Royal Enfield has decided to discontinue it’s 535 cc café racer – Continental GT which was inspired from the retro bikes in the era of 60s and 70s. The bike was lightest and fastest motorcycle from the Royal Enfield and was an evolution of the Continental GT 250 – the original Royal Enfield British café racer.
The bike had managed to win the prestigious Indian Motorcycle of the Year Award in 2014 and few more. But, the sales figures for this model were not impressive even in the first year of its launch. Probably because KTM Duke 390 was launched in India in the same year as Continental GT. Back in 2013, a total of 150 units of this model were sold per month. But the sales dipped continuously. Coming to the end of 2017, the October sales figures were 26 units which further dropped to merely 3 units in November. The company has not given any specific reason for discontinuing the model. But, it can be pretty much assumed that the launch of the 650 cc Twins, of which one model is the new Continental GT 650, dilutes the need of 535 cc variant. Hence, all the café racer fans now need to wait for the Twins to be officially launched in India (Official launch expected by June 2018).
Here’s a small comparison of specifications:
|Discontinued||To Be Launched|
|Continental GT 535||Continental GT 650|
|Engine Type||4 stroke, Spark ignition, Aircooled, Single Cylinder, 535 cc||SOHC, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin cylinder, 648 cc|
|Max Power||29.1 bhp @ 5100 rpm||47 bhp @ 7100 rpm|
|Peak Torque||44 Nm @ 4000 rpm||52 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Gear Box||5 Speed Constant Mesh||6 Speed|
|Chassis||Twin downtube cradle frame||Steel tubular, double cradle frame|
|Brakes (Front/Rear)||300 mm Disc / 240 mm Disc||320 mm Disc with ABS / 240 mm Disc with ABS|