New motorcycles will target global markets.
According to a report on MoneyControl, Royal Enfield has initiated an engine development programme, and the resulting engines will focus on lower emissions and higher fuel efficiency. These engines will form the core in the brand's new and existing models, the report adds.
Royal Enfield was in the news in March this year when reports emerged that the manufacturer was working on a new 600-650 cc twin-cylinder motorcycle, aimed at markets in the United States and Europe. About the same time, reports also stated that work on the next-generation Royal Enfield Classic (codenamed D41) and next-generation Royal Enfield Thunderbird (codename D61) were under way, and that these motorcycles too would target global markets.
The firm could employ the rumored twin-cylinder 600-650 cc engine in the top-end variants of the new Thunderbird and Classic, whereas the entry-level variants, could get a single-cylinder version of the same engine, or borrow from the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which is powered by a 411 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which was developed from the ground up.
Royal Enfield aims on becoming the world’s number one motorcycle maker in the mid-size category (200-750 cc). At present, the Thunderbird and Classic get either the 350 cc or 500 cc engine. While the 350 cc engine is good for 19.8 bhp of power and 28 Nm of torque, the 500 cc pumps out a maximum power output of 27.2 bhp with peak torque rated to 41.3 Nm, both coupled to a five-speed transmission unit.
[Source - MoneyControl]