Royal Enfield is set to launch its Thunderbird replacement, the Meteor 350 on November 6.
It will be available in three variants - Fireball, Stellar and Supernova
The Meteor 350 will feature a Bluetooth-enabled GPS system
The updated engine will make 20.5hp and 27Nm of torque
It’s not uncommon to get hold of some details and spy shots of a motorcycle before it makes its debut. However, in the case of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, even little details including the variants and equipment have been revealed.
Royal Enfield Meteor 350: Variants
The first brochure leak revealed that the Meteor 350 will be available in three variants – Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. These pictures gave us a good idea about how the bikes are differently equipped and even disclosed the colour options. What is nice is that, according to this leak, all three variants will feature a Bluetooth-enabled GPS system that the company is calling ‘Tripper Navigation’. The top-spec Supernova variant also gets a windscreen and a dual-tone colour scheme. The brochure also confirmed that the Meteor 350 will get a gear position indicator on its digi-analogue instrument cluster.
Royal Enfield Meteor 350: Specifications
The second brochure leak, however, gave us an idea of the mechanical side of things. Powering the Meteor 350 will be a 350cc engine that is expected to make 20.5hp and 27Nm of torque. For reference, the UCE Thunderbird 350 made 19.8hp and 28Nm of torque. The document also says that the engine will still be a long-stroke unit that will continue to feature the thumping exhaust sound.
Additionally, the leaked document also suggests that the Meteor 350 will use a revised gearbox. It is said to have a lighter clutch pull and smoother shifts. Another big new feature is that the Meteor 350 will use a double-cradle frame.
Royal Enfield Meteor 350: Expected price
Back in April 2020, there was yet another leak of what appeared to be an online configuration tool for the Meteor 350. Images of the configuration tool displayed the Fireball variant equipped with a few accessories, and it had an ex-showroom price of Rs 1,68,550.
That said, we don’t believe that’s the price it's going to be launched at. Given all the mechanical and technological advancements, the Meteor 350 will most certainly sit above the Classic 350 and closer to the Himalayan in the company’s line-up. One also has to keep in mind that the price difference between the entry-level Fireball and top-spec Supernova variant can be around Rs 10,000-15,000.
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