Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 was released last year in the Indian automotive market and we all know that these twins have received an unbelievable response from its fans. The company has released only a few units of the twins in the market which was sold rapidly. The company said that the first lot was delivered only for test rides and presentation. As a result, the waiting period for the bikes was extended to six months.
Although, after observing such an amazing response in the country, Royal Enfield is now preparing to increase the production. At present, the company produces only 2,500 units per month. Now, Royal Enfield is said to manufacture and deliver 4,500-5,000 units by March this year. So, the production will be doubled by next month which can also notably lessen the waiting period.
The news is confirmed by Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eicher Motors. He said, “If you were to walk into a dealership today and ask for either of the two 650s then it will be six months before you get the delivery of the bike depending on the colour and dealership chosen”.
The sales unit of the all-new RE 650 twins was nearly 500 units per month. The company sold only 625 units in January, this year, but the sales are expected to boost by next month. The low sales were reported as the company has to provide sufficient units to all the showrooms across the country for display. Royal Enfield gets 70 per cent of profit from the 350cc variants in the Classic segment. Earlier, the Continental GT was not so popular in India due to expensive pricing.
The Classic roadsters are powered by a 648cc, parallel twin, air cooled engine which churns out 47 bhp of power @ 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The powertrain is combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox along with the slipper clutch. The twins feature double cradle frame and disc brakes highlighting dual-channel ABS as standard. The suspension duties are handled by front 41mm telescopic forks with 110mm of travel and rear preload adjustable gas charged twin coil-over shock absorbers.
The 650 Twins has recently started to be exported in the international market. Royal Enfield intends to reach more and more customers in future. They are rapidly increasing the dealerships in the country so that they can deliver more units. Recently, the company established 20 dealerships and plans to inaugurate more 20 dealerships by end of March. The GT 650 is the only twin-cylinder bikes which come with attractively affordable price tags. The prices start at just Rs. 2.34 lakhs.
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