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2020 Royal Enfield Classic spied undisguised

THIS IS the clearest view yet of the next generation Royal Enfield Classic range as it took to the roads in Chennai in what appears to be almost production-ready form.

The Classic has been spotted in various states of undress in recent weeks but this latest spot by eagle-eyed spies in India reveals an unguarded look at the front, side and rear, revealing cosmetic changes that update an aesthetic that remains pleasingly traditional.

The images were captured by reliable Indian source GaadiWaadi.com in high-res and follow on from a short grainy video captured by Gouthamzone channel on YouTube.

Whilst details about the Classic will remain scarce until it gets an official unveiling the images show front and rear disc brakes on the right-hand side, instead of the left of the current model. Other revisions include different footpegs, an updated instrument console and new exhaust routing.

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 and 500 ranges have been in production since 2009 but have undergone relatively few changes since then owing to its timeless appearance. However, even mechanical updates have been meagre, with ABS only introduced in some markets as recently as 2018.

The updates to the Classic range have been premeditated by stricter emissions regulations in Royal Enfield’s native India, which the current model doesn’t meet in its current guise. As such, Royal Enfield has duly taken the opportunity to bring freshly overhaul the model to coincide.

Interestingly, Royal Enfield emerged as the best performer in the most recent UK sales figures, jumping a massive 153 per cent year-on-year in a market that otherwise saw a decline. 

The new models come three months after the company announced a new CEO Vinod K Dasari, who has been charged with spurring on Royal Enfield’s fortunes in a challenging climate. 

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