It was reported earlier this year that BMW Motorrad is working on an adventure derivative of the small capacity motorcycle, the G 310 R. The purported motorcycle, which is named BMW G 310 GS, has been snapped for the first time ahead of its expected debut at the EICMA show in November.
The mini adventure tourer has been engineered in Europe and will be the second BMW motorcycle model to be manufactured in India in partnership with TVS Motor Company. The spy image of the G 310 GS suggests that the adventure version of the G 310 R will sport long travel suspension system, special off-road tyres, and a styling in line with the GS adventure family of motorcycles.
The G 310 R is powered by an all-new 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with four valves and two overhead camshafts, together with electronic fuel injection. It can churn out a power of 33.5bhp at 9,500rpm and maximum torque of 28Nm at 7,500rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. The new adventure version is also expected to be powered by the same engine, but BMW may tweak the power figures. In addition to the powertrain, the dual-purpose version will share as many components as possible with the G 310 R to keep the cost in check.
The affordable adventure motorcycle segment in India is in its teen stage with a few offerings such as the Hero Impulse and Royal Enfield Himlayan. It looks like BMW is planning to fill the gap between the Impulse and Himalayan with the G 310 GS.
Meanwhile, BMW Motorrad will enter India soon with the launch of its full range. The G 310 R is the most awaited model and it will be the most affordable BMW motorcycle in India. Reports indicate BMW will price the G 310 R at around Rs 1.85 lakh.