Wait, am I reading this correctly? BMW and TVS in one bike’s name? Unusual, right?
But, this unlikely collaboration works wonders with the new BMW G310R, which was just showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The G310R is expected to go on sale by this year itself and will rival the KTM 390 Duke in the single-cyclinder 300cc category.
The bike has been designed by BMW Motorrad in Munich and is inspired by its older sibling, the S1000R. The G310R ticks the boxes in the looks department, and gets a pure street bike look with a lowered, aggressive stance. The iconic BMW blue and red stripes run throughout the body with different width at different parts of the machine. The major highlight of the exterior, is the golden painted USD forks. The front headlight looks a bit small compared to the rest of the body, especially against the size of the exhaust design. But that ends up working in favour of the machine, since it makes the bike look meaner. Now for the Indian market, BMW will manufacture the motorcycle at the TVS plant in Hosur. BMW Motorrad will also ensure that TVS maintains the high standards set by the Bavarian manufacturer, making sure that the Indian built G310R is worthy of the BMW badge.
The G310R is packed with a powerful 313cc, single-cylinder, water-cooled and fuel-injected engine. This engine is capable of producing 33.6 BHP @ 9500 rpm and 28 Nm @ 7500 rpm and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike has backward-tilted cylinder in open-deck design, with the cylinder head turned 180 degrees. This baby BMW is definitely down on power compared to all its rivals, although this could be a hint to BMW’s intentions with the G310R. Instead of outright power, the G310R focuses on low end tractability making it a fabulously smooth and refined commuter motorcycle that should be easy to ride and isn’t as high strung and intimidating as the Duke 390.
The bike features a single screen, fully digital instrument console, which is protected from the front by a small pentagonal windshield. Standard equipment such as tachometer, speedometer, redline indicator, odometer, trip meter are present. The G310R weighs 158.5 kg, which is a mere 0.5 kg more than the Duke 390. The G310R edges the Duke when compared in terms of mileage, with the company claim of 30.3 kmpl. It comes with a 300 mm, 4-piston caliper single disc brake for the front whereas the rear uses a 240 mm single disc with 1-piston caliper. This bike comes with the famous BMW Motorrad ABS and is offered in 3 colours, namely Pearl White Metallic, Cosmic Black and Strato Blue Metallic.
Almost the complete package, the BMW G310R has gained a lot of admirers who were expecting this one for quite some time now. Absolutely stunning, refined and surprisingly economical, this new BMW is definitely going to shake things up. BMW will market the G310R as a quality product and will hope to win customers over from the KTM camp by providing higher levels of comfort and refinement! A bold step for BMW and TVS.