Royal Enfield has taken the wraps of the much anticipated parallel twin engine, which will power the upcoming Royal Enfield twins to be unveiled at the EICMA 2017.
The engine, a 650cc air/ oil cooled fuel-injected parallel twin, will be the heart of an as yet to be disclosed motorcycles set to debut at the Milan Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, tomorrow.
The new Royal Enfield engine features 4-valves per cylinder single overhead camshaft (SOHC) fuel injected unit producing 46.3bhp @ 7,100rpm and 52Nm of peak torque @ 4,000rpm. The engine will be married to a 6-speed gearbox and gets a slip-assist clutch to reduce lever effort.
The company has not revealed what speeds the engine can power the upcoming Royal Enfield motorcycles, but they did confirm that the bikes can cruise British motorways at 70-80mph (120-135kph).
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Previously rumoured to be 750cc in displacement, Royal Enfield claims the new 650cc engine produces a broad spread of usable torque and will open up bigger opportunities for the company.
The firm's head of Product Strategies and Industrial Design, Mark Wells said, "We're really excited about this engine; it's come out just as we'd set out to achieve."
While the new bikes will be revealed at the 2017 EICMA, the motorcycles will be launched in April 2018. The bike, in all probability might go with the Interceptor moniker and will be the brand's first ever global all-new motorcycles.
Royal Enfield is looking to riders who are looking to upgrade from the 350cc and 500cc displacement motorcycles to the new 650cc powered motorcycles. It's a good move by the brand to keep the cost low all the while offering a faster Royal Enfield.