More Affordable Royal Enfield Thunderbird Variant In The Pipeline!
Expect the Chennai-based manufacturer to launch the base-spec variant in the coming weeks
- The upcoming lower-spec Thunderbird 350 will get some cosmetic updates.
- It will come equipped with drum brakes at the rear and single-channel ABS.
- It’s likely to make the Thunderbird 350 more accessible by Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000.
They say desperate times call for desperate measures. And this year has been quite rough for two-wheeler manufacturers in the country. With dwindling sales, companies are coming up with various methods to increase sales figures. Royal Enfield, however, has resorted to launching more affordable and stripped out versions of its bikes. We’ve already received the more affordable variants of the Bullet 350 and Classic 350, and now Royal Enfield is set to add a cheaper variant of the Thunderbird 350 to its lineup.
While information regarding the upcoming variant are scarce, we believe it will get a simpler single-tone paint job, a minimalistic badge and blacked-out parts like the Classic 350 S. Additionally, the projector headlamp setup seen on the standard model could be replaced with a simple halogen unit. Apart from the addition of a single-channel ABS, the motorcycle will be mechanically the same as the dual-channel ABS variant. Considering that the upcoming base-spec Thunderbird will get minimal changes, we expect it to be priced around Rs 1.47 lakh, making it nearly Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000 less expensive than the standard model.
Royal Enfield is also working on updating the Thunderbird 350 X, which could arrive during the first half of 2020. The new Thunderbird 350 X will get an updated chassis as well as all new looks as well, and Royal Enfield will be banking on it to help boost sales figures in these difficult times.