About Continental GT 650
The first twin-cylinder engine from Royal Enfield sports a parallel twin configuration with a 270-degree firing order. It generates 47bhp and 52Nm at 7100rpm and 4000rpm respectively. There is no liquid cooling but the oil does have a radiator, and fuel delivery is via a Bosch injection system. The company was aiming for products that were a step up from its current range but yet retained the easygoing character that defines a Royal Enfield, and therefore the power figure, that seems a little underwhelming for the configuration and displacement. Still, another first for RE is the inclusion of a six-speed gearbox. The braking system has single discs front and rear, and ABS will be standard.
The Continental GT 650 Twin is the café racer twin to the Interceptor 650. It takes the concept of the Continental GT 535 two steps ahead, with better performance. As always, the accessories list will be an impressive one. The café racer segment in India is a nascent one, but the Continental GT 650 has the biggest chance of giving it a boost – the only catch is that it needs to deliver on the value front. Royal Enfield has a world of opportunity available to them in the middleweight segment, all they need to do is work the same magic they did with the Classic 350.