BMW take on the world with their new, Indian-built G 310 R

This is the first BMW Roadster with an engine under 500cc

Revealed today, the BMW G 310 R is the Bavarian company’s purpose-built attempt at taking a chunk out of the smaller capacity market currently dominated by the Japanese manufacturers. This is their grab at global market share.

It’s a 313cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled machine, that BMW proudly state can run on a diverse range of fuel qualities and meets all emission standards and requirements. It’s been specifically designed with the world market at the forefront of the specification sheet.

According to BMW, the most striking feature of their new baby is the engine, which is a ‘backward-tilted cylinder in an open-deck design with the cylinder head turned by 180 degrees, making it possible to position the intake tract at the front, viewed in the direction of travel.’ We can’t possibly comment on that and trust the engineers at BMW to have done the best that they could, but we can say with confidence that as customers we welcome the news that ABS is fitted as standard.

This is big news for BMW – perhaps even bigger in the grander scheme of things than today’s earlier news of the all-electric eRR – as we’ve already said, it’s their first machine specifically built to tackle the world market and also their first foray into partnership with TVS from India. This may have been designed in Munich, but this will be an Indian built machine.

Let battle between this, the KTM Duke 390, the new Kawasaki Z300 and the Honda CB300F commence.



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