Royal Enfield’s all-new 750cc parallel twin engine was caught testing for the first time in Spain. The all new engine was fitted to a Continental GT chassis, expected to go into production phase sometime in 2017.
Royal Enfield has been caught testing an all-new parallel-twin engine in Spain, which is expected to have a displacement of 750cc. The new engine will be new territory for the company with a side-by-side parallel cylinder configuration, unlike its regular single cylinder thumpers. Initially to be manufactured in India, the new engine will have the conventional carburettors and not fuel injection. The bike at present sports carburettors and since carburettors can in no way meet the stringent Euro 4 emission norms, we can expect a fuel injection to be in the works as well. The new engine is expected to produce anywhere around the 50HP mark in terms of power delivery with 60Nm of torque.
The new parallel-twin engine was spotted on a Continental GT test mule in Spain. The test mule according to pictures is a modified Continental GT made to accommodate the new bigger engine. The modified GT has been given a crude extension to adjust the wheelbase to fit the new bigger engine. The test mule can also be seen sporting clip-on handle bars, dual exhaust and the conventional carburettors.
Royal Enfield, has not commented anything till now but looking at the pictures of the test mule, the bike will be competing with the likes of the Triumph Bonneville. The new bike to come along with the 750cc engine is expected to be along the lines of the cafe racer design similar to the Continental GT, with single-seat, cafe racer type tripod instrument cluster, circular headlamps and an exposed chassis. The new bike is also expected to come with other features like six-speed transmission, Brembo brakes and Pioli shocks at the rear.
The new design of the engine and bike from Royal Enfield is being looked into by a top British development team, probably the same designers responsible for the Continental GT and the Daytona 675R. The production-ready version of the 750cc engine is set to be launched sometime in 2017, while the final product will go on sale, not before 2018.
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