A source based rumour suggesting that Indian retro motorcycle maker Royal Enfield is mulling a 250cc entry level motorcycle has begun doing the rounds on the interweb. The rumour goes on to add that the 250cc motorcycle from Royal Enfield will compete with motorcycles like the Bajaj Pulsar 220 and the Honda CBR250R, both sportsbikes and as different from Royal Enfield’s retro motorcycles as chalk is to cheese. Also, the rumour puts a 2014 time frame for the 250cc motorcycle’s launch in India. The rumour could just turn out to be a blast of hot air considering the fact that Royal Enfield has come out and issued a statement denying plans of developing a 250cc motorcycle.
2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer 535 Motorcycle used as an illustration
Here’s Royal Enfield’s statement denying plans for a 250cc motorcycle,
Royal Enfield is a dominant player in the premium 350 cc and above motorcycle segment in India and will continue with its focus on this segment. Currently, Royal Enfield is not planning any motorcycle below 350 cc. In the second half of 2013, Royal Enfield will be launching the much awaited Cafe Racer that will also be in the premium category.
So, there that’s Royal Enfield clearly stating its position. Royal Enfield’s next launch in India will be the Cafe Racer 535 model. The motorcycle is slated to be launched in the second half of 2013. The Cafe Racer will also be exported to markets such as the USA and the UK. A retro motorcycle with sporty intentions, the Cafe Racer 535 will be the largest displacement motorcycle in the Royal Enfield range.
The 535cc UCE engine on the Cafe Racer is expected to output more power and torque than the 500cc UCE engine. Apart from the larger displacement achieved by mean of a bigger piston, bigger injectors, high performance cam shafts and a revised exhaust system are expected to be the major changes that add power and torque to the Cafe Racer’s four stroke UCE engine. The Cafe Racer will use an all new frame, revised suspension and bigger brakes.
The motorcycle will also see usage of lighter materials to keep weight down. With all these changes, the 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer 535 promises to be the fastest motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s range. Expect the Cafe Racer 535 to sit right at the top of Royal Enfield’s motorcycle range in terms of price and positioning. Expect to shell out over 2 lakh rupees for the Cafe Racer 535.