Royal Enfield has launched the new Hunter 350 with 2 variants and multiple colour options. Engineered and designed for the urban hustle, the new Hunter 350 is a remixed roadster with the character of a Royal Enfield reimagined in a stylish, compact-yet-muscular geometry, that can tackle crowded city streets, suburban backroads and beyond, with aplomb. The new Hunter 350 will be priced at INR 1,49,900/- (ex-showroom, Chennai, India) for the Retro version, 1,64,000/- for the Metro single tone version and 1,69,000/- for the Metro Dual tone version.
Built on the award-winning 350cc J-series platform, combined with a highly flickable Harris Performance chassis, the Hunter promises to deliver agility without fragility on city streets and sheer, grin-inducing pleasure on the open road. It comes in two distinct editions – Retro Hunter and Metro Hunter – both finished with on-trend, blacked-out engines and components. The Retro Hunter runs on 17” spoked wheels and has a 300mm front disc brake combined with a 6” rear drum brake, single channel ABS, an uncluttered retro-styled digital-analogue instrument cluster that displays just the right amount of essential information and a choice of two classical, single-colour tanks.
The Metro Hunter has a more contemporary look with dual-colour liveries, cast alloy wheels, wide tubeless tyres, and rounded rear lights. There are five colourways across two editions on the Metro Hunter. A selection of three chic tank colour and graphics options on one edition, and the top of the range edition, finished with a choice of three petrol tank designs ever to adorn a Royal Enfield. It is also compatible with Royal Enfield’s Tripper TBT navigation which is available to order as a Genuine Motorcycle Accessory.
Both Metro editions are equipped with alloy wheels and wider 110/70 x 17” front and 140/70 x 17” rear tubeless tyres for superior handling and muscular good looks, 300mm front and 270mm rear disc brakes, dual channel ABS, and a handy centre stand. An LED tail lamp and premium digital-analogue instrument cluster that displays odometer, tripmeter, gear indicator, fuel graph bar with low fuel warning, clock and a service reminder. All Hunter editions feature uncluttered handlebar controls, their rotary power and lighting switches giving a gentle nod to the past, and are fitted with a USB charging port.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the Hunter 350, Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. said, “At Royal Enfield we are closely engaged with our consumers and community. Their desires and aspirations shape the motorcycles we make and we are always looking to create newer experiences and newer formats of pure motorcycling for them. There were always a set of passionate motorcyclists that loved our brand, but did not find the right kind of attitude within our portfolio. The Hunter 350 is for them. It is a motorcycle that combines the strengths of seemingly different species, and brings it together in a super stylish and fun package that is an all new flavour of pure motorcycling with the unmistakable Royal Enfield character.”
Commenting on the launch of the Hunter 350, Royal Enfield CEO, B Govindarajan, said, “The Hunter 350 is an outcome of several years of insight gathering and consumer studies from across the world. It is a motorcycle that feels right at home in big metropolises and is exciting for the experienced rider, and easy and accessible for a new rider. Its shorter wheelbase, more compact geometry and lighter weight makes it very nimble and manoeuvrable within the urban context. We are very confident that this new reimagined roadster will usher in a whole new set of global consumers into our world of pure motorcycling.”
Mark Wells, Royal Enfield’s Chief of Design, said, “It just seemed the most natural thing in the world for Royal Enfield to develop a fun, lighter and more agile 350 roadster. It’s fresh but is still fully Royal Enfield. Every time I look at it, the Hunter gives me a carefree feeling – of being young, jumping on my bike and whizzing off to meet up with mates.”
The Hunter was conceived and developed by the designers and engineers at Royal Enfield’s two state-of-the-art technology centres, in India and the UK, and renowned chassis experts, Harris Performance. Their mission – to deliver an exhilarating ride experience; a fusion of the superlative J-series engine with refreshed chassis proportions for enhanced agility and responsiveness.
The chassis geometry on the Hunter 350 is designed to give the optimal height-to-weight ratio while offering superior comfort, thanks to its wide, long, one-piece seat. With revised rake and trail angles, a lower 800mm seat height and shorter wheelbase, the Hunter’s exceptional manoeuvrability encourages greater confidence when carving through cramped streets and feels planted and stable in every location and situation.
The Hunter is powered by the modern, globally acclaimed 349cc air-oil cooled single cylinder J-series engine, recently launched on the Meteor and Classic 350. Fuel-injected, it produces 20.2 bhp at 6100 rpm and 27 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm resulting in strong, low-end grunt, super smooth linear power delivery with an engine calibration to give a lively throttle response and a distinctive exhaust note to suit the character of the Hunter. With a primary balancer shaft to cut down vibrations, it feels both responsive and refined while its gear shifting is crisp and smooth thanks to an optimised 5-speed gearbox.
Customers can discover, book a test ride, book and customise their Hunter 350 via the Royal Enfield App, on the company website at royalenfield.com or at their nearest Royal Enfield dealership.