A worker assembles an engine inside the Royal Enfield motorcycle factory in Chennai April 6, 2012.
A worker assembles an engine inside the Royal Enfield motorcycle factory in Chennai April 6, 2012.Reuters

Royal Enfield on Tuesday introduced its much-awaited Continental GT Cafe Racer in the Indian market for ₹2.05 lakh (on-road, Delhi).

The Continental GT, a prototype of the Café Racer model, packs a fuel injected 535cc single-cylinder engine under the hood which churns out a maximum power of 29PS and 44Nm of peak torque. It is mated with a 5-speed gearbox and comes equipped with a 13.5-litre capacity fuel tank. The vehicle sports 18-inch spoke wheels and comes with Paioli twin gas charged absorbers.The front brake is a 300mm floating Brembo disc and the rear a 240mm disc.

The latest offering will be manufactured at company's Oragadum manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu and will come in GT yellow and GT Red. First displayed at Auto Expo 2012, the vehicle is expected to get many takers in the country. The Continental GT will retail for an on-road price of ₹2.15 lakh in Mumbai and will go for less than ₹2 lakh in some states like Punjab.

The vehicle, which was launched in the UK earlier this year, will be produced at the Oragadum plant in Tamil Nadu.

"In the best café racer traditions, the bike is simple and devoid of the excesses that characterise the cruisers and the superbikes of today. At the same time it has been designed ground up, incorporating both traditional craftsmanship and relevant modern techniques at our state-of-the-art new plant in Oragadam to deliver a deeply engaging motorcycling experience that is unlike any other," said Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director and CEO, Eicher Motors Limited at the launch as quoted by Rushlane.

Royal Enfield has mainly targeted the youth consumers in India, where it sells models like Bullet, Classic and Thunderbird. The past year has seen a spurt of 30 percent in Bullet sales.

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