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Royal Enfield has launched a new café racer motorbike called the Continental GT – but this one has nothing to do with Bentley.

The Royal Enfield Continental GT is a 535cc single-cylinder air-cooled bike that’s styled like a 1960s café racer – intentionally simple, the firm says it blends traditional craftsmanship and modern technology.

It’s also the lightest, fastest and most powerful Royal Enfield in production.

Specialist firm Harris Performance was called in to set up the chassis, which uses a double cradle frame and 41mm front forks plus twin gas Paioli rear dampers. It’s fitted with Brembo brakes and Pirelli Sport Demon tyres.

As for styling, British firm Xenophya Design UK was responsible for it – and it even has its own ‘Burn-up Wear’ accessory and clothing range.

Constructed in Chennai, India, the Continental GT is likely to become a popular machine: the factory will be making 250,000 Royal Enfield motorcycles in 2014 and will soon be upgraded to the half-million mark. This is thus a significant launch for the Indian-owned firm.

UK launch plans are being finalised; prices are to be confirmed soon.