Indian motorcycle brand Royal Enfield are on a roll presently with the launch of its latest and first adventure model, the Himalayan. However, a recent report indicates that the famed retro bikes brand intends to develop new and high performance models in the near future destined for the international market.
A recent statement made by Siddhartha Lal, MD and CEO of Eicher Motors – Royal Enfield’s parent company – indicates plans to ensure a solid presence for the Royal Enfield marque in overseas markets. Specifically, Lal states:
“Then we will have a new range of motorcycles that we will be coming out with. These will be higher performance, not superfast, but certainly proper highway-worthy models for the established, developed markets.”
The exec also highlighted that increasing power output is at the top of the ‘to-do’ list for Royal Enfield. Presently, the marque’s biggest engine capacity sits in the half-litre range and develops a meagre 30hp and 44Nm of peak torque. Also in its ‘to-do’ list is an aim to enhance build quality and reliability meant to complement the hiked power figures.
Sources close to the local Indian motorcycle industry indicate that the marque’s best option here is to develop a new platform with a 600-650cc-twin engine. However, there are no clear indications as to when this new platform will be revealed or launched.