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What is Royal Enfield Cooking?

Royal Enfield is currently on a roll of back-to-back bangers including the Shotgun 650 and the New Himalayan. This year more motorcycles are coming from Royal Enfield and the brand will also be focused on exporting to global markets.  This strategy will cater to Indian riders with more modern and premium offerings from the legacy manufacturer like never before. The internet is riddled with Royal Enfield spy shots lingering around and by a closer inspection, these are the four upcoming REs that we believe will certainly go into production:

Classic 350 Bobber

This is the smallest displacement upcoming RE on our list. Based on the latest Classic 350, it boasts a chopped-down design for a single rider. You might have seen plenty of single-seater 350s from across the era, but do you remember the Bullet 350 Trials? A stripped-down single-seater Bullet with a colored chassis. We think all those Trials are somewhere still out on the trails.

The test mule of the Classic 350 Bobber is seen with a retrofitted rear seat, a wider handlebar, and whitewall tires. Currently, even globally, only a few Harleys sport whitewall tires from the factory, and none of the bikes sold in India come with the same. The exhaust is noticeably different from the roadgoing Classic and has grown a bit too. That said, one thing to be sure about is the refinement of the latest J series engine.

Guerrilla 450

The bike will be a more powerful brother of the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 with similar neo-retro styling. With the retro-classic trend catching up in India, this roadster will be targeted towards young riders. Just like the Hunter, the Guerrilla will be wearing 17-inch tires and be nimble enough to flick through urban jungles.

The heart of the matter will be the latest from the brand, called The Sherpa. It's the same 452cc engine that replaced the old 411cc and gave life to the all-new Himalayan. Royal Enfield will have to price it competitively against Triumph, Harley, and Hero in this hot new segment. Leaks suggest the Royal Enfield Guerilla 450 will be the first in this lineup to launch, wasting no time.

Scrambler 650

By the looks of it, this upcoming 650 is likely to have the oldest engine in Royal Enfield's current portfolio. The 650cc engine first seen on Twins hasn't been updated since 2018. However, the gearbox is much more refined on the latest iterations like Super Meteor and Shotgun 650.

The spy shots were seen sporting a two-in-one exhaust instead of two separate ones. The exhaust is the chunkiest among all of the Enfields and almost looks aftermarket, but it will help with weight savings of having two. In addition, to tackle a fair bit of off-roading, the Scrambler 650 will have longer travel when it comes to suspension units, apart from also boasting dual-purpose tyres and a few cosmetic revisions.

Classic 650

After the retirement of 500cc engines due to BS6 emission norms, Royal Enfield has a crowd of Royal Enfield 500 users waiting. The latest subframe and evolved classic styling with a more powerful engine will have many takers. Royal Enfield’s biggest trump card in the modern era has to be the Classic - which somewhat saved the company from getting drowned. Plonking the acclaimed 649cc twin-cylinder engine inside the Classic’s design could be another huge win for RE. 

TopGear Magazine May 2024