Royal Enfield Continental GT expected to be launched in India by 2013 end

Royal Enfield Continental GT expected to be launched in India by 2013 end
author image CarTrade Editorial Team
Saturday 10 August 2013, 11:30 AM

Royal Enfield recently inaugurated a new production facility at Oragadam, which is located on the outskirts of Chennai. The company, according to reports, is planning to launch the Royal Enfield Continental GT in India by the end of 2013. Sources claim that the bike will be first introduced in the United Kingdom and around a month later in India. Although company officials have not confirmed the date when the Continental GT will hit Indian showrooms, the September launch in UK is certain.

Royal Enfield Continental GT expected to be launched in India by 2013 end

Siddhartha Lal, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Eicher Motors Group, said, “The Continental GT will be launched in the UK in September. This is a product for the global audience and is one of the big steps we are taking to be a global player in the mid-sized segment”. Notably, Royal Enfield is a part of the Eicher Motors Group, an Indian automobile manufacturer.

Interestingly, Royal Enfield Continental GT is powered by a new engine, which has a displacement of 535 cc. Featuring the trademark low-set clip-on handlebars, the Continental GT has a design that is similar to the 1965 GT250. It has a long fuel tank along with a narrow seat, which leaves space only for the rider of the bike. Royal Enfield, however, is provided with a two-up seat that can be bought as an optional accessory. The framework of the Royal Enfield Continental GT has been designed by Harris Engineering, the highly reputed firm, based in United Kingdom.

One of the highlights of this bike is its lightweight, double cradle structure that facilitates improved handling and stability. This structure is much better in comparison to the single downtube framework, which is present in some Royal Enfield bikes. The Continental GT boasts of tyres from famous Italian manufacturer Pirelli and shockers from Paioli. Reports have suggested that this motorcycle will be the fastest among the Royal Enfield products that are currently available on road. Sources claim that Royal Enfield is planning to raise the production level of its motorcycle in terms of volume by around 40 per cent. In 2014, the company plans to manufacture around 2.5 lakh units in comparison to this year's count of 1.75 lakh.

“We have said that this year we will have a total of 1.75 lakh units from two plants. Next year it will go up to 2.5 lakh units,” replied Lal when asked about the firm's expansion target. Also, the company is working towards reducing the waiting period by stepping the pace of production. Commenting on the same, Siddhartha Lal, said, “In the beginning of this year we were producing about 12,000 units a month. In July we produced about 16,000 units and we are gradually moving along as per planned.”

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