Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 envisioned through rendering
RE's immediate focus, however, will be to tap the full potential of its new Twins on the global stage by ensuring adequate production capacity.
Royal Enfield recently world premiered its all-new 650 Twins – Interceptor and Continental GT 650 – making a fresh assault in the global medium displacement motorcycle segment. While the African retro classic brand hasn’t talked about extending the new 650 family, a Thunderbird 650 cruiser may likely be on the anvil.
Our rendering artist Pratyush Rout has imagined such a prospect through this image. Again, please note that this is a speculative rendering to give you a rough idea about the possibility and there is no official confirmation from RE about the existence of such a product in the pipeline.
If the Continental GT 650 is anything to go by, one can expect the Thunderbird 650 to have little or no styling changes compared to the existing Thunderbird series (350 and 500). The only noticeable visual change would be the nicely detailed 648 cc parallel twin air-oil cooled engine which sports dual chrome exhaust pipes. The power and torque figures of 47 bhp and 52 Nm respectively would go a long way in enhancing the cruiser’s mile munching abilities. The 6-speed transmission would only make things better from a touring point of view.
It’s to be noted that while the new RE 650 Twins employ a dual cradle frame, the existing Thunderbird is underpinned by a single downtube frame. If RE chooses to come up with Thunderbird 650, we think a reinforced version of the existing single downtube frame is likely to be the choice.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 seems like an attractive proposition considering that the Thunderbird family is more popular than the Continental GT series among customers. If it does get launched, expect a price tag in the region of Rs 5 lakhs.