The BS6 BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS are expected to launch in September very soon with BMW officially opening bookings for Rs 50,000. The BS6 motorcycles will come with revised styling and hopefully, an improved engine.
We have already seen BMW testing the BS6 iterations of the G 310 R and the G 310 GS in India and now, their launch is just around the corner. BMW has now officially started taking bookings for the BS6 G 310 R and the G 310 GS. The booking amount for both the motorcycles have been pegged at Rs 50,000 and the deliveries are expected to commence from October. We expect BMW to launch the BS6 G 310 R and the G 310 GS sometime in September.
From spy images seen earlier, we already knew that the BS6 iterations of the G 310 R and G 310 GS will be getting new LED headlamps and that’s a welcome change, really. The previous halogen units were not the brightest and moreover, anything without LEDs these days look drastically old. So it also helps the look of the motorcycle. The styling of the tank shrouds could also be slightly changed and new colors and graphics on the motorcycle could also be on offer.
But what we are more interested to find is whether BMW has fixed the refinement issues of the BS4-spec G 310s that really pulled the motorcycles back. These are otherwise very friendly machines with good performance but were really let down by the vibrations from the engine and their harshness. The other motorcycle that uses this engine – the TVS Apache RR 310 – was completely revamped when it saw its BS6 update and came with significant improvements.
With its BS6 update, the Apache RR 310 even got ride-by-wire, riding modes, new engine internals and better engine mounts too. The harshness at the top-end do not feel as troublesome as before either and the vibrations are much lesser too. We hope BMW has taken note of these changes introduced by TVS on the Apache RR 310 and we hope the same are implemented on the G 310 Twins as well. In the Apache RR 310 BS6, this liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor churns out 34PS and 27.3Nm. As has been hinted by these new teaser images, improved refinement surely seems to be part of the package.
What also is expected to change with the BS6 iterations of the BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS is their pricing. You see, BMW Motarrad was not quite able to make a mark with their most affordable bikes in India because they were still priced at a premium. The last BS4 stocks of the G 310s were sold for heavy discounts, so BMW will be looking at significantly cutting the prices of both the bikes. The BS4 spec G 310 R was priced at Rs 2.99 lakh while the GS was priced at 3.49 lakh. Its rivals – the Honda CB300R, the KTM Duke 390 and Apache RR 310 are a little more affordable – and have done reasonably well indeed. Let’s hope they come at a killer price and become irresistible for being the most affordable BMW Motarrads in the country.