Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2019: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Bags IMOTY Award
2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 (Photo Credits: RE)

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has begun its journey of the positive note itself. Within more than one month of its India launch, Royal Enfield’s newest offering has bagged the most prestigious India Motorcycle Of The Year (IMOTY) 2019 award. The motorcycle is priced at Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The RE Interceptor 650 is a modern twin-cylinder motorcycle from the Chennai-based motorcycle maker in India. Indian Car of the Year 2019 Award: Maruti Suzuki Swift Hatchback Wins ICOTY.

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The new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 competed against with 11 other motorcycles that were introduced in the Indian market this year. The nominees for IMOTY 2019 were BMW G 310 GS, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Hero Xtreme 200R, Yamaha R15 V3, TVS Apache RR 310, BMW G 310 R, Honda CBR650F, Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT, Suzuki GSX-S750, Triumph Tiger 800 and SWM Superdual T.

This year’s jury panel of IMOTY 2019 consisted of 16 Indian automotive journalists. The IMOTY 2019 title was awarded to Siddhartha Lal, CEO of Royal Enfield by Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & MD of JK Tyres.

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 motorcycle comes powered by a 649cc, oil cooled parallel-twin engine that is capable of churning 47bhp of maximum power and peak torque of 52Nm. The unit is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The main underlines of the motorcycle are dual-channel ABS and slipper clutch that are offered as standard.