The Retro is the entry-level variant with wire-spoke wheels, whereas the Metro is the alloy wheel-equipped range-topper.
Royal Enfield has lastly launched its lengthy awaited Hunter 350, and the brand new bike is being provided in two variants: Metro and Retro. Right here’s what’s widespread throughout the board, and the way the pair differ from one another.
Hunter 350 Retro vs Metro: variations
Let’s start with essentially the most visually apparent distinction, and that’s the wheels. Each bikes get the identical wheel measurement, 17-inches, however the extra inexpensive Retro model will get wire-spoke wheels, whereas the upper Metro variant rolls on alloy items. The tires that these wheels are wrapped in additionally differ, in measurement, mannequin and the presence of a tube. The Retro will get 110/80-17 and 120/80-17 tubed tyres, whereas the Metro will get chunkier rubber, with a 110/70-17 entrance and 140/70-17 rear. These are of the tubeless kind, and they’re Ceat Zoom XL tires.
The Retro variant (left) will get a rear drum brake and wire-spoke wheels, whereas the Metro model will get a rear disc brake and alloy wheels.
One other massive distinction between the 2 variants is within the braking division, the place the Metro will get a 270mm rear disc brake and dual-channel ABS, whereas the Retro will get a decrease spec, with a rear drum brake and single-channel ABS. Instrumentation can also be an space of separation, with the Metro getting a fancier instrument cluster with a bigger digital inset, borrowed from the Meteor and Scram, whereas the Retro makes use of a extra fundamental speedometer pod with a smaller digital readout.
The Metro (left) will get a fancier instrument cluster with a bigger digital readout, borrowed from the Scram and Meteor. The Retro sports activities a extra fundamental meter console, with a smaller digital inset.
The ultimate few variations are an LED tail-lamp and spherical indicators on the Metro vs a traditional halogen tail-lamp and rectangular indicators on the Retro, and extra modern, stylised rear seize rails on the Metro vs extra rudimentary tubular seize rails on the Retro .
A halogen tail-lamp and rectangular indicators on the Retro (left), versus an LED tail-lamp and spherical indicators on the Metro. Additionally be aware the completely different seize rails.
Because of all of the variations, there’s after all a distinction in value between the 2 variants. The Retro is out there in a single coloration sequence referred to as the ‘Manufacturing unit sequence’, priced at Rs 1,49,900 lakh. The Metro, however, is available in two coloration sequence – the ‘Dapper sequence’ retails for Rs 1,63,900, whereas the ‘Insurgent sequence’ is priced at Rs 1,68,900 (all costs ex-showroom, Delhi).
Hunter 350 Retro vs Metro: similarities
There’s so much that’s widespread between the 2 variants of the Hunter, together with the fundamental engine and chassis. Each variations get the 349cc single-cylinder, 2-valve engine, which produces the identical 20.2hp at 6,100rpm and 27Nm at 4,000rpm because it does on the Meteor and Basic 350. However RE says that gas and ignition maps have been tweaked on the Hunter, to higher match the younger character of the motorbike.
Body and suspension elements are additionally shared between each variants, they usually comprise a double downtube body suspended on a telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers. The 300mm entrance disc brake can also be widespread throughout each variations.
To take a look at how the extra highly-specced Metro variant weighs up in opposition to its competitors, try our spec comparability right here,