BMW G 310R & G 310GS motorcycles launched in India

by Shantonil Nag

The much-awaited BMW G 310R and the G 310GS motorcycles have been launched in India. The BMW G310 R becomes the most affordable bike from the brand and is priced at Rs. 2.99 lakhs. The BMW G310 GS is the most affordable adventure bike from the GS series of the brand and is priced at Rs. 3.49 lakhs, both prices ex-showroom, Delhi. BMW started taking the bookings for both the bikes a few weeks back and the deliveries will start today.

Both the bikes are a result of the joint venture between BMW and TVS to develop mass-segment bikes. The TVS Apache RR310 is the first bike from the partnership that was launched in India. The bikes from BMW will share a lot of chassis parts and the engine with the Apache RR 310. Both the BMW bikes have been developed in Munich, Germany. However, all the three bikes are manufactured at the Hosur plant of TVS and are exported all over the world.

The G310 R is a naked entry-level motorcycle from the brand and looks quite aggressive. The bike gets a very sharp looking headlamp with an all-digital LCD console mounted on the top of it. It also gets upside down forks, mono-suspension at the rear, and alloy wheels with tubeless tyres. The bike also gets disc brakes on both the wheels and dual-channel ABS is standard.

The G310 GS is the entry-level adventure bike that belongs to the GS-series of the brand. It is based on the same platform as the G310 R and gets a few off-road friendly traits like high ground-clearance, high exhaust position and rear to mount luggage. The bike gets the iconic beak-shaped front styling and shares the same full-digital console with the G310 R. It also gets upside down forks at the front and a mono-shock suspension at the rear.

Both the bikes draw power from the same engine. The 313cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine produces a maximum of 34 Bhp and 28 Nm. Both the bikes get a six-speed transmission unit. The engine is mounted in reverse on the frame. This allows the swingarm length to remain long to make the bike stable in a straight line, while the wheelbase can be kept short that makes the bike very agile. Both the bikes can accelerate from 0-50 km/h in just 2.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 143 km/h.

The BMW G310 R will take on the likes of KTM 390 Duke on the Indian market that is priced at Rs. 2.29 lakhs, ex-showroom. The Duke 390 is much more powerful than the BMW G310 R and has a lot of followers in the market. The G310 GS has no direct competitor on the market but it will take on the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan. The Himalayan is priced at Rs. 1.68 lakhs. Price-wise, the BMW G310 GS will compete with the parallel-twin engine powered KTM Versys X-300 that carries a price tag of Rs. 4.6 lakhs.

Here’s an official look at the GS version