Lal says Royal Enfield has chosen several models as candidates for a larger engine.
Royal Enfield CEO and Managing Director, Mr Siddhartha Lal, in an interview to Motorcycle Magazine, has revealed that a bigger displacement Royal Enfield Himalayan is being worked upon.
He added that Royal Enfield has selected several models of which they will be making larger capacity models. These more powerful models though will not be made because of international demand but primarily for the Indian market.
Mr Lal said:
(So back) to your question about higher capacity, we have selected which models we will be making bigger and more powerful versions of than we have today, and the Himalayan is one of those – but because our Indian customer says so, not anyone overseas. However, I recognise of course that this is a benefit for or export sales, and as we get close to meeting demand in India for our products, then we must start to lift our sales overseas. In the next five-year horizon, we intend Royal Enfield should be No.1 in global sales in the middleweight segment.
Mr Lal proceeds to confirm that the company will not go beyond the 750 cc displacement.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan’s Long Stroke 411 cc single cylinder mill produces 24.5 bhp of power and 32 Nm of torque. While riders who are upgrading from a 150 cc motorcycle may find it a big jump, enthusiasts have felt the need for more grunt.
Royal Enfield sells more than 6 lakh motorcycles a year and the 500 cc models amount to 10 percent of the sales.
[Source: Motorcycle Magazine]