Royal Enfield starts series production of the Continental GT

Posted on: Aug 28, 2013 - 9:02pm IST

The Royal Enfield Continental GT has started its series production run at the classic motorcycle company’s new plant in Oragadam, Chennai.

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Scheduled to make its global debut in the UK by the second week of September, the classic retro Cafe Racer style sportsbike will hit Indian roads a little later, probably in the month of October. Apart from being the country of Royal Enfield’s origin, England is also one of the largest export markets for the brand which is under the wings of Eicher Motors.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 535 Production started

A recent broadcast from BBC World confirms that the Continental GT has commenced production. Siddhartha Lal, MD and CEO of Eicher Motors explains the brand’s journey in the video and you can see the soon-to-be launched motorcycle moving along the assembly line in the background.

Royal Enfield Continental GT cafe racer
The Continental GT will be the lightest, the most powerful and the fastest Royal Enfield in recent times.

The Cafe Racer is idiosyncratic in more than one way compared to the other thumpers in the current lineup. For starters, the riding position of the Continental GT is aggressive and race focused while the other Bullets offer a relaxed and upright posture. Then comes the new fuel injected 535cc single-cylinder liquid cooled engine that is expected to be the most powerful unit in the current portfolio.

The bike is reported to be at least 15kg lighter than any other contemporary Royal Enfield. This also makes it the most dynamic and the fastest RE in recent times.

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With the Continental GT, Royal Enfield is looking to establish a position in the global mid-size motorcycle segment.

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  1. Dr. Nayak says:

    Royal Enfield has to develop a V2 engine in the 800 to 1100 cc capacity to establish a position in the global mid-size motorcycle segment. The single cylinder engine is not going to cut it. I understand the heritage and the antique/retro style design concept to get some volume on the global scale, but for the long run they have to use this as a stepping stone to get into high powdered modern sport/cruiser type bikes, where the money and prestige is!

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