In a bid to enter new markets, German premium two-wheeler maker BMW Motorrad had announced its entry in the below 500cc segment.
For this, it joined hands with TVS Motor Company in April 2013 and the German-Indian manufactures signed a long-term cooperation agreement for the same. Since then, the product development has been on full swing.
A report from MotorCycleNews now indicates that the final product is around the corner. BMW is expected to reveal a range of 300cc single-cylinder four-stroke bikes in just a few weeks and these machines will be a key part of BMW's strategy as they have the potential to expand sales massively, adds the report.
"There is a long-term future for small-capacity bikes. These are authentic BMWs. It may have less horsepower but it has the same engine behavior and this will be a very nice bike," the report also quoted R&D chief, Karl Viktor Schaller as saying
The possible motorcycle type that the industry expects are a street fighter, supersport and an adventure model. All the motorcycles from the partnership will be built on the same platform, allowing the manufacturing duo to keep the prices competitively and will result in increased fuel efficiency.
BMW Motorrad recently achieved the record for production by building 1,12,000 units of motorcycles in a 12-month period. The arrival of sub 500cc motorcycle is expected to increase the sales by almost double from the current number.
The new motorcycle has been designed and engineered in India by TVS and will also be manufactured at the facilities of TVS in the country.