13th Dec 2018 5:00 am
The Interceptor 650’s larger fuel tank and lower price point make it surge ahead.
Royal Enfield dealers across the country are seeing higher demand for the Interceptor over the Continental GT. Royal Enfield launched the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 on November 14, 2018, and are the most affordable twin-cylinder bikes in the country. Styled to look like the classic motorcycles from the 1960s, the bikes are selling by the dozens. Both are powered by a 648cc, twin-cylinder engine that makes 47hp and 52Nm torque.
The Interceptor 650 has a 14-litre fuel tank compared to the Continental’s
12.5-litre tank. The most notable difference, however, is a much lower handlebar and a taller fuel tank, making the riding position more committed over long rides. The standard Continental GT costs about Rs 15,000 more than the Interceptor. According to dealers, this is what makes people prefer the Interceptor but the Continental GT is said to be more popular among the younger crowd, who prefer the ‘sporty and sleek’ look.
Prices for the Interceptor 650 start from Rs 2.50 lakh and Continental GT at Rs 2.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Owing to the huge demand, the waiting periods have been pushed until March to early April of 2019.