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India-spec BMW G310R debuts in Bangkok – Here are the changes

To be launched in India later this year, the motorcycle will initially focus on European markets.

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The BMW G310R’s launch in India has been delayed. Earlier, BMW Motorrad had confirmed that the launch will take place by March 2017. But that is not happening. Instead of launching the G310R, BMW Motorrad will open India innings by launching their big bikes next month.

Speaking about the India-spec G310R, it has now been showcased at the 2017 Bangkok Motor Show, which is currently underway. Seen in dual tone Black and White colour, the new G310R is the most affordable BMW motorcycle ever. It is manufactured by TVS Motors in India.

Compared to the Europe-spec G310R, which debuted last year, the India-spec variant comes with longer side indicators, new tail light, handle bar grip is new, exhaust cover at the end gets more steel finish. Even the ECU mapping is different.

The most affordable Bimmer has entered production at a new assembly line within TVS Motor Co’s Hosur premises. Initially, it will be exported to markets in Europe. The company is looking to have adequate inventory before opening bookings in the local market.

The street fighter is expected to receive huge orders in the domestic market and the German giant apparently prefers to delay the launch until it is able to commence deliveries seamlessly rather than opening the order books earlier and let the waiting period escalate to several months. Deliveries in Europe are expected to commence any time now.

The BMW G 310 R is priced lower than the made-in-India KTM Duke 390 in Europe. If the brand could manage a similar positioning in India, it would garner immense response from the market. The motorcycle targets brand-conscious urban motorcycle enthusiasts.

As per the cooperation agreement with TVS, the platform will also spawn a TVS derivative which was previewed by the Akula 310 concept at the Auto Expo.