Based on customer feedback, Royal Enfield has updated the software for the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650, reports Gaadiwaadi, quoting Youtuber and Vlogger, Bulu Patnaik. Patnaik is an owner of the Interceptor INT 650 who had vented his frustration about the motorcycle’s performance at high altitudes in one of his YouTube video logs, although he was satisfied with the bike on regular roads.
The motoring portal adds that the updated software is aimed to address the issue of the motorcycle’s inability to climb higher altitudes. The report further states that the update has been tested and approved by ARAI and it will come pre-installed on all Interceptors and Continental GT bikes manufactured after June.
Do note that there is no statement from Royal Enfield about any such development yet. We would keep you posted with any announcement that may arrive from the Chennai-based two-wheeler brand.
In more updates, the same website also reported that the Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 would receive their first price increase in the coming weeks. The motoring portal said that the 650 Twins would receive an INR 20,000 increase in the ex-showroom prices. Thus, the price for the most affordable Continental GT 650 will go up from INR 2.65 lakh* to INR 2.85 lakh*, while the Interceptor INT 650 will be available from INR 2.70 lakh* as against its current tag of INR 2.50 lakh*. Even after the price increase, the 650 Twins will remain the most affordable 650 cc bikes in the Indian market.
Both, the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 use the Chennai based brand’s newly developed 648 cc parallel-twin cylinder, air & oil cooled, SOHC engine with fuel injection tech that makes 47 BHP of power at 7,250 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm. The engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox with an assist/slipper clutch.
Apart from the motor, the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 share the underpinnings, braking setup and suspension hardware. Dual-channel ABS comes as a standard safety net.
Royal Enfield is optimistic about the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650. Similar to other motorcycles, the company is incorporating the learning from the customer feedback to improve the product. The company hopes to reach global annual sales of up to 1 million units in the next 5 to 10 years.