Royal Enfield will upgrade the two 346cc and the 499cc engine options on their Bullet, Classic and Thunderbird variants to satisfy the upcoming BS6 emission standards. The 650cc versions on the Interceptor and the Continental GT are already BS6 compliant and might be seen on the Himalayan as well.
All these changes, mean that the entire line-up of Royal Enfield will get upgraded in the coming year. The entire line-up will also get ABS as standard, thanks to the new Government rule which makes ABS compulsory for all two-wheelers above 125cc from April 2018.
Royal Enfield is one of the top selling motorcycle companies in India in the plus 125cc range, with a high demand especially for its 350cc-variants. With all the changes in the future line-up it is safe to expect a rise in the prices of each model in the RE stable.
There will also be a considerable price difference between the 350 versions of the Bullet as compared to the Classic and Thunderbird as the former is expected to get single discs while, the other two come with dual discs as standard.
Royal Enfield's entire 500cc range along with the Himalayan already come with fuel-injection. Hence, to pass the tighter emission norms, RE will introduce fuel-injection to its top-selling 350cc range as well. Among the BS-VI variant upgrades, the 650cc versions of the Interceptor and the Continental GT though will be the first to get ABS and fuel-injection as standard, with all the other variants following soon after.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On Royal Enfield's BS-VI Upgrade
The move of Royal Enfield to start working on BS-VI standard engines at this early stages is a big welcome news. Being one of the top-selling motorcycle brand in the country, we hope it helps start a trend for other motorcycle brands to follow a similar path.