Royal Enfield has finally unveiled its production Continental GT cafe racer. The British brand, now manufactured in India, has taken its air-cooled single from 499cc to 535cc, bumping crank horsepower to 29.1 (from 27.2) with a peak of 32.4 pound/feet of torque.
Not “rip-our-arms-out-of-their-sockets” power, but adequate to pull the sub-400 pound machine along smartly. After all, the Continental GT is more about style than outright performance.
Don’t expect to “do the ton” on a Continental GT as you race from one cafe to the next, but you can certainly look the part. With 18″ wheels, Paioli shocks and a Brembo front brake caliper, there is a bit of substance to go along with that style.
Maybe it isn’t saying much, but this is the “lightest, fastest, most powerful Royal Enfield in production”, according to the manufacturer. The following video will put you in the mood, if you aren’t there already, and you can find more details on Royal Enfield’s web site.