BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke

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BMW Motorrad is preparing to launch the G 310 R in India early next year. The bike will be locally produced and will become their cheapest offering in the country. One of its direct rivals will be the KTM Duke 390, which is quite a popular bike in its segment. Like the KTM, the upcoming BMW bike should be cost effective considering it will be manufactured locally at TVS’ Hosur facility. Read our BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke story here to find out how these two motorcycles compare with each other

BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke

Also See –  2017 KTM Duke 390

BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke Comparison of Price

BMW G 310R Estimated Price 2017 KTM 390 Duke Ex-Showroom Delhi Price
Rs. 2.5 lakhs Rs. 2.26 lakh

Even though the BMW G 310R will be made in India, it is unlikely to be cheaper than the Duke 390. According to our estimates, BMW’s entry level bike will cost about Rs. 2.5 lakh ex-showroom. The KTM, available in only one variant, costs Rs. 2.26 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Although the launch of the 2017 model Duke 390 has led to a price increase, we doubt BMW will price the G310R under 2.3 lakhs. The only thing working in BMW’s favour here will be the brand image.

BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke Comparison of Specifications

  BMW G 310R KTM 390 Duke
Engine Displacement 313 cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, water-cooled 373 cc, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injected, Liquid Cooled
Power 34 PS @ 9,500 rpm 43.5 PS @ 9,000 rpm
Torque 28 Nm @ 7,500 rpm 37 Nm @ 7,000 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-speed
Mileage 35 kpl (est.) 25 kmpl
Top Speed  143 kmph 165 kmph (est)
0-60 km/h 3.0 seconds (est.) 2.60 seconds (est)
Brakes Front – 300 mm Disc

Rear – 240 mm Disc

Front – 320 mm Disc

Rear – 230 mm Disc

ABS Yes Yes
Suspension Front – Inverted Telescopic Forks

Rear – Monoshock

Front – Inverted Telescopic Forks

Rear – Monoshock

In terms of specifications, the KTM 390 Duke holds a significant advantage over the BMW G 310R. KTM’s engine is bigger in terms of displacement and boasts higher power and torque figures. It will also be faster than the BMW to the 60 km/h mark. Both bikes feature front and rear disc brakes and a similar suspension setup. The G 310R’s mileage could be marginally better than the Duke’s.

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BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke Mileage Comparison

BMW G 310R KTM 390 Duke
Mileage 35 kpl (est.) 25 kmpl (est)

Our guess is that the BMW will be more fuel efficient than the KTM thanks to a smaller engine and less power and torque. However, that is just an estimate.

BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke Dimensions

Here’s a comparison of the dimensions of the BMW G 310 R and KTM 390 Duke.

  BMW G 310 R KTM 390 Duke
Length 2005 mm 2145 mm
Width 820 mm 760 mm
Seat Height 785 mm 830 mm

BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke – Design & Features

When it comes to styling, the two bikes get a distinctive look giving each of them an identity of their own. However, in terms of pure eyeball grabbing ability, we doubt the BMW will be able to match the KTM. Duke 390 gets KTM’s signature edgy styling with flashy colours, which makes its stand out from the crowd. The BMW, on the other hand, is not that aggressive, but looks sufficiently pretty nonetheless.

BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke 2017 KTM Duke 390 India side

The new 2017 KTM Duke 390 looks even more aggressive. Both bikes feature black alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, pilot lamp, digital speedo and more. KTM offers the Duke 390 in only two colours – black and white. Expect BMW to offer 3-4 colour option for the G 310R.

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Pearl White Metallic

BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke – Verdict

  • Design – Looks are a matter of personal taste, but the KTM Duke 390 is the more striking looking bike of the two.
  • Specifications – In terms of specifications, the KTM edges ahead thanks to better power and torque figures and better acceleration as well.
  • Price – We’re not expecting BMW G 310R to undercut the KTM Duke 390’s price. In fact, it will, in all probability, be more expensive at around INR 2.5 lakhs.

BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke

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