In November in the Olympia motor show, Royal Enfield had a large display. It included a new 2.75hp V-Twin. This motorcycle would bring great prestige to the firm in the years preceding World War I, in particular due to its racing successes.
The introduction of a V-Twin was lauded as an innovation. In "The Motor Cycle and Cycle Trader" of March 17th 1916, Mr. Paskell said that there had hardly been any bike introduced in the UK that did not copy the Triumph. "Almost the only notable exception which did not join the rank for the 3.5 single is the Enfield, due perhaps to the independent 'never follow anyone' style of a man, that mechanical genius, R. W. Smith"
(Source: "The history of Royal Enfield motorcycles" by Peter Hartley and "Royal Enfield, the Story of The Company", by Anne Bradford)