Royal Enfield has recently unwrapped its new motorcycles - Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 - and in an interview with Autocar, the company's CEO Siddhartha Lal revealed that they are developing three new platforms.
Is the iconic brand working on a new bike? Well, that won't be the case. Mr. Lal confirmed that some of the new platforms are being developed to replace the existing ones. With new and stricter emission norms set to be implemented in the next three years, Royal Enfield wants to be ready with new chassis.
The brand recently unveiled its all-new 650cc parallel twin engine at its new UK technology centre, and this could power some of the upcoming bikes, including a 650cc Himalayan. The 650cc parallel twin, air/ oil cooled engine churns out 46bhp and 52Nm of torque paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Later at EICMA 2017 Milan Motorcycle Show, the company revealed its new motorcycles. The Royal Enfield twins will go on sale in April 2018 in European markets first and then the Indian market.
Also, Mr. Lal said that when the time comes, they will look to develop electric bikes as well, but for now they will concentrate on offering "simple, pared-back, heritage-driven, accessible motorcycling that's missing in the world. This is the path that we're on right now. You are not going to see the likes of a supersport from us for the next five to seven years."
Royal Enfield is preparing itself for the future especially with stricter emission norms set to be implemented in India. While we expect at least two of the three to replace existing ones, the other could be for the Himalayan 650cc, which is being considered for retail.