The new Royal Enfield Thunderbird X models comes in both 350 cc and the 500 cc options, christened - Thunderbird 350X and 500X. The bikes come with new styling, and better features, but the engine options remain unchanged.
The new Royal Enfield Thunderbird X is a sportier version of the bike
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X gets dual tone colour & alloy wheels
Mechanically, the new Thunderbird X models will remain unchanged
Royal Enfield has launched the Thunderbird 350X in India at a price of Rs. 1.56 lakh and the Thunderbird 500X at a price of Rs. 1.98 lakh. Both bikes are based on the regular versions of the Thunderbird 350 and the Thunderbird 500 but get a host of cosmetic updates in order to keep the interest in the bike heightened and also target younger buyers as well. The Thunderbird 350X and the 500X get similar updates in the form of shorter handlebars, new 9-spoke alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, a single piece seat instead of the earlier split seats, blacked out fork covers and exhaust and a blacked out headlamp housing as well.
Apart from that, Royal Enfield will also be offering four new colours for the Thunderbird 350X and the Thunderbird 500X which are Drifter Blue, Getaway Orange, Roving Red and Whimsical White. Both bikes get LED daytime running lamp integrated into the headlamp and an LED tail lamp. The cycle parts remain the same as well, with both bikes carrying over the same suspension, brakes and of course, the same engine as well.
The 350X still gets the 346 cc single-cylinder engine which is air-cooled 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and peak torque output of 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm and mated to a five-speed gearbox. The 500X too gets the same 499 cc single-cylinder engine making 27.2 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm, mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The regular versions of the Thunderbird 350 and the Thunderbird 500 are priced at Rs. 1.48 lakh and Rs. 1.9 lakh (ex-showroom) and the Rs. 8000 premium charged by Royal Enfield sure does make it worthwhile to buy the 350X and the 500X.
At first glance, it was a stylish Mercedes A-Class, and no one had any reason to doubt that the new red car racing through the roads of Northern Kerala was anything else.
But it turns out to be a Maruti Baleno, a wannabe Mercedes, which was heavily modified to look like the luxury car.
The Regional Transport Officer (RTO) of Tirur in Malappuram District has confiscated the car in question which was illegally modified.
According to authorities the original owner of the car had modified it, replaced the bumper, with a Mercedes Diamond grille, alloy wheels, head and tail lamps and sporty air vents and logo to the point that even Mercedes dealers found it difficult to identify it as an imposture.
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