Royal Enfield will today open the order books for its final Classic 500 variant, the Tribute Black Limited Edition, which will hit local showrooms in the coming weeks priced from $9590 rideaway.
Just 240 Tribute Black units will be sold in Australia and New Zealand, marking the end of of the popular Classic 500 platform that launched almost a decade ago.
At a recent media event, a Royal Enfield spokesperson told INFO MOTO that the Classic 500 will make way for a number of new models this year that better suit changing customer tastes and tightening emissions regulations.
Royal Enfield stopped short of confirming what new models are on the horizon, though it said it plans to increase its share in the mid-size (250 – 750cc) market using its newly developed J-Platform.
The Royal Enfield Tribute Black will be available to order online from 5pm today, with deliveries expected in the next few weeks, while the last shipment of standard Classic 500 units will run-out from $9190 rideaway.
Distinguishing the Tribute Black is a dark paint scheme with hand-painted gold pinstriping, unique badging to signify the build number, and a number of genuine accessories including black mirrors, a machined oil filler cap and a quilted touring seat.
As is standard on the outgoing Classic 500 range, the Tribute Black is motivated by a familiar 499cc long-stroke single-cylinder engine that develops 20kW and 41Nm.
Royal Enfield’s J-Platform debuted locally this year with the brand’s Meteor 350 cruiser, which uses an all-new 15kW/27Nm 349cc fuel-injected single cylinder engine, and is priced from $7690 rideaway in base Fireball guise.
The company has also confirmed that it will release new colour options for its top-selling Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 twin-cylinder models, with showroom deliveries expected in August.
It is possible that the Classic 500 and Bullet 500 nameplates will return in the coming years, though they will certainly sit on a new platform.
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