Royal Enfield has been testing its upcoming and updated 2020 BS 6 Thunderbird for quite some time now. We have seen numerous spy shots in the past and there is a bunch of new ones, too. So, here’s a sum-up of what we know about the new Thunderbird.
In terms of design, the upcoming Thunderbird X will continue to have a cruiser-like riding stance and a similar silhouette, however, Royal Enfield has replaced some old parts with new ones.
- Smaller round headlamp with clear lens and no projector
- Revised fuel tank, side panels
- Split seats, grab rail
- Redesigned rear end
- Single round tail light
- New alloy wheels
There’s also going to be a new single-pod semi-digital instrument console which will display relatively more information when compared to that of the current model; maybe real-time fuel efficiency, range, and much more. This new unit will also give the bike a more retro and cleaner look.
Talking about retro, RE has also changed the switchgear on the new bike. The switch for controlling the headlight and the engine kill switch is now bigger and works in a rotary fashion. The handgrips are also changed.
Powering this new Thunderbird X will be, of course, an updated BS 6-compliant engine. We don’t have the actual power and torque figures yet. The current model has 19.8 bhp of max power and 28 Nm of torque.
As per previous reports, Royal Enfield would not be converting its 500cc models into BS 6 models and is planning to discontinue them. That being the case, only a new Thunderbird 350X is expected to be launched sometime early next year with a price hike.