Royal Enfield is likely to launch the Thunderbird 500X and 350X in India on February 28. A Royal Enfield dealership in Pune is locally hosting a launch event in for the Royal Enfield Thunderbird X series on February 28, suggesting that the official launch will take place on the same date. That said, the dealership launch event does not mention anything about which model will be launched. We believe Royal Enfield will launch both the models (350X & 500X) of the Thunderbird in India on the said date. Also Read: Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet Launched; Priced in India at INR 2.12 lakh
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and 500X are sportier variants of the respective Thunderbird models and gets various cosmetic changes. Both the bikes are targeted towards young buyers who aspire to stand apart from the sea of other Royal Enfield owners. Changes on the Thunderbird X series include a wide handlebar that replaces the cruiser-style unit on the regular variant and a single-piece wide seat. For the first time, Royal Enfield is introducing alloy wheels as standard on any of its products in India along with tubeless tyres. Read More: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X & 500X – 5 Things to Know
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird X series also loses out on the rear back rests, which are replaced by side grab rails. The bikes get bright colours for the fuel tanks along with colour-coded rim stickers, while rest of the styling is all-black. The Thunderbird 350X will be available in Red and White colour options while the Thunderbird 500X will additionally get a Bright Yellow and Blue paint schemes. The headlamp unit, alloy wheels, engine, exhaust and suspension units are all finished in matte black. Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 India Launch by Mid 2018
That said, the engine specifications are expected to remain the same on the Royal Enfield Thunderbird X series as compared to the regular Thunderbird 350 and 500 models. The Thunderbird 350X will be powered by a 346cc single-cylinder motor that is capable of producing 19.8 BHP of maximum power at 5,250 RPM while developing a peak torque of 28 at 4,000 RPM. On the other hand, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X will get a 499cc single-cylinder unit that produces 27.2 BHP of maximum power at 5,250 RPM and 41.3 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 RPM. Both the engines will be mated to a 5-speed transmission. Read More: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Spied Ahead of India Launch; Price in India, Colour, Mileage, Top Speed, Features, Specs
Braking responsibilities are shouldered by a 280mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear. However, both bikes are unlikely to get ABS even as an option. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks upfront along with inverted gas charged twin shock absorbers at the rear. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X will rival the UM Renegade Sports S. However, the Thunderbird 500X does not have any direct competition in India. As far as pricing is concerned, we expect the bikes to command a slight premium of around INR 5,000 as compared to the prices of the respective regular variants.