BMW G 310 exports have beaten KTM 390 exports in the month of October 2019. Last month, KTM India exported 905 units of its 390 range (Duke and RC), but sold 361 units in the Indian market. On the other hand, the BMW G 310 range (R and GS) hit an appreciable 1,419 export units; way more than their domestic sales.
Almost on all occasions, domestic sales are more for the KTM 390 range. The primary reason for this is the relatively higher pricing of the BMW Motorrad products. The BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS are priced at Rs 2.99 lakh and 3.49 lakh, respectively. On the contrary, the KTM 390 Duke and RC 390 are priced at Rs 2.48 lakh and 2.43 lakh each. All prices ex-sh.
To make matters interesting, the KTM range showcases a stellar value for money in terms of performance, while the G 310 range can only boast about the unmatchable ‘BMW Motorrad quality’. This logically explains why the Austrian brand has taken over the domestic market. However, export markets are quite different.
The BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS are assembled in TVS’s Hosur facility. The G 310 range is powered by a 313cc liquid-cooled engine that makes 33.6bhp and 28Nm of torque. This is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The TVS Apache RR310 employs the same platform as the premium single-cylinder BMW Motorrad products.
On the Apache RR310, the output figures are nearly the same, but there’s a noticeable change in power delivery. After all, it makes sense since the G 310 R, G 310 GS and Apache 310 R compete in different segments on the market.
Like the BMW G 310 range and the Apache RR310, the KTM 390 range shares its engine with the Bajaj Dominar 400. KTM products are assembled in Bajaj Auto’s Chakan facility in Pune. The KTM 390 Duke and RC 390 employs a 373.2cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that makes 43bhp and 37Nm of torque.
On the other hand, the Dominar 400 produces 39bhp and 35Nm. Bajaj has tuned the power plant to suit the motorcycle’s sports touring or “hyper riding” character. The Bajaj Dominar recently went through a mid-life update. Prior to that, it produced 4bhp less and was short on some equipment such as inverted front forks and dual-tip exhausts.
KTM India is gearing up for the launch of the all-new 390 Adventure which directly competes with the BMW G 310 GS. However, it is expected that KTM’s adventure motorcycle will be more desirable and well-rounded compared to that of BMW Motorrad’s. The 390 Adventure, being a highly anticipated product globally, will surely make a positive impact on KTM India’s exports chart.