BMW Motorrad is bringing in their on-off road-styled F650GS to India this May with an introductory price of Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom.
The price is expected to go up to Rs 12 lakh after three months. The engine is a fuel-injected 800cc parallel twin which has a power output of 72PS and peak torque of 75Nm - figures comparable to the Kawasaki Ninja 650R.
A 6-speed gearbox handles the transmission duties. The F650 name is familiar to us thanks to the eponymous Funduro that BMW launched here ages ago in association with Hero, though its price tag was well ahead of its time.
BMW motorcycles have come to India with Navnit Motors as their exclusive dealer and have been so far, selling a range of motorcycles including the two icons of the brand, the S1000RR sportsbike and the original giant transcontinenal off-roader, the R1200GS.
The achilles heel has been pricing - both the icons cost nearly Rs 20 lakh. BMW will see increased sales from this vastly more affordable motorcycle although the pricing when compared to its displacement peers remains on the high side. BMW is currently the sole Indian CBU motorcycle outfit without direct Indian representation. BMW currently has dealers in Mumbai and Bangalore.