BIGGEST motorcycle launches of 2018: From BMW G310R to Royal Enfield 650

BIGGEST motorcycle launches of 2018: From BMW G310R to Royal Enfield 650

There will be an influx of new motorcycles in 2018. A score of new and exciting motorcycles will be launched in the affordable segment in India. Which are the most exciting motorcycles that will be launched this year? Let’s find out.

Husqvarna Svartpilen

Expected launch: Late 2018

The much-awaited Husqvarna twins have been finally spied in India. The Svartpilen is a scrambler-style street bike which is meant to handle the rough patches as good as the smooth tarmac surface. The Svartpilen gets off-road spec tyres with spoke alloy wheels. Other bits like the front USD and rear mono suspension remain same as the Vitpilen. KTM will build both the motorcycles at Bajaj’s Chakan plant and will export them from here.

Husqvarna Vitpilen

Expected launch: Late 2018

Husqvarna, a part of KTM will launch the Vitpilen and Svartpilen based on the KTM Duke. The Vitpilen is a cafe-racer styled motorcycle that will take on the Royal Enfield Continental GT in India. The lower handlebars make sure that the motorcycle gets an aggressive riding position. It will use the same chassis and engine as the KTM 390 Duke. The name means white arrow.

Royal Enfield Interceptor

Expected launch: Mid 2018

Royal Enfield unveiled their first ever twin-cylinder powered motorcycles last year. One of them will be the Interceptor which will be Triumph Street Twin challenger in India. The 650cc parallel twin engine is an all-new product and is air plus oil cooled.

It is the most advanced engine coming out of Royal Enfield factory ever and gets fuel injection, four-valve heads, and an overhead camshaft. It develops a maximum power of 47 Bhp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. It gets a 6-speed unit with slipper clutch. It will also get ABS. The bike is expected to be launched by the mid of this year with a price tag of between Rs. 3-4 lakh.

Royal Enfield Continental GT

Expected launch: Mid 2018

Royal Enfield discontinued the Continental GT 535 recently and this one will take its place soon. It shares most of the cycle parts with the discontinued bike and the Interceptor. It gets a different styling for the more aggressive riding position. The Continental GT will be more expensive than the Interceptor in the market when launched.

BMW G310R

Expected launch: Late 2018

The German brand showcased the much-awaited bike at the 2018 Auto Expo. It will become the most affordable BMW motorcycle in India and will take on the likes of KTM 390 Duke. The BMW G310R is made in India and is already being exported to many foreign markets.

The bike draws power from a 313cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with twin overhead camshafts. The motorcycle produces a maximum of 33.6 BHP of power but weighs only 158 kg, which results in a very good power to weight ratio. The engine is a reversed cylinder design that will give it a better centre of gravity and fun to ride.

Hero XPulse

Expected launch: September 2018

Hero launched the Impulse in India a few years back but due to the puny engine, it did not gain much popularity among the enthusiasts. Hero officially showcased the bike at 2018 Auto Expo that attracted a lot of enthusiasts towards it.

The bike is built on the same platform as the Hero Xtreme 200. It gets the same new 200cc engine as the Xtreme and gets fuel injection as well. The engine delivers 18.4 PS Power and 17.1 Nm Torque and is mated to a 5-speed transmission. There are a bash plate and crash-guard to protect the engine. The motorcycle also gets a small fairing for wind deflection, an LED headlamp, knuckle guard, a twin seat and a high handlebar.

Aprilia RS 150

Expected launch: End 2018

Aprilia showcased two motorcycles at the 2018 Auto Expo. The bike is a mini version of Aprilia RSV4 and looks extremely aggressive. It will take on the Yamaha YZF-R15 head-on in the market. The power comes from 150cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, which is fuel injected. It produces a maximum of 180 Bhp and 14 Nm.

Aprilia Tuono 150

Expected launch: End 2018

The Touno is the mini version of Touno 1100. It is not as aggressive as the RS 150 and gets a relaxed riding position that makes it a long-distance motorcycle. The bike will take on the Yamaha Fazer in the Indian market. It gets the same engine as the RS 150.

Tork T6X

Expected launch: Mid 2018

The Pune-based firm has unveiled India’s first fully-electric motorcycle. The motorcycle will be powered by Li-ion battery and will have a maximum range of 100 km. The batteries charge to full in about 2 hours and Tork says that the battery attains 80% of charge in just one hour. The company is also working to install charging stations in the Pune city first and then the motorcycle will be launched in the other major cities of the country. The electric bike will be launched later this year.

Benelli Imperiale

Expected launch: April 2018

Benelli showcased the Imperiale 400 at the EICMA and it will be launched in India to take on the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Classic 500. The retro-styled cruiser is powered by a 373cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine that produces a maximum power of 20 Bhp and 28 Nm. It was not showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo but will be launched soon in the market.


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