But beyond what meets the eye, the most impressive aspect of this new Thunderbird is the handling. Yes, handling.
The earlier Thunderbird wasn't exactly the most pleasant bike to push through twisty roads but wait till you ride this new Thunderbird, because this lady, fat as she is, can tango.
Starting off with the Classic platform as a starting point, Royal Enfield has slapped on beefier 41 mm forks, a 240 mm disc brake at the back, an all-new swingarm, better performing MRF Zapper tyres and shortened the wheelbase to give us the best handling Thunderbird till date.
Charging up a tight mountain road has never traditionally been a Thunderbird forte, but things are much different now.
For a feet-forward cruiser, this motorcycle can hold its own in the corners and you'd be surprised at the flickability and confidence it displays.
You even surprise yourself a little when you're leaned over a fair bit - increased cornering clearance helping there - and you realise that your feet aren't folded back, your spine is upright and your arms are resting on comfortable handlebars.
Handling is close to Classic territory now, so much so that you could give the Classic boys a run for their money.
And sitting at the back of the pack isn't something the new Thunderbird wants to do.