Royal Enfield recently launched black versions of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in global markets. It comes with a host of upgrades to the motorcycles currently sold in the Indian market. Now, expect the refreshed Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 to be launched in the Indian market today.
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For 2023, the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will receive new 1970s-inspired colorways. As of now, it’s unclear whether the new feature set will come to every variant, or just the new high-end variant. After the update, the prices of the motorcycles will increase as they will also be BS6 Stage II compliant, which means they will support OBD2.
Both motorcycles will be equipped with LED headlights taken from the Super Meteor 650. The switchgear has also been updated to a rotary switch, now in aluminum. There is also a USB port for charging mobile devices.
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Apart from that, there are also some cosmetic changes for the two new color schemes of the two motorcycles. The engine and exhaust are now off. To complement the new aesthetic, Royal Enfield also offers black accents. For example, there’s a new blacked-out engine guard and fenders.
However, the biggest update to the 2023 Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will be the alloy wheels. They have the same design as those spotted last year. Alloys have been requested by owners of 650 Twins since its introduction, as repairing a flat tire on a motorcycle over 200kg is a daunting task. The addition of alloy wheels means the motorcycle can now run on tubeless tyres. In global markets, the 2023 Interceptor 650 rides on Ceat Zoom Cruz tires, while the Continental GT 650 rides on Vredestein tires. As of now, it is unclear whether Vredestein tires will enter the Indian market.
First published date: March 16, 2023 at 09:45 AM CST