The BMW G310R was recently spotted testing on the Chennai-Bangalore highway without any camouflage which is an indication that it is ready for launch. The G310R is the first BMW bike to be manufactured in India, and this task is being carried out by TVS Motor Company in their Hosur Plant.
BMW Motorrad’s collaboration with TVS and subsequently the launch of the BMW G310R was disclosed last year, and the unveiling of the naked bike at the 2016 Auto Expo at Delhi certainly impressed everyone. It is expected that the bike will be launched by October, 2016 in the Indian market with official BMW Motorrad showrooms being setup in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Ahmedabad.
An interesting thing about the test bike was that it did not have ABS while BMW had mentioned that it would certainly be available. This is indicative of the fact that there will be two variants for the Indian market for cost-cutting purposes. The G310R is expected to cost around Rs 2.5 Lakhs ex-showroom which is fairly reasonable for a bike carrying a BMW badge.
The BMW G310R is the complete package. Its aggressive yet ergonomic design is inspired from the legendary S100RR as well as the R1200R. This naked roadster is to serve as the base for half-faired and fully-faired versions in the future so expect everything to be spot on. The 313 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that powers the G310R is the smallest capacity of all the BMWs currently on sale. It produces 34bhp of power and 28Nm of torque which give the bike a top speed of 170 kmph and a mileage around 25 – 28 kmpl (speculative figures).
In this price bracket, BMW is taking on the KTM Duke 390 which has established itself as the most value-for-money bike in the 300 – 500 cc segment in India. And pictures of the new 2017 KTM Duke 390 have just been leaked which show a massive design upgrade in the already stellar looking bike. The BMW G310R has its work cut out if it has to displace the Duke from its throne.
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