BMW Motorrad to make an entry-level dual-purpose motorcycle.
BMW Motorrad announced its first sub-500 cc motorcycle - the BMW G310R, this year. It's yet to be launched in India, but BMW Motorrad is already working on another product for India, as per a report from Autocar India. The report cites a senior BMW official based outside India, among others.
According to the report, the German automaker's two-wheeler division is readying a mini GS, which will be a dual-purpose version of the BMW G310R. The new adventure motorcycle could be named BMW G310 GS. The entry-level dual-purpose motorcycle class is still a niche in India, with offerings limited to the Hero Impulse and the Royal Enfield Himalayan, but BMW Motorrad is seeing potential in the space.
Being a balanced on-road and off-road motorcycle, the BMW G310 GS can be expected to have a more robust construction and many other differences such as a specially-developed suspension, on/off-road tyres, spoked wheels etc., compared to the BMW G310R for a go-anywhere characteristic. The heart of the G310 GS, however, will be the same 313 cc liquid-coold single-cylinder engine of G310R, perhaps in a different tuning.
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The BMW G310 GS, when launched, could have the Royal Enfield Himalayan as its closest competitor. Like the G310R, TVS Motor Company's Hosur plant could produce the adventure two-wheeler for local and global markets.
[Source: Autocar India]