The unveil of the Twins – Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650

Two iconic legends with two versatile characters, the Interceptor 650 roadster and the Continental GT 650 cafe racer. Powered by the all-new 648cc air-cooled parallel twin cylinder engine, these ground-up motorcycles revive Royal Enfield’s rich twin heritage of the 60’s.

The modern 650 Twin marks the beginning of a new chapter. The new motorcycles aim to expand and grow the global mid-sized motorcycle segment for Royal Enfield.

The modern twin is a 4-stroke, single overhead cam, air-cooled, 648cc parallel twin cylinder engine with 270-degree crankshaft generating 47bhp of power and 52Nm of torque. The new engine has been precisely engineered to deliver higher power and torque at lower RPMs making the ride experience hassle-free and smooth.

In November 2017, Royal Enfield showcased its first modern 648cc air/oil-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine at its new UK Technology Centre (UKTC) in Leicestershire, UK. A result of several years' efforts by Royal Enfield's teams in UK and in India, the new engine platform will power the newest generation of Royal Enfield's motorcycles - the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650.

The engine is designed to offer the right balance between power, torque and usability, which provides a smooth and unintimidating riding experience without frequent gear shifts. A highly refined engine with true highway capability, the new engine has been developed to excel across a wide range of conditions and has been designed to achieve a high level of modern refinement. The twin engine maintains an understressed 9.5:1 compression ratio. Its fuel injection system ensures smooth and accessible power from the throttle. The twin pipes and the cooling fins on the classic air-cooled engine renders a visually beautiful impact. Just as relevant as the engine’s individuality, is its sound. Hours were spent in the new UK Technology Centre, that has resulted in twin silencers that rumble with just the right tone. The entire platform, including the engine and chassis has undergone rigorous testing during the development programme.

At the heart of the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, the new engine has the potential to invigorate and expand the mid-size motorcycle segment; bringing Royal Enfield’s philosophy of uniquely pure motorcycling both to existing loyalists, and to a whole new set of fans.