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Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 noticed testing, India launch quickly | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The Shotgun 650 is predicated on the SG650 Idea proven at EICMA final yr, and is more likely to be RE’s subsequent massive launch.

The Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 has been noticed testing once more, and it appears reasonably production-ready this time round, suggesting that an India launch isn’t too far-off.

  • Will get mid-set foot pegs and upright seating
  • Headlight bracket bears a powerful resemblance to the SG650 Idea
  • Prone to share a platform with the upcoming Tremendous Meteor 650

Royal Enfield has at the very least a few new fashions deliberate for its 650cc platform, every more likely to get a number of variants. However there are a variety of indicators to inform you that that is the Shotgun 650 and never the Tremendous Meteor 650 that’s additionally anticipated to launch quickly.

The obvious signal is the seating place, which, within the case of the Shotgun, is a much more upright place, with mid-set foot pegs and a taller seat. The Tremendous Meteor, as compared, has been noticed with extra forward-set foot pegs and a steep swoop down from the gas tank to the low rider’s seat, leading to a extra relaxed, cruiser-like, feet-forward driving place.

The SG650 Idea (above) and the Shotgun 650 check mule (beneath) have various key similarities.

The road-going Shotgun 650 goes to be primarily based on the SG650 Idea proven by RE at EICMA final yr, and this check mule has a number of design components that very carefully resemble the idea’s. The form of the headlight bracket, and the upswept exhaust system are fairly near the idea, and the Tremendous Meteor, in distinction, has a standalone headlight unit and extra horizontal exhaust pipes.

RE Shotgun 650 may share chassis with Tremendous Meteor 650

Regardless of the variations, it’s fairly doubtless that the Shotgun and the Tremendous Meteor will share a platform, with lots of chassis similarities seen throughout the 2 bikes. The essential body, the braking {hardware}, the upside-down fork and the dual shock absorbers all appear nearly similar, at the very least when it comes to look. And, in fact, each bikes will share the 648cc, air- and oil-cooled parallel-twin motor that already does responsibility on the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. In the mean time, it produces 47.5hp and 52Nm, and these figures aren’t more likely to change significantly on the brand new fashions.

RE Shotgun 650 India launch quickly

What’s noteworthy about this check mule is simply how well-finished it appears. There is no such thing as a data-logging gear anyplace on the bikes, and the physique panels don’t look like mock-ups. The truth is, all of them appear to suit collectively fairly cohesively, and the paint end appears fairly good too. All this means that the bike is within the very last phases of its testing cycle, and an official launch isn’t very far-off.

What concerning the Himalayan 450?

Royal Enfield does have a few different new merchandise in its pipeline, notably the J-platform Bullet 350, and the liquid-cooled Himalayan 450. And whereas each of those have been noticed testing earlier than, neither of them appear as near completed because the Shotgun and the Tremendous Meteor. So now, it’s only a query of which new 650cc mannequin RE will select to launch first. Anticipate a solution by the tip of this yr or early subsequent yr.

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