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Royal Enfield Continental GT all set for Indian launch

Royal Enfield Continental GT all set for Indian launch
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Tuesday 26 November 2013, 09:50 AM

The Indian bike market is abuzz with the development that Royal Enfield would be launching its much anticipated Continental GT on 26th November 2013. The bike has already made its debut in United Kingdom and finally, the Indian launch has been confirmed. According to company insiders, Royal Enfield would be hosting an event in Goa where the bike would be officially introduced. Ever since the company displayed Continental GT at the 2012 Auto Expo, it has found a place in the hearts of bike enthusiasts of the country. The design of Continental GT is inspired from the Cafe Racer series of bike that were offered long ago. The upcoming bike of Royal Enfield is believed to be a landmark creation from the manufacturer as it possesses an ability to kick start a whole new generation of bikes in India.

According to Royal Enfield, Continental GT will be the fastest and powerful production bike ever built by the company. Powering the Continental GT is a 4-stroke, 535 cc engine, which is capable of churning out a maximum power output of 29.1 bhp apart from the 44 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox to further transmit the power to its rear wheels. Talking about the fuel efficiency, Continental GT is believed to return a fuel efficiency of 25 to 30 kmpl. As it is claimed to be the fastest bike ever made by Royal Enfield, it possess an ability to clock a top speed of 140 kmph.

The upcoming Royal Enfield Continental GT draws designing clues from Cafe Racer bikes that were manufactured during the 1960's. Several advancements from Royal Enfield can be seen in Continental GT, which rides on the Paioli twin gas charged shock absorbers. Furthermore, the company has used a new chassis frame on which the engine is mounted. For optimum results while braking, Royal Enfield has given 300 mm floating Brembo disc brakes in front while 240 mm discs are provided at the rear. The iconic bike manufacturer will be seen offering its upcoming bike in single and double seating options. Once launched, the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) variant of Continental GT is also anticipated to be offered in the Indian auto market.

As evident from the instrument panel of Continental GT, the company has tried to give it a modernised appearance. In order to give away a suitable riding position, the bike gets low clip on handlebars and rear set foot pegs. Talking about the price of Royal Enfield Continental GT, trade analysts are predicting a Rs. 2.25 lakh to Rs. 2.75 range, which will make it the costliest offering of the company in India. According to sources, Continental GT will be assembled locally at the Orgadam plant of Royal Enfield in Chennai. Despite all the enthusiasm from biking aficionados, experts are doubting the power of Continental GT's engine by saying that the company should have added a bit more in this department.

The launch of Continental GT is not surprising as several bike makers have realised the potential of Indian auto market. As buyers here are now more adaptable in choosing high-specification bikes, major companies are actively looking for adding premium models to their product line-up.


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