Recent news about Royal Enfield revolved around its new motorcycle(s) called the Interceptor, which is being anticipated to be showcased at the EICMA show. Among all the spy shots and speculations about the Interceptor, Royal Enfield has revealed its new 650cc parallel twin-engine at its UK Technical Center at Bruntingthorpe, near Leicester.
According to guys at Overdrive.in, the new 648cc air-cooled engine with an oil cooler, has been tuned to produce a max power of 47PS at 7,100 rpm and generate a peak torque of 52Nm at 4000 rpm. It has got 4 valves per cylinder and is of SOHC configuration. Moving ‘ahead’ with the technology, RE has (finally) opted for fuel injection system over the conventional carbureted one. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and has a slip-assist clutch to make it more user-friendly.
Royal Enfield says that the new engine has been designed with certain goals in mind. The company wanted its new motorcycles (powered by this engine) to be an open platform for riders belonging from various categories. Even a new rider should be able to easily ride (the Interceptor) it, i.e., it shouldn’t be intimidating. At the same time, the engine should provide enough punch to cater to the needs of experienced riders who would be upgrading from their old REs.
The new engine has been thoroughly tested before the company finally narrowed down to its final configuration. It’s being said that previously it was only a 600cc engine but later, after doing certain tests and understanding the market requirements, the displacement was bumped up to 650cc (648 to be precise). Royal Enfield also said that the primary objective behind designing this new parallel twin-engine was to provide power which is easily manageable. With this engine, one can easily cruise at speeds of 120-125 kph all day long, without putting severe stress on it. Also, when pushed hard, it can take the motorcycle to speeds well over 160 kph.
Royal Enfield has also worked to keep the vibrations in the new engine as minimum as possible. With the introduction of a balancer shaft, we can definitely be sure of some improvements. Reality will be known once the new motorcycles will be tested. And finally, there is the implementation of much-needed ABS.
We’re pretty excited about the Interceptor and will keep bringing you the latest updates on the same from the 2017 EICMA, which is just around the corner. The motorcycles are still in their pre-production phase and reports suggest that they would hit the market by April 2018.