Royal Enfield, the Chennai-based motorcycle maker that has its roots in England, is gearing up for the launch of its big product in the current fiscal. This is in keeping with the firm's vision of introducing new models every year from 2016 onwards.
Siddhartha Lal, the CEO of Eicher Motors, the parent company of Royal Enfield, has confirmed that they will soon launch its flagship product. Expected to be a 750cc motorcycle, the new offering has apparently already got a name.
Royal Enfield's 750cc motorcycle will be called Interceptor, Oncars.in reported. The name, however, is not new to the company. Royal Enfield produced the 700 Interceptor, 692 Interceptor and 750 Interceptor motorcycle models between 1960 and 1970, when it was a fully British entity.
The purported motorcycle was spotted during test runs in the United Kingdom last month and spy shots indicate that it will be based on the Continental GT chassis with modifications.
The flagship motorcycle will be powered by a parallel-twin 750cc engine rumoured to churn out 45-50bhp and a peak torque of more than 60Nm.This engine is also expected to be the company's most powerful mill. Spy pictures also indicate the motorcycle will employ a telescopic suspension at the front and Paioli shock absorbers at the rear.
This 750cc vehicle will be the first motorcycle developed by the Royal Enfield Technology Centre in Britain. Royal Enfield Interceptor, which will go up against Harley-Davidson Street 750, will enhance the company's image in the global markets. The motorcycle is expected to be priced at around Rs 3 lakh.
In addition to the flagship model, the company is also said to be working on a 400cc engine, which will be tuned to develop 40Nm. Another all-new 600-650cc motorcycle is also reportedly in the works that will be designed and developed for global markets.