BMW G310RIBTimes India

The first offspring of BMW Motorrad and TVS Motor Company alliance, the G 310 R motorcycle, was first unveiled in November last year. BMW Motorrad showcased the motorcycle in India for the first time at the Auto Expo earlier this month and the launch of the G 310 R in India is expected in the second quarter of this year. According to the latest reports, the motorcycle will be priced around Rs 2.5 lakh.

A report in Shifting-gear, which cited information from a Malaysian website, quoted 25,000 Malaysian Ringgits to 30,000 Malaysian Ringgits for the motorcycle, and that would translate into Rs 4.10 to 4.92 lakh when converted into Indian rupee. Assuming that the motorcycle would be exported to the Malaysian market from India as CBU and it would invite high import taxes and local excise duties in Malaysia, the cost of the motorcycle in India comes around Rs 2.5 lakh.

The G 310 R is manufactured in India at the TVS facility in Tamil Nadu. The motorcycle will be powered by the all-new 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with four valves and two overhead camshafts, together with electronic fuel injection. The striking feature of the engine is its backward-tilted cylinder in open-deck design with the cylinder head turned 180 degrees. The engine develops an output of 33.5bhp at 9,500rpm, and maximum torque of 28Nm at 7,500 rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox.

Once launched, the G 310 R will be the most affordable motorcycle of BMW. The company is expected to ramp-up its dealership network ahead of the launch with its partner, TVS.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]