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Royal Enfield has witnessed unparalleled success with the launch of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in November 2018. The aggressively priced parallel twin motorcycles have done exceptionally well, and have liked by the masses thanks to the ride quality, a refined engine, and fewer vibration levels. These factors have allowed for the motorcycles to receive two thumbs up.
According to GaadiWaadi, the Chennai based motorcycle manufacturer stepped out of its 350cc to 500cc comfort zone, introduced these flagship models, and the rest is history. In addition to this, aggressive pricing has paid off and has sent competitors like Harley-Davidson and Triumph chasing falling sales figures. Royal Enfield retailed over 2,000 units during April 2019 — A feat unheard of in the segment.
While the Royal Enfield 650 Twins perform exceptionally well on street and highways, the motorcycles have been criticized by many owners and other enthusiasts for it's inability to climb higher altitudes. Royal Enfield has heard owners woes (something they have been doing since they launched the Himalayan) and has a fix for the problem.
Owners of the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 will be called in for a software update that Royal Enfield says will take 10 minutes. The software update has been tested and has been approved by ARAI. The software will also feature on all the Interceptor and Continental GT models manufactured after June 2019.
The Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 are both powered by a 648cc four-stroke parallel twin Single Overhead Camshaft engine that produces 47bhp of power and 52Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to 6-speed manual transmission.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is priced between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 2.7 lakh ex-showroom (India), and is available in six different colours — Baker Express, Mark Three, Ravishing Red, Orange Crush, Glitter and Dust, and Silver Spectre.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is priced between Rs 2.65 lakh and Rs 2.85 lakh ex-showroom (India), and is available is five different colours — Black Magic, Dr Mayhem, Ice Queen, Ventura Blue, and Mr Clean.
Thoughts About Royal Enfield Thinking About Recalling The 650 Twins For Software Upgrades
We're not surprised at all. The 650 Twins are the hottest selling 650's in the market and are priced very aggressively. We know RE started listening to it's customers when they launched the much loved Himalayan 401, and they seem to be sticking to that formula. Kudos RE, Kudos!