Royal Enfield Continental GT 535 stopped in India
Royal Enfield seems to have pulled the plug on the Continental GT 535 in India. While few dealerships who have stock are trying to clear them off, dealers who have exhausted theirs are not accepting new reservations for the cafe racer. The motorbike might have failed to impress the Indian folks but it does come crossways as an appealing machine in numerous international markets. However, the scrambler still continues to feature on Royal Enfield’s official website.
Launched back in 2013, the Continental GT 535 was the company’s flagship vehicle powered by a 535-cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled and fuel-injected engine. Mated to a 5-speed gearbox, the 535cc powertrain outputs 29 HP of power and 44 Nm of torque. The vehicle’s suspension set up was sourced from Paioli while the braking hardware was from Brembo. While the Classic, Bullet and Thunderbird range of motorbikes are doing well, the Continental failed to set the sales charts on fire. The discontinuation of the vehicle enables the company to focus on its other brands while also leaving some space for the forthcoming Continental GT 650 Twin and the Interceptor 650 Twin. Both the motorbikes will come powered by a 648cc parallel-twin engine capable of producing 47 HP and 52 Nm of torque and with the launch of these two bikes, Royal Enfield aims to be the global middleweight leader. The Continental GT was a completely new bike in Royal Enfield’s stable after ages sporting a newly developed downtube cradle frame and high-end components. The bike uses telescopic front forks and gas charged shock absorbers at the rear, while braking performance comes from 300 mm front and a 240 mm rear Brembo disc brakes. Internationally, the Continental GT is offered with ABS.
Power comes from a 535 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with fuel-injection, and tuned to make 29 bhp at 5100 rpm and 44 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The bike uses Pirelli sourced tyres and sticks true to the cafe racer design theme from the original Royal Enfield motorcycles of the 1960s. Priced at nearly Rs.2 lakh (ex-showroom), the Continental GT is currently the most expensive offering in RE’s stable.