1. Royal Enfield Hunter 350: New J-Platform Engine
The Hunter 350 gets the J-platform engine from Royal Enfield, which is also offered in the company’s other models like the Meteor 350 and Classic 350. Its 349cc, 2-valve, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine produces 20.2 bhp power at 6,100rpm and 27Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, same as other models.
2. Royal Enfield Hunter 350: Underpinnings
The Hunter 350 scale gets much lower figures than the other stable models from the company and that is because it gets new components. Royal Enfield says that the weight has been saved mainly in areas like chassis, exhaust system, wheels and bodywork.
While both the variants get a 300mm front disc, the lower-spec Retro variant gets a drum brake at the rear, while the Metro variant gets a 240mm rear disc. Both the variants get 17-inch rims and the construction and tire sizes are different. The Retro rides on tubed wire-spoke wheels with 100/80-17 (front) and 120/80-17 (rear) set-ups.
3. Royal Enfield Hunter 350: Features
Features vary depending on which variant you choose, with the lower price resulting from the entry-level retro variant getting less equipment, while the Metro variant gives you more kit and features. The display on the Retro is more basic than the instrument unit on the Metro variant, while the Metro has a comparatively smaller digital inset.
Switchgear also varies with the retro getting more basic hardware. ABS is standard across the board. But as a result of its rear disc brake, the Metro gets a dual-channel system, while the Retro comes with a single-channel unit.
4. Royal Enfield Hunter 350: Variants
The main difference between the variants comes from the level and base of their equipment and hence, they are priced differently. The entry-level Retro variant gets wire-spoke rims with thinner tubed tyres, a drum brake at the rear, a halogen tail lamp, a more rudimentary tubular rear grab rail and single-channel ABS.
It also lacks a center stand, with which the high-spec Metro variant comes standard. The high-spec Metro variant comes equipped with cast alloy rims, which have thicker tubeless tyres, more sleek and stylish twin grab handles at the rear, an LED tail lamp and a rear disc brake that comes with ABS at both the ends.
5. Royal Enfield Hunter 350: Price and Rivals
Hunter 350 prices start at Rs 1.50 lakh for the entry-level retro variant, while the premium metro version costs up to Rs 1.69 lakh (ex-showroom). The Hunter directly competes with the other neo-retro roadsters Honda CB350RS (Rs 2.03 – 2.04 Lakh), Jawa 42 (Rs 1.67 – 1.81 Lakh) and Yezdi Roadster (Rs 2.01 – 2.09 Lakh) at this price point.