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Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 continues road testing, looks production ready

Written by Rohit Tonapi

Royal Enfield will launch 2 new models on the 650cc platform, which the Interceptor and Continental GT uses. One of these will be the Super Meteor 650, which was recently spotted. Meanwhile, the other model will be the Shotgun 650. New spy shots have surfaced online of the Shotgun 650, and it looks like it is inching closer to production. It is likely that Royal Enfield will offer the Shotgun 650 in multiple variants. This is because the test mule in the new spy shots has some differences.

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 Spotted – What Do We See?

The Shotgun 650 test mule from the latest spy shots looks a bit different. For starters, it gets a different alloy wheel design and also gets standard mirrors instead of bar-end mirrors. The new test mule also looks to be missing the engine crash guard and auxiliary lights that were present in the previous test mule. However, apart from this, the overall bodywork like the fuel tank, side panels and other bits remain the same.

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 – What Do We Know?

The Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 will use the same 648cc parallel-twin engine and 6-speed gearbox from the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Thus, expect the Shotgun 650 to make around 47 BHP and 52 Nm of torque. 

The Shotgun 650 will most likely get the same features as the current Royal Enfield 650 twins. But there could be some differences as well. Unlike the Interceptor and the Continental GT 650, the Shotgun 650 could get a single-pod instrument console like on the Hunter 350. Additionally, it could also get the Tripper Navigation pod as an optional accessory.

On the other hand, there will also be few mechanical changes compared to the Interceptor and Continental GT 650. Firstly, the front suspension. The Shotgun 650 will use upside-down forks instead of telescopic forks like on the 650 twins. Furthermore, it will get alloy wheels with road-biased tyres. 

From the latest spy shots, it looks like the Shotgun 650 is production ready. Royal Enfield could launch the Shotgun 650 by the end of 2022 or early 2023. It is likely that it will command a premium over the current Royal Enfield 650cc twins.

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