Royal Enfield Launches the Continental GT Café Racer in UK

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Royal Enfield Continental GT

 

After nearly 2 years since it was first displayed to the public at the 2012 Auto Expo in India, Royal Enfield has finally launched the highly anticipated Continental GT café racer. The new bike joins as the company’s fourth distinct product line, alongside the Bullet, Classic and Thunderbird series of bikes.

 

The Continental GT is a modern day nod to the café racers of the ‘50s and the ‘60s, when young British motorcycle enthusiasts used to race specially modified bikes from one café to another. The bike’s design is based on Royal Enfield’s 1965 Continental GT café racer, a bike that was once hailed as Britain’s fastest 250cc bike.  

 

The new Continental GT is powered by a fuel-injected 535cc single cylinder engine which incorporates a lighter crankshaft, which reduces inertia and revs more freely. The air-cooled engine produces 29.1 bhp and 44 Nm of torque at a low 5100 rpm and 4000 rpm respectively. The drive is transmitted via a five-speed gearbox.

 

Being a café racer, the Continental GT comes equipped with low mounted clip-on handlebars and rear set foot pegs, which offer a sporty riding position. On the suspension front, the Continental GT is equipped with 41mm telescopic forks at the front, and a pair of gas-charged Paioli rear shock absorbers, while braking is handled by a 300mm and 240mm floating discs at the front and rear respectively. The bike’s 18in aluminium wire spoke wheels come shod with Pirelli Sport Demon tyres as standard. All these components are mounted onto a new twin downtube cradle frame designed by Harris Engineering in the UK. With very little in the way of body panels, weight is kept as low as possible, and the bike tips in at a relatively light 184 kgs.

 

The Continental GT is the most powerful and fastest bike Royal Enfield has produced till date. The bike has been currently been launched only in the UK at a price of £5,200, and is expected to be launched in India by October this year. The bike should be priced at around Rs 2.0 – 2.5 lakhs, and will be available as a single seater as standard, with a pillion seat offered as an optional extra.

 

Here are some official images of the Continental GT from Royal Enfield: 

 

 

Continental GT Front View

 

 

 

Continental GT Rear View

 

Royal Enfield Continental GT Top View

 

By Jaichandran Jayapalan

 

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