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Fresh New Colours For The 2021 RE Interceptor 650 And Continental GT 650


There’s a reasonable price hike as well

Royal Enfield seems to be on a colour update spree for its existing models. The first one to get such an update was the Himalayan, which also arrived with a Tripper pod and minor functional upgrades. The next motorcycle, or rather motorcycles to get new colours are the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. They have become rather pricey as well.

What's The Price?

As has been the case, the Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 arrive at three price points: standard colours, custom colours, and chrome. The Interceptor 650 is now priced from Rs 2,75,467 (ex-showroom India), which is Rs 5,703 more than the 2020 model. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the prices:

2021 Royal Enfield 650cc Models / Colour Variants

Price

2020 Royal Enfield 650cc Models/ Colour Variants

Price (As On January 2021)

Premium

Interceptor 650 Orange Crush / Canyon Red / Ventura Blue

Rs 2,75,467

Interceptor 650 Mark Three/ Orange Crush/ Silver Spectre

Rs 2,69,764

Rs 5,703

Interceptor 650 Downtown Drag / Sunset Strip / Baker Express

Rs 2,83,593

Interceptor 650 Ravishing Red/ Baker Express/

Rs 2,77,732

Rs 5,861

Interceptor 650 Mark 2

Rs 2,97,134

Interceptor 650 Glitter and Dust

Rs 2,91,007

Rs 6,127

Continental GT 650 Rocker Red / British Racing Green

Rs 2,91,700

Continental GT 650 Ventura Blue/ Black Magic

Rs 2,85,680

Rs 6,020

Continental GT 650 Ventura Storm / Dux Deluxe

Rs 2,99,830

Continental GT 650 Ice Queen / Dr. Mayhem

Rs 2,93,648

Rs 6,182

Continental GT 650 Mr. Clean

Rs 3,13,368

Continental GT 650 Mr. Clean

Rs 3,06,923

Rs 6,445

 

What’s New?

For the additional Rs 6,000, the 650s are only get new colours. Of the colours available on the 2020 model, only the Orange Crush and Baker Express on the Interceptor and the Mister Clean (chrome) on the Continental GT 650 are still on offer. Here are the new colours for the Interceptor:

  • Canyon Red: Simple all-red shade.
  • Ventura Blue: No-nonsense cool blue shade.
  • Downtown Drag: A dual-tone black and light grey tank with a fluoro green stripe.
  • Sunset Strip: Black tank with a small gold stripe and a large red stripe on the bottom.
  • Mark Two: Chrome tank with a red central stripe, just like the 1970's Interceptor 650.

The new colours for the Continental GT 650 are:

  • Rocker Red: Traditional cafe racing red (just like the old Conti 535 and the Conti 250) with a white racing stripe down the centre.
  • British Racing Green: Come on! It’s BRG! And to make it more delectable, a white and grey stripe encompassing the RE logo
  • Ventura Storm: A slight deviation from the old Ventura Blue, now with a dual-tone blue and black colour that is split with a white line
  • Dux Deluxe: This lovely Yin-Yang of a colour scheme gets a sexy gold line splitting the two colours

Aside from these new colours, all bikes get black spoke wheels and black fenders (barring the Orange Crush and Dux Deluxe). Rubber fork gaiters are now standard across all models.

RE’s vast accessories catalogue has also seen new bits, of which we particularly liked the new ribbed touring seat (Rs 3,325).

What's Unchanged?

Nothing. This is a mere cosmetic update for 2021 as both motorcycles continue to be powered by a 648cc parallel-twin engine that puts out 47.6PS and 52Nm. It is housed in the same bolted-on dual-cradle frame and suspended by a telescopic fork and twin preload-adjustable shocks. It runs on 18-inch spoke wheels that are now wrapped in Ceat tyres, instead, of the Brazil-sourced Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp rubber that used to be provided earlier. 

What Should Have Been Changed?

Royal Enfield had stated that the Tripper pod from the Meteor 350 would arrive as an accessory fitment on the 650s, but we have no word on that as yet. The Rs 6,000 premium would have been better justified had RE thrown in this feature.

ZigSays

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are still the most affordable multi-cylinder motorcycles on sale in the country and scream phenomenal value for money. Sure, the price hikes could have been justified better by offering a bit more than some fresh new colours. However, that should not deter you much from buying into a truly special experience!

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