Royal Enfield Hunter 350 launched in India at Rs 1.50 lakh

Royal Enfield has launched the Thunder 350 in India with prices starting at Rs 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The motorcycle will be the new entry point into the brand's lineup and will be placed below the Meteor 350.

By Anirudh Sunil Kumar | on August 7, 2022 Follow us on Autox Google News

The Hunter 350 is finally here, this time without the disguise!

Royal Enfield has launched the Hunter 350 in India with prices starting at Rs 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom.). Royal Enfield claims that the motorcycle has been in development since 2016. Here's everything you need to know about the motorcycle. 

For starters, the Hunter 350 is derived from RE’s J-Series 350cc platform. The company’s CEO Siddhartha Lal stated that the model was under development in 2016 to get the chassis equation just right. As against the rest of its stablemates, the Hunter comes with a modified twin-downtube spine frame that is claimed to improve agility and cornering stability. 

The motorcycle retains most of the Royal Enfield design cues, like the rounded light clusters and twin rear shocks. The design, this time, is leaned toward being a roadster rather than a cruiser like the rest of the 350cc range. The company claims that the motorcycle gets an all-new suspension set-up that is not shared with any other model. Up front, there is a 41mm front fork offering 130mm of travel while at the rear it gets twin tube emulsion shock absorbers with 6-step pre-load adjustment and 102mm of wheel travel.

The motorcycle sits on a set of 17-inch wheels and will be available in dual and single-tone paint schemes, spread across two distinct variants – Retro and Metro. The Retro will kick off the range with a more basic instrument panel, wire spoke wheels wrapped in 100/80 section tyres at the front and 120/80 section tyres at the back, tubular rear grab rail, and rear drum brake and single-channel ABS. The Metro variant, on the other hand, will come with the same instrument pod and switchgear as the Meteor 350, split rear grab handles, meatier 110/70 section tyres at the front and 140/80 section tyres at the back, dual-channel ABS and a rear disc brake.

In terms of powertrain, the Hunter 350 gets the familiar 349-cc J-series engine as the Meteor 350. The engine outputs the same 20.2bhp and 27Nm of torque, but Royal Enfield has tweaked the tune for sharper throttle response. This unit will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. 

With the Hunter 350, Royal Enfield is targeting a new group of buyers who are upgrading from smaller capacity motorcycles or the ones who are looking for their first motorcycle. Furthermore, the Hunter 350 is touted to be the new entry-point into RE’s lineup, placed below the Meteor 350.

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