A modern take on an old beast!
Auto Expo 2018 has ended, but still there is quite a buzz around the automotive industry due to the fact that Royal Enfield released two new motorcycles for the Indian roads. These two motorcycles are not technically new, but a revamped version of the older ones. Yes, we are talking about the newly released Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and Thunderbird 500X. Royal Enfield has taken a much more modern approach with the two twins and emphasizes on vibrant colours to appeal to a much more younger audience.
The Colours are part of the charm
Let’s first talk about the design. First things first, both the Thunderbird 350X and 500X look exactly the same, the difference being only in the colours in which they are offered. The 300X is released in two colour variants, Whimsical White and Roving Red; while the 500X is released in GetAway Orange and Drifter Blue colours. Most of the design aspects are borrowed from the old Thunderbird models. But there are a few major changes here and there which contribute to the new and fresh look of the motorcycle.
Both motorcycles now feature LED headlamps and a sleek LED tail lamp setup. The grab rail is also changed for a modern approach. It now looks more stylish than ever. One major difference from the standard models is the seat. Instead of opting for a split seat approach, the 350X and 500X now feature a single seat setup and an entirely new handlebar. The twin motorcycles feature 9-spoke black alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. For braking both motorcycles come equipped with disk brakes; both at the front and rear, ABS still being absent 🙁 . The front and rear suspension are the same units that are offered on the standard Thunderbird models.
The instrument cluster follows a semi-digital approach, with analog speedometer and tachometer. The digital being used for displaying the trip and fuel range.
New blood in old veins
Now let’s talk about the engine and power figures. The Thunderbird 350X is powered by a 346cc engine which produces a peak Power of 19.8 bHP @ 5250 RPM and 28 NM of Torque @ 4000 RPM. The elder sibling, the 500X churns out 27.2 bHP of Power @ 5250 RPM and 41.3 NM of Torque @ 4000 RPM while being powered by a 499cc engine.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X is offered by an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.56 Lakhs and the Thunderbird 500X at an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.98 Lakhs. As expected it is priced slightly higher than the standard models. There’s a catch too, Royal Enfield says that the standard Thunderbird models will continue to be sold alongside the newer ones.
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