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Royal Enfield Hunter 350: variants defined | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The Retro is the entry-level variant with wire-spoke wheels, whereas the Metro is the alloy wheel-equipped range-topper.

Royal Enfield has lastly launched its lengthy awaited Hunter 350, and the brand new bike is being provided in two variants: Metro and Retro. Right here’s what’s frequent throughout the board, and the way the pair differ from one another.

Hunter 350 Retro vs Metro: variations

Let’s start with essentially the most visually apparent distinction, and that’s the wheels. Each bikes get the identical wheel dimension, 17-inches, however the extra inexpensive Retro model will get wire-spoke wheels, whereas the upper Metro variant rolls on alloy models. The tyres that these wheels are wrapped in additionally differ, in dimension, mannequin and the presence of a tube. The Retro will get 110/80-17 and 120/80-17 tubed tyres, whereas the Metro will get chunkier rubber, with a 110/70-17 entrance and 140/70-17 rear. These are of the tubeless kind, and they’re Ceat Zoom XL tyres.

The Retro variant (left) will get a rear drum brake and wire-spoke wheels, whereas the Metro model will get a rear disc brake and alloy wheels.

One other huge distinction between the 2 variants is within the braking division, the place the Metro will get a 270mm rear disc brake and dual-channel ABS, whereas the Retro will get a decrease spec, with a rear drum brake and single-channel ABS. Instrumentation can also be an space of separation, with the Metro getting a fancier instrument cluster with a bigger digital inset, borrowed from the Meteor and Scram, whereas the Retro makes use of a extra primary speedometer pod with a smaller digital readout.


The Metro (left) will get a fancier instrument cluster with a bigger digital readout, borrowed from the Scram and Meteor. The Retro sports activities a extra primary meter console, with a smaller digital inset.

The ultimate few variations are an LED tail-lamp and spherical indicators on the Metro vs a standard halogen tail-lamp and rectangular indicators on the Retro, and extra smooth, stylised rear seize rails on the Metro vs extra rudimentary tubular seize rails on the Retro.


A halogen tail-lamp and rectangular indicators on the Retro (left), versus an LED tail-lamp and spherical indicators on the Metro. Additionally word the totally different seize rails.

Because of all of the variations, there’s in fact a distinction in value between the 2 variants. The Retro is on the market in a single color collection referred to as the ‘Manufacturing unit collection’, priced at Rs 1,49,900 lakh. The Metro, then again, is available in two color collection – the ‘Dapper collection’ retails for Rs 1,63,900, whereas the ‘Insurgent collection’ is priced at Rs 1,68,900 (all costs ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hunter 350 Retro vs Metro: similarities

There’s lots that’s frequent between the 2 variants of the Hunter, together with the essential engine and chassis. Each variations get the 349cc single-cylinder, 2-valve engine, which produces the identical 20.2hp at 6,100rpm and 27Nm at 4,000rpm because it does on the Meteor and Traditional 350. However RE says that gas and ignition maps have been tweaked on the Hunter, to higher match the younger character of the motorbike.

Body and suspension parts are additionally shared between each variants, and so they comprise a double downtube body suspended on a telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers. The 300mm entrance disc brake can also be frequent throughout each variations.

To take a look at how the extra highly-specced Metro variant weighs up in opposition to its competitors, try our spec comparo right here.

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