes with a formidable combination of Fun, Style and Technology,” said Anurag Mehrotra, president and managing director, Ford India. “With its best-in-class power, safety, convenience and value proposition, it delivers significantly more at the same price. It is another game-changing product from Ford that, like its predecessor, raises the bar for compact SUVs.”
Style on your side
The new EcoSport builds on the dynamic appeal of its predecessor, starting with a reshaped front, and a large upper trapezoidal grille and lower grille that make it unmistakably a member of the Ford family of SUVs.
The sculpted hood features a wider central dome for a more muscular appearance. A continuous line running from the beltline along the edge of the hood accentuates sleek new headlamps with LED daytime running lights.
Bold fog lamps complete the face of the EcoSport and give it an edgier, more aggressive look. New Ford EcoSport will feature bigger 17-inch alloy wheels with top-of-the-line Titanium+ variant for better control and even more aggressive stance
The design is both bold and functional: Ford’s design and engineering team spent more than a million hours studying computer fluid dynamics, and more than 200 hours in a wind tunnel refining the aerodynamics of the new EcoSport.
Fun on your side
Delivering Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA in the new EcoSport will be an all-new three-cylinder 1.5-liter Ti-VCT petrol engine that’s smaller, lighter and efficient. The new petrol engine will deliver segment best 123 PS of power & 150 Nm of torque with a 7% reduction in CO2 emissions and outstanding fuel efficiency of 17 Km/L.
In addition to a five-speed manual transmission, Ford is also offering the petrol engine with an all-new six-speed automatic transmission that offers smooth, precise shifts across all powertrain options. A new, sportier steering wheel features first in segment paddle shifters.
For diesel lovers, the new EcoSport will also be offered with Ford’s trusted and reliable 1.5L TDCi diesel engine that delivers best-in-class 100 PS power and fuel efficiency of 23 Km/L. The diesel motor will come strapped with a five-speed manual transmission.
Technology on your side
The new EcoSport features Ford’s in-car infotainment system, SYNC 3, which allows drivers to control their entertainment, climate settings, as well as their connected smartphone, all with conversational voice commands.
This latest edition of Ford’s globally renowned in-car connectivity system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. This allows drivers to make phone calls, access their music, send and receive messages, get directions and more, all while staying focused on the road.
Not just connectivity, the new EcoSport is replete with several technologies to make the drive a lot more convenient, including rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, cruise control, hill launch assist and rear-view parking camera.
Space on your side
The new Ford EcoSport’s interior is emotive and user-centric, inspired by smart devices and tablets in keeping with today’s modern driving habits. It features large and conveniently placed knobs that for adjusting volume, temperature and fan speed.
A broad range of other controls have been integrated into a visually appealing and intuitive eight-inch touchscreen, featured for the first time in EcoSport. With minimal buttons and controls, the floating screen has been placed closer to the driver’s line of sight, helping them keep their eyes on the road.
Ergonomic design contributes to a spacious and premium feel. A centrally located media bin makes it easy to stow a smartphone while charging. Designed to accommodate a phone as large as an iPhone 7 Plus, the bin comes with two illuminated USB ports.
The media bin is one of 27 compartments throughout the EcoSport’s cabin, offering convenient places for coffee cups, bottled drinks, sunglasses and umbrellas. Fold-flat rear seats maximise rear cargo space for urban shopping sprees.
The boot offers flexible cargo space with an innovative adjustable floorboard which can be mounted on two designated slots to split the boot into different compartments, based on a driver’s need.
Across three adjustable positions, the boot space serves from being a load floor for maximum storage to a secure storage area beneath the floorboard to keep valuables, only to end up creating a cargo floor that lines up with the fold-flat second-row seats.
Safety on your side
Continuing its lead on safety, new Ford EcoSport will be the only vehicle in the segment to offer up to six airbags. Dual front driver and passenger side airbags along with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) will be offered as standard equipment across all variants.
The new EcoSport will also feature Ford’s globally-renowned Emergency Assistance, a potentially technology that calls emergency services from a paired phone to ensure help is always within reach.
The compact SUV has been built strong using high-strength steel and will feature a host of safety features including emergency brake assist, traction control system, impact absorbing door panels and steering wheel among others.
The new Ford EcoSport is available in five trims with seven colour options – Lightning Blue, Canyon Ridge, Race Red, Diamond White, Absolute Black, Moondust Silver and Smoke Grey.
Reviving its rich twin heritage, Royal Enfield, the global leader in mid-size motorcycle segment (250-750cc), today unveiled its ground-up modern twin motorcycles the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 at the EICMA Motor Show, Milan.
The Interceptor INT 650 ushers in the idea of the 1960’s fun, relaxed motorcycles from the sun-drenched California beaches. With its classic tear-drop shaped fuel-tank, quilted twin-seat and distinctive wide braced handlebars, the Interceptor INT 650 looks every bit the stunning Roadster that it is. An all-new, dedicated steel-tube cradle chassis makes the Interceptor INT 650 an easy-going, versatile motorcycle which is perfect for riding in the city, as it is for a leisurely weekend cruise. The wide-braced handlebars offer comfortable ergonomics and a confident and commanding riding position, allowing the rider to make the most of the agile chassis. The motorcycle is equipped with classic 18” front and rear Pirelli tyres and twin shock absorbers, along with front and rear disc brakes with ABS. A ground clearance of 174mm and a seat height of 804 mm, ensure that the Interceptor INT 650 gives a superlative riding experience.
The twin motorcycles are powered by the first modern Royal Enfield 650 twin engine. This new platform is a single overhead cam, 8 valve, air/oil-cooled, 648cc parallel twin, producing 47bhp and 52Nm. The engine has a strong low and mid-range performance, retaining the Royal Enfield character of accessible torque through the rev range. Also new to the Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650, is the six speed gearbox, especially developed for this motorcycle. The gearbox is augmented by its ‘slip/assist’ clutch, that facilitates easy riding in traffic with a light feel, and prevents wheel-hop when downshifting gears – also a first for Royal Enfield. The chassis has been developed from the ground up by the team at Royal Enfield’s UK Technology Centre, and Harris Performance. It has been engineered and fine-tuned for enhanced agility that can handle different terrains and speeds with ease while retaining the period classic style.
Introducing the Interceptor INT 650,Mr. Siddhartha Lal, CEO Royal Enfield said, “The Interceptor INT 650 carries forward the Royal Enfield legacy into the 21st century. While in its essence it retains the design and old-school character, it has all the underpinnings of a modern machine. It combines agility, usable power, excellent ergonomics and style in an unintimidating manner. However, the Interceptor INT 650 is more than the sum of its parts; it is great fun to ride and brings a smile on your face every single time that you ride it.”
In addition to the Interceptor INT 650, Royal Enfield also showcased the ground-up, all new Continental GT 650. The motorcycle retains its central cafe racer character while bringing in new engineering and design improvements. It shares its engine, chassis and running parts with its twin, the Interceptor INT 650, while offering completely different ergonomics and style. The motorcycle has an eager, front-leaning stance that gives it a sporty look and a speedy form. The Continental GT 650’s ergonomics offer easy reach to the mid-level handlebars, for an optimum blend of steering feel and comfort with no compromise to its 12.5L fuel tank capacity. Like the Interceptor INT 650, the Continental GT 650 sports disc brakes front and the rear with ABS. The upswept exhaust and rear-set footrests give the motorcycle plenty of lean angle, essential for any true cafe racer. The single seat, sculpted tank, and clip on bars complete the authentic look. The rider feels ‘one’ with the machine, whether commuting on city roads, or scraping knees down their favourite backroads and twisties.
Talking about Continental GT 650 as his personal favourite, Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield, said, “The GT has been an iconic motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s portfolio. Since its launch in 2013, the Continental GT has helped the brand strengthen its position in mature motorcycle markets across the world. In its new avatar, the Continental GT 650 is the absolute definitive cafe racer that will be loved by discerning riders across the world.”
“Being authentic, accessible and creating motorcycles that are evocative, is at the core of all things we do. As a brand, we encourage our riders in their journey of self-expression and exploration. It is this idea that they relate to, even before they buy our motorcycles. The new 650 twins will help us strengthen this proposition further”, Rudy added.
Talking about the significance of the new twins in Royal Enfield’s global foray, Siddhartha said, “Royal Enfield aims to lead and expand the mid-weight (250-750cc) motorcycle segment globally. The Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 will help grow this segment. While for our large customer base in India, the new 650 twins will be a compelling upgrade, we believe it will attract customers from other developing markets in SouthEast Asia and Latin America to graduate to the middle weight segment. In addition, the 650 twins will offer a very evocative option to customers in mature motorcycle markets such as Europe, Australia and North America. For us, this marks the beginning of a new chapter at Royal Enfield“
Both the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor INT 650 will be available in variety of colourways and two distinct styles – Standard and Retro Custom. A total of 11 options have been developed with the objective of appealing to the discerning heritage seeking rider, just as much as the modern rider seeking a classic motorcycle. While the Standard range of colourways take inspiration from the motorcycles of the 50’s and 60’s, the Retro Custom range is a bolder version of graphics and colours. The stunning Interceptor INT 650 in Orange Crush and the Ice Queen Continental GT 650 were displayed at EICMA today
Talking about the development process of the motorcycles Mr Simon Warburton, Head of Product Development at Royal Enfield said,“The new 650 twin engine and the motorcycles have been developed at Royal Enfield’s new UK Technology Centre with collaboration with the engineering and design teams in Chennai, India. The entire platform, including the engine and chassis, has undergone rigorous testing and validation process during the development programme at world-class proving grounds with professional riders. It has been subjected to lab and bench tests, in addition to being tested on race tracks and public roads. With over one million kms of testing prior to production, more than 70 different tests have been conducted on the vehicle and individual chassis components. Modern CAE techniques and CAD systems have been applied during the development of the chassis and comprehensive data logging and analysis have been undertaken. The gearbox has undergone extensive test miles, resulting in an optimum shift feel, reliability of engagement, quiet notch-free selection and perfect ratio spacing. These motorcycles have been tested for real world riding conditions in both Europe and India”