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German motorcycle manufacturer BMW Motorrad has finally revealed that the G 310 R street fighter and G 310 GS adventure motorcycle will be introduced in India by the second half of 2018.
BMW Motorrad showcased the G 310 R at the 2016 Auto Expo. It was expected that the company would launch the motorcycle in 2017, but it is now delayed to 2018.
The G 310 R is manufactured at the TVS Motor Company's Hosur plant in India and is being exported to several foreign markets. The plant has also commenced the production of G 310 GS and started exporting to global markets.
The BMW G 310 R draws power from a 313cc fuel injected, liquid cooled engine producing 34bhp and 28Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The motorcycle features premium components such as upside down front forks, radial brake caliper at the front and LCD instrument cluster. ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) is offered as standard.
The G 310 GS is the adventure variant of the G 310 R with the same engine. The motorcycle features long travel suspension setup for increased ground clearance and few cosmetic changes as opposed to its naked sibling.
The G 310 GS is also heavier than the G 310 R due to the additional components such as rear luggage rack and extra body panels. The G 310 GS will be an entry-level adventure motorcycle in the Indian market.
BMW Motorrad wanted to strengthen its sales and service network before the launch of the G 310 R and G 310 GS. The naked street fighter will rival the likes of KTM Duke 390, Benelli TNT 300 and Kawasaki Z 250. The primary rival for the G 310 GS is the Royal Enfield Himalayan. KTM is also working on the 390 adventure.