Kinetic Group owned MotoRoyale has confirmed to IAB that it will launch the Norton Atlas 650 scrambler in India in 2020 after the bike is introduced in England.
Speaking to IAB, Mr Ajinkya Firodia, MD, MotoRoyale India, said:
“The Norton Atlas 650 will come to India when it comes to England. That will happen in 2020, which is still a while away. There's still a good one and half years’ time for the production Atlas 650 to come out.”
Stuart Garner, CEO, Norton Motorcycles, released official renders of the all-new Norton Atlas 650 scrambler through Twitter in June. The new model is slated to debut at the Motorcycle Live 2018 at National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in November 2018. It features a neo-retro design, which is inspired by the old Norton Atlas.
The Norton Atlas 650 will be the first 650 cc motorcycle from the British bikemaker since its resurrection. It features a tear-drop fuel tank, chunky USD front forks, wide handlebar, single-piece seat and a rear mono-shock unit. A tubular chassis holds the 650 cc parallel-twin motor.
The new Norton Atlas 650 comes shod with wire-spoke wheels at both the ends that wrap with knobby off-road tires. The motorcycle features a circular headlight with a windshield up top, an engine crash guard and a two-into-one upswept exhaust.
Powering the Norton Atlas 650 will be a newly-developed 650 cc, parallel-twin cylinder engine with fuel injection and liquid cooling. The motorcycle is likely to come in two variants - ‘High’ and ‘Low’. While Norton hasn’t announced the engine specifications, reports say that the motor will develop between 70 bhp to 100 bhp. There will also be a supercharged version of this engine that will reportedly produce 175 bhp.
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Braking power will be provided by twin rotors at the front along with a single disc at the rear with Brembo callipers. ABS will be offered as standard. The Norton Atlas 650 will be a global offering. It will compete with the Harley Davidson Street Rod. It will reportedly carry a price tag of 10,000 pounds (INR 9 lakh) in its home market.