BMW Motorrad is all set to kick start its India operation with the launch of its entire range of motorcycles later this year. The highlight in the line up is the G 310 R motorcycle manufactured in association with the TVS Motor Company. Latest reports indicate BMW Motorrad is also working on a dual-purpose adventure motorcycle based on the G 310 R.
The dual-purpose G 310 R derivative to India is likely to be called G 310 GS and will enter market in 2017 at an affordable price range, reports Autocar India. The adventure motorcycle segment in India is in it teen stage with few offerings. Hero MotoCorp has the Impulse, but the sales of the model are not promising. The next offering is the Royal Enfield Himalayan powered by 410cc engine. It looks like BMW is planning to fill the gap between Impulse and Himalayan with the G 310 GS.
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 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. BMW may tweak power figures. This new version is also expected to be manufactured at TVS' manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu.
Global premiere of the BMW G 310 GS is expected in November at the Milan Motorcycle Show.