The two-wheeler market in India grew by more than 14% in the last financial year. Much of this growth came from various street bikes that were sold during this period. This year, we have at least 10 upcoming streetbikes in India that look sufficiently promising. Let’s take a lot at these motorcycles.
BMW Motorrad will introduce the new BMW G310R in India by the end of 2018. The BMW G310R gets its juice from a 313-cc single-cylinder liquid cooled engine. The G310R will be produced by the TVS Motor Co. However, it will benefit from world-class quality standards. The engine of this motorcycle outputs a maximum power of 34 bhp along with a peak torque of 28 Nm. It will offer ABS as a standard feature. Prices are expected to start around Rs 2.5 lakh.
The G310GS is basically an adventure motorcycle that is based on the G310R streetnaked. It will have the same single-pot 313-cc engine that produces a maximum power of 34 bhp and a peak torque of 28 Nm. It will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It is likely to be priced at around Rs 3 lakh.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
The upcoming Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is one of most eagerly awaited motorcycles this year. It will become the most powerful production motorcycle from Royal Enfield ever. Powering the Interceptor is a 648-cc parallel-twin engine that produces a maximum power of 46 bhp along with a peak torque of 52 Nm. The motorcycle is expected to cost roughly Rs 3.5 lakh when it goes on sale later this year.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
The second upcoming Royal Enfield in our list here is the Continental GT 650. It shares its 648-cc engine with the Interceptor but gets the design from the erstwhile Continental GT 535. The engine costs 46 bhp and 52 Nm. The new motorcycle will likely cost less than Rs 4 lakh. This means that like the Interceptor, even the Continental GT 650 will become one of the most expensive motorcycles in Royal Enfield’s stable.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401
Bajaj Auto Ltd is said to be prepping up to launch the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 by the end of the current year. The Vitelpen 401 will get its juice from the same 373-cc single-cylinder engine that powers the KTM 390 Duke. This engine offers a maximum power of 42 bhp along with a peak torque of 35 Nm. Prices are likely to start at Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
Another Husqvarna that is coming our way is the Husqvarna Svartiplen 401. This motorcycle too gets its engine from the KTM Duke 390. Hence, it offers a maximum power of 42 bhp along with a peak torque of 35 Nm. The Svartpilen 401 will be costlier than the Vitelpen. Prices will start at Rs 3.00 lakh.
Benelli Imperiale 400
Benelli revealed the Imperiale 400 at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show. There is a good chance that the new motorcycle will be launched in India later this year. It’s a retro-styled naked that is powered by an air-cooled, single-cylinder, fuel-injected 373.5-cc engine. The motor outputs a maximum power of 20 PS along with a peak torque of 28 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It’s expected to cost around Rs 3.5 lakh when it is launched here. In India, the Imperiale will mainly rival the RE models.
Hero Xpulse 200
The XPulse 200 can be heralded as the logical successor to the now-defunct Hero Impulse. Once launched, it will become the only off-road motorcycle this side of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Powering the XPulse is a 200-cc single-cylinder engine that will output a maximum power of 18.36 PS at 8500 rpm along with a peak torque of 17.2 Nm at 6000 rpm. ABS will be standard.
DSK Benelli Leoncino
The Benelli Leoncino is an upcoming concept scrambler that will be launched by the end of this year. Leoncino means ‘Lion Cub’ and it gets its name from a line of lightweight Benelli models that were launched back in the 1950s. Powering the upcoming motorcycle is a liquid-cooled 500-cc parallel twin engine. It’s likely to cost roughly Rs 4 lakh.
TVS Apache 180
While the new TVS Apache RTR160 is here, the company is still working on the new Apache RTR180. The upcoming motorcycle will come with all the changes that were introduced in the new Apache RTR160. Hence, it will come with many new features, a new frame but the same engine. The upcoming RTR180, akin to the current model, will find itself slotted between the RTR160 and the RTR200. Therefore, it will essentially offer a mix of fuel efficiency and performance. The engine will remain largely the same. However, the new features will make the motorcycle a more attractive proposition than the current model. Going by the prices of the new RTR160, the upcoming RTR180 will be considerably costlier than the current model.
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