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BS6 BMW G310 R, G310 GS prices to be cut by Rs 75k ?

Sales of the entry-level BMW Motorrad products were not doing well due to tough competition

The Indian automotive industry is going through a challenge like never before due to COVID-19 lockdown. Brands are collectively losing thousand plus crores daily as a result of plant closures. Certain brands are working with limited resources while many dealerships are struggling to remain in business. All around the world, COVID-19 has spread its impact beyond the health of mankind and brought many businesses to a standstill.

COVID-19 lockdown protocol was implemented at the same time when dealerships were desperately clearing their leftover BS4 stock ahead of 1 April 2020. This deadline has been extended on a conditional basis. Prior to this, BS4 two-wheelers were being offered at substantial discounts, depending on the dealership. In fact, BMW Motorrad’s dealership in Kerala was offering discounts up to Rs 96,500 (plus a free helmet or jacket) for the G 310 R and G 310 GS.

Reports state that BMW Motorrad India could introduce a massive price cut of Rs 75,000 for its entry-level products, in their upcoming BS6 format. In other words, the 2020MY BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS could come at an ex-showroom price of Rs 2.40 lakh and Rs 2.90 lakh, respectively. This is quite a compelling price tag since their direct rivals from KTM India are priced at Rs 2.52 lakh and 2.99 lakh, respectively.

BS6 BMW G310 R
BS6 BMW G310 R

Either motorcycle is manufactured at TVS Motor Company’s manufacturing facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. The flagship TVS Apache RR 310 (now in BS6 avatar) shares its platform with the single-cylinder BMW Motorrad offerings. In other words, the new RR310’s engine could be the very same unit that powers the upcoming BS6 G 310 R and G 310 GS.

In the 2020MY TVS Apache RR 310, the 312.2cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor produces 33.5bhp @ 9,700rpm and 27.3Nm @ 7,700rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission via a slipper clutch. In their current BS4 format, the BMW G 310 siblings pack slightly better output at 33.6bhp @ 9,500rpm and 28Nm @ 7,500rpm. The transmission is the same unit as in the Apache RR 310 but lacks a slipper clutch.

The BMW G 310 R may not be an outright performer like the KTM 390 Duke but is definitely a good package if the new prices come into effect. On the other hand, KTM’s 390 Adventure dual-sport motorcycle has casually killed the competition with its impressive performance and the long list of equipment. If the G 310 GS continues to be offered at its original price tag of Rs 3.49 lakh, we do not see any logic in buying it over the 390 Adventure.

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