At EICMA 2023, Royal Enfield revealed the highly anticipated Himalayan 452, representing a significant leap in performance, technology, and design for the Indian manufacturer. Quickly after its showcase in Milan, the bike's pricing in India was announced.
The new Himalayan 452 maintains its rugged style while appearing more athletic and streamlined. It boasts enhancements like heightened suspension, a new engine, and an optimized rider triangle for off-road adventures. Featuring a round headlight, tall windscreen, and a large tank, it retains the unmistakable Himalayan identity.
Powering the bike is a groundbreaking 452cc liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection, a first for Royal Enfield. Generating 40 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 40 newton-meters of torque at 5,500 rpm, this engine almost matches the power of the 650 Twins despite a smaller displacement. Transmitting power to the rear wheels is a six-speed manual transmission.
The technological advancements are equally noteworthy. The Himalayan 452 introduces throttle-by-wire and a full-color TFT display with smartphone connectivity as standard. Riders can toggle between eco and performance modes and control the ABS through this display, which now offers switchable settings for off-road adaptability.
The bike's suspension, sourced from WP, includes an inverted front fork and an offset rear monoshock. Rolling on dual-purpose rubber with a 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel, it currently features tubed tires on wire-spoke wheels, with cross-spoke wheels and tubeless rubber likely to follow for enhanced off-road performance.
The freshly introduced Himalayan 452 by Royal Enfield is now available in India, commencing at Rs 269,000, roughly equivalent to P179,000 for the Base model. Meanwhile, the Slate edition comes in at Rs 274,000 (approximately P182,300), followed by the Summit variant at Rs 279,000, or around P185,600. Stepping up to the top-tier Hanle Black will cost Rs 284,000 (about P188,900). It's anticipated that these bikes will carry a considerably higher price tag upon their release in the Philippine market.