The much-awaited Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is all set to go on sale in India, and this one is quite special. The bike is set to replace the iconic Thunderbird 350 and it's built on a new platform, will get a new chassis, and a brand new 350 cc engine as well. We have already seen a bunch of spy photos over the past few months and there have been several leaks with regards to the bike's design, features, engine specifications and whatnot. All of them are going to be confirmed soon, but for now, here's what we expect the new Meteor 350 will bring to the table.
Engine and Transmission
Based on the leaked data, the new Meteor 350 will come with a newly developed BS6 compliant 350 cc engine 4-stroke single-cylinder engine that will come with a single overhead cam (SOHC) making it a more refined unit. It is expected to be a long-stroke engine that will be making around 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque. The existing unit makes 19.1 bhp and 28 Nm, which is about 1 bhp less but offers 1 Nm of more torque than the new motor. The engine will be mated to an improved transmission setup with newly developed lighter clutch for smooth gear shifts.
Variants and Colour Options
According to some previously leaked documents, the new Meteor 350 will be offered in 3 variants, namely Fireball, Stellar, and Supernova. The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Fireball variant will come with blacked-out elements, single colour tank, graphics with decals, a blacked-out engine with machined fins, and reflective stripes on the wheels. The mid-spec Stellar variant will get body-coloured components, and special Royal Enfield badge on the tank, chrome exhaust, chrome handlebar, chrome EFI cover, and a backrest for the pillion. The top-spec Supernova trim, at the same time, will get dual-tone treatment, machine-cut alloy wheels, premium seat finishes, a large windshield, and chrome indicators. All three trims come with a Tripper navigation function.
Features and Equipment
The new Meteor 350 will come with a new instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity, a first-ever from the brand. It features a twin-pod cluster, and while the larger unit will feature an analogue speedometer, the smaller unit will come with TFT colour display featuring RE's new Tripper navigation function that turn-by-turn navigation and will also show time. The bike is also expected to get LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, forward-set footpegs, a lower seat height, raised handlebar, 15-litre fuel tank and more. The bike is also likely to get telescopic front forks, along with adjustable shock absorbers at the rear. It will also come with a 19-inch wheel up front and a 17-inch unit at the rear. Braking performance is likely to come from disc brakes at either end with dual-channel ABS as standard.
Price and Competition
The new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is expected to be priced in India between ₹ 1.70 lakh to ₹ 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom) and it will go up against the likes of newly launched Honda H'Ness CB 350 and the Benelli Imperiale 400, and Jawa & Jawa Forty-Two.