The made-in-India BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS have been updated to meet the Bharat Stage VI, or BS6 emission regulations, but have also been given other creature comforts and new features. Both motorcycles are available at BMW Motorrad dealerships from today onwards, and have been manufactured in India by collaboration partner TVS Motor Company. The BMW G 310 R is the entry-level roadster positioned as an everyday urban runaround, and for the occasional weekend ride out on country roads. The BMW G 310 GS is described as a versatile everyday adventure bike both at home in traffic, as well as perform flawlessly over rough terrain.
Positioned primarily at new riders, as well as riders looking to get back to motorcycling, the BMW G 310 twins are positioned as premium products, serving as a gateway to the world of BMW Motorrad. Here's a look at what's new, what has changed, and how much the new BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS bikes cost, and what they offer to the Indian motorcyclist.
BMW Motorrad has significantly reduced prices of both the updated BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS models. The BS6 BMW G 310 R roadster is priced at ₹ 2.45 lakh (Ex-showroom), while the BS6 BMW G 310 GS has been priced at ₹ 2.85 lakh (Ex-showroom). The outgoing models were priced at ₹ 2.99 lakh for the BMW G 310 R, and the BMW G 310 GS used to be priced at ₹ 3.49 lakh (Ex-showroom). So, the new BMW G 310 R is around ₹ 54,000 less expensive than the outgoing model, while the BMW G 310 GS is now ₹ 64,000 less expensive than the outgoing BS4 model. Apart from running cleaner to meet the BS6 and Euro 5 emission regulations, the new BMW 310 twins get cosmetic updates, including new colour options, and new features.
Design, Features & Colours
The overall silhouette and dimensions of the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS remain the same as before, but both bikes get some new design elements and features to justify the updated model tag. Both the bikes now feature a full-LED headlight, LED flashing turn indicators and LED brake lights for increased visibility in traffic. The clutch lever and handbrake levers are adjustable now and feature four levels of adjustment.
Both bikes now feature electronically controlled Ride by Wire system which offers better throttle control and improved throttle response. The electromotive throttle controller prevents engine stalling by increasing the idle engine speed automatically, and a sensor on the throttle grip sends commands directly to the ECU to offer better throttle response and revs. The instrument console continues to be a LCD unit, and offers multi-function features, with a large display that offers better clarity and a range of information.
The BMW G 310 R now features a 'Style Sport' color scheme in which special Limestone metallic color combines with red rims and a red frame to create a bold, sporty appearance. The new BMW G 310 GS features an exclusive color scheme with 'Style Rallye'effect. On the G 310 GS, the red frame combines with Kyanite Blue metallic color. The new BMW G 310 GS has another special '40 Years GS' edition colour scheme. It is based on a famous historical model from BMW GS history - the R 100 GS. This edition comes with basic cosmic black color and yellow graphics on tank side panels. In both bikes, the engine housing covers for the alternator, clutch and water pump are finished in new Titanium Grey metallic color. In the BMW G 310 R, this further extends to the footrest plates and rear grab handle.
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Engine and Specifications
There's been no change to the engine and specifications of the BMW G 310 twins, apart from updates to meet the new BS6 regulations. The 313 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-valve engine has the same output as before. The output of the engine remains the same with maximum power of 33.5 bhp at 9,500 rpm and peak torque of 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm. According to BMW Motorrad, the engine is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 143 kmph, with 0 to 50 kmph acceleration claimed at just 2.5 seconds. The 6-speed transmission gets a slipper clutch for precise actuation and smoother downshifts. The G 310 R has a kerb weight of 158.5 kg, while the G 310 GS has a kerb weight of 169.5 kg, which remain unchanged from the BS4 models.
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Ease of Ownership
Over 85 per cent of BMW Motorrad bikes sold in India are the BMW G 310 R and the BMW G 310 GS models, the most affordable entry-level models into the BMW Motorrad family. While the prices have been slightly high for the BS4 models (the justification being that BMW Motorrad is a premium brand), that has changed now with the more affordable price tag on the new models to increase market share. Since the launch of the first BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS in 2018, over 5,000 units have been sold of the two models.
The new BMW G 310 T and BMW G 310 GS are available with attractive finance schemes through BMW India Financial Services with all-inclusive monthly instalments starting at ₹ 4,500 for the G 310 R, and ₹ 5,500 for the G 310 GS. The instalments have been calculated based on a loan under the BMW Bullet Plan, so details on more accurate instalments according to down payment amounts will be available at BMW Motorrad dealerships across India.
Both bikes also come with a standard three-year warranty of unlimited kilometres mileage. The warranty can be extended to the fourth and fifth year for an additional cost of ₹ 16,250, which has been offered at a special price of ₹ 5,499 for the first 500 customers. All these are designed to make the cost of ownership of the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS easier to the consumer.
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Competition and Market Positioning
The primary rival of the BMW G 310 R is the KTM 390 Duke, which is priced at ₹ 2.57 lakh (Ex-showroom), and with the new price of ₹ 2.45 (Ex-showroom) for the BMW G 310 R, it's now more affordable than the KTM 390 Duke. At that price point, the BMW G 310 R also takes on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, which is priced at ₹ 2.67 lakh (Ex-showroom). But also in the competition's list if the TVS Apache RR 310, based on the same platform and with a full-faired design, which is also priced at ₹ 2.45 lakh (Ex-showroom).
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The BMW G 310 GS will face off primarily against the KTM 390 Adventure, which is priced at ₹ 3.04 lakh (Ex-showroom). The KTM 390 Adventure is now actually more expensive than the BMW G 310 GS, priced at ₹ 2.85 lakh (Ex-showroom). But as far as entry-level adventure bikes go, there's also the Royal Enfield Himalayan, priced at ₹ 1.91 lakh (Ex-showroom), and for something more affordable and light, there's also the Hero XPulse 200, priced at just ₹ 1.11 lakh (Ex-showroom).
But what will also matter is actual cost of ownership, including spares and service costs to actually make the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS more affordable in the long run. But either way, with competitive pricing, the BMW 310 twins have a much better shot at gathering more sales volumes with the new BS6 models in the world's largest motorcycle market. And with a BMW badge, they certainly make for more attractive options for those looking for an entry-level ticket into the BMW Motorrad family.