Continental GT, Interceptor, Meteor and now the Constellation. Most popular names from Royal Enfield's rich history are making a comeback in the modern era.
Between 1949 and 1963, Royal Enfield produced a 700cc parallel-twin motorcycle which was considered the first superbike from the firm. The motorcycle was based on the Super Meteor from the same era – Royal Enfield will soon bring back the Super Meteor name tag as well. Later, the Constellation was succeeded by the Interceptor 750 in the mid-1960s.
However, the reason for the little history lesson is that Royal Enfield is bringing back the name ‘Constellation’ from 50s era back to life. The firm has already filed a trademark for name usage.
The new Constellation could be based on the same platform as the Interceptor and the Continental GT 650. The engine is likely to be the same 650cc parallel-twin motor, however, the internals are likely to be more up-to-date and refined than the outgoing model.
Changes such as a marginal increase in power output, more refinement, and a 2x1 exhaust system are expected from the updated motor.
The new Royal Enfield Constellation could be positioned as the flagship product from the Indian motorcycle maker. The prices are likely to start from the Rs 3.75 lakh (ex-showroom) mark.
Despite the Interceptor 650 being a middle-weight modern classic, the motorcycle is still considered on the affordable side of the segment, making it a good value for money product.
The new Royal Enfield Constellation could be a direct rival to the premium retro-looking motorcycles such as the Kawasaki Z650 RS and the Triumph Street Twin. The launch of the new RE product could take place before the year ends.