Bike News

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 vs rivals: specs in contrast | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

We stack the most recent mannequin from RE in opposition to its sibling, the Interceptor 650, in addition to its closest rival on paper – the Benelli 502C.

The Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 is slated to launch in India in January 2023, lower than two months after it was showcased at EICMA 2022. Forward of its launch, we stack it up in opposition to two of its closest rivals, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Benelli 502C. 

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 vs rivals: engine and output

Engine and output
Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Benelli 502C
Engine Air- and oil-cooled, 648cc parallel-twin engine Air- and oil-cooled, 648cc parallel-twin engine Liquid-cooled, 500cc parallel-twin engine
Energy 47hp at 7,250rpm 47hp at 7,150rpm 47.5hp at 8,500rpm
Torque 52 Nm at 5,650rpm 52 Nm at 5,250rpm 46 Nm at 6,000rpm
Gearbox 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed

By way of powertrain, the Tremendous Meteor and the Interceptor 650 are very related and that ought to come as no shock contemplating they’re based mostly on the identical engine platform. Whereas the output figures keep the identical, energy and torque are made barely larger within the rev vary. Royal Enfield claims that 80 p.c of the Tremendous Meteor 650’s peak torque determine arrives at simply 2,500rpm.

The Benelli 502C is powered by a smaller parallel twin engine, however it’s extra fashionable in its structure, boasting of liquid-cooling, the place the Royal Enfield 650s are air- and oil-cooled. Regardless of its displacement deficit, the Benelli 502C makes barely extra energy than the Royal Enfields, though torque is down by 6Nm and is made larger up within the rev band.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 vs rivals: suspension and brakes

Suspension and brakes
Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Benelli 502C
Suspension (f) Showa 43mm USD fork 41mm telescopic fork 41mm USD fork
Suspension (r) Preload-adjustable twin shocks Preload-adjustable twin shocks Monoshock
Brakes (f) 320mm disc 320mm disc 280mm twin discs
Brakes (r) 300mm disc 240mm disc 240mm disc
Tyres (f) 100/90-19 100/90-19 120/70-ZR17
Tyres (r) 150/80-16 130/70-18 160/60-ZR17

The Tremendous Meteor 650 is the primary RE to make use of a USD entrance fork, courtesy of Showa, and it’s a beefy 43mm unit, marking a pointy departure from the fairly old-school telescopic fork seen on the Interceptor 650. Whereas the fork is a extra fashionable unit, on the rear the Tremendous Meteor 650 and Interceptor 650 each use twin shock absorbers. The Benelli has the extra fashionable and traditional {hardware} within the type of twin discs on the entrance and 17-inch cast-alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Angel GT tyres. All bikes right here come commonplace with dual-channel ABS. 

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 vs rivals: weight and dimensions

Weight and dimensions
Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Benelli 502C
Kerb weight 241kg 202kg (with out gas) 216kg
Seat top 740mm 804mm 750mm
Wheelbase 1500mm 1400mm 1600mm
Gasoline capability 15.7 litres 13.Four litres 21 litres
Floor clearance 135mm 174mm 170mm

At 241kg, the Tremendous Meteor 650 is the heaviest bike right here, whereas additionally having the bottom seat top and floor clearance determine. Clearly, Royal Enfield is gunning for a standard cruiser driving expertise, additional bolstered by its feet-forward driving place and relaxed attain to the handlebar. The Benelli 502C is the longest bike right here and has the biggest gas tank right here, each by fairly a big margin. Nonetheless, it’s a completely fashionable machine that may slice by way of corners, which isn’t essentially the case with a standard cruiser. 

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 vs rivals: options

The Tremendous Meteor 650 brings quite a few firsts for the Chennai-based marque, akin to a full-LED headlight and the Tripper navigation pod being supplied as commonplace tools. The change cubes are the identical models as those on the brand new Traditional 250 however are completed in aluminium. The Benelli 502C is a contemporary bike with full-LED lighting, a TFT show and adjustable brake and clutch levers. It is usually the one bike right here to characteristic twin disc brakes on the entrance. The Interceptor 650 is a comparatively fundamental machine, highlighted particularly within the comparability of those two machines right here. It options twin analogue gauges, older switchgear cubes and it even runs on tubed tyres. 

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 vs rivals: worth

Value
Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Benelli 502C
Value (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 3.5 lakh- Four lakh (estimated) Rs 2.89 lakh-3.14 lakh Rs 5.7 lakh

At Rs 5.7 lakh, the Benelli 502C is the most costly right here, and prices practically twice as a lot because the single-tone model of the Interceptor 650. The Tremendous Meteor 650 is slated to be launched in January 2023, and upon its launch we count on it to hold a price ticket of Rs 3.5 lakh-Four lakh, contemplating the up-spec {hardware}, options and end ranges it boasts of. 

About the author

Ravi Kapoor