OverdriveJun 18, 2018 16:45:22 IST
BMW Motorrad will launch its highly-anticipated 310 cc siblings in India around the end of June 2018. The BMW G 310 GS and the G 310 R are the first two motorcycles from the manufacturer to be produced in India. Latest information from sources suggests that the two motorcycles will be launched simultaneously in the country.
They will both enter their respective segments which already have established models, and it seems BMW wants to take on the competition as soon as it can. BMW Motorrad is producing the motorcycles in India in partnership with TVS Motor Company. While bookings should open by the June-end or the first week of July, deliveries will begin by mid-August.
The G310 GS adventure tourer and the G 310 R naked were both showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, which is where OVERDRIVE had first learned that they will be launched by the middle of this year. Both motorcycles may be priced around Rs 30,000 apart and are expected to land in the Rs 3.1 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh price range. Given the small price difference, it makes sense that the company will offer them simultaneously so as to be able to cater to both types of customers. For the G 310 R, there is already stiff competition from the KTM 390 Duke, while the G 310 GS will compete with the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Kawasaki Versys X-300.
TVS has already launched the fully-faired RR 310, which shares its mechanicals with BMW Motorrad's G 310 siblings. The G 310 G was recently spotted being transported on a truck in the country. The BMW G 310 R and the G 310 GS share the same engine and chassis, more or less. The engine is a 34 PS single cylinder that makes 28 Nm of peak torque. The liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine is unique in being mounted 'backwards' so that the fuel enters from the front and the exhaust port is at the back.
Upside-down forks and a preload adjustable rear monoshock are standard, as is ABS. BMW Motorrad also reiterated to OVERDRIVE earlier that BMW doesn't intend to produce two quality levels. India will get the exact same motorcycles as anyone else outside of regulatory changes—like number plates and saree guards being added.
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