Royal Enfield's Next 450cc Launch: Guerrilla 450

Royal Enfield is gearing up for the launch of its upcoming neo-retro naked roadster, which shares design elements with the entry-level Hunter 350. Speculated to be named the Guerrilla 450, it's positioned as a more premium and powerful alternative to the Hunter 350, likely sharing components with the new Himalayan.

Expected to hit the market in the latter half of the year, the Guerrilla 450 will directly challenge popular models like the Triumph Speed 400, Husqvarna Svartpilen 401, and KTM 390 Duke. With its distinctive design and performance-oriented features, it aims to make a mark in this competitive segment.

Sporting a neo-retro design akin to the Triumph Speed 400, the Guerrilla 450 may be priced competitively around Rs. 2.50 lakh (ex-showroom). Test prototypes have hinted at cost-saving measures, possibly excluding upside-down forks.

Under the hood, it will pack the Sherpa 450 engineā€”a 452 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder DOHC unit capable of delivering 40.02 PS at 8,000 rpm and 40 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Paired with a six-speed transmission and slipper/assist clutch, it promises a smooth ride.

Featuring 17-inch black alloy wheels and offset monoshock rear suspension, braking will be handled by disc brakes with dual-channel ABS. Royal Enfield is also working on other 450 cc motorcycles, including a scrambler, hinting at an expanded lineup.

Expect tech-savvy features like a TFT cluster with Bluetooth connectivity, ride modes, switchable rear ABS, ride-by-wire throttle, and more. The company aims to strengthen its flagship 650 portfolio while broadening the 350 cc range this fiscal year.

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