Price check: BMW G 310 R vs BMW G 310 GS vs KTM 390 Duke vs KTM RC 390 vs TVS Apache RR 310 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300
BMW Motorrad India announced that the prices - despite earlier rumours and speculation - will be competitive, Rs 2.99 lakh ex-Delhi for the G 310 R and Rs 3.49 lakh ex-Delhi for the G 310 GS. This places the bike close enough to the KTM 390 Duke and forthcoming KTM 390 Adventure for a direct contest in the market. The KTMs are cheaper and more powerful but the quality and premium perception of the BMW brand - from all of our social media interaction - is considerably higher.The two 310s comefrom the TVS-BMW tie-up that began in 2013. BMW Motorrad leads the development while TVS is responsible for manufacturing. BMW Motorrad controls quality and earlier, Karsten Konductorow of BMW Motorrad had confirmed to OVERDRIVE that the TVS-madebikes come in a single quality spec for the world as well as India. The only changes were those needed to meet local regulations - like saree guards and front number plates. Here's a quick look at the prices of rivals of the BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS in India.
KTM 390 Duke: Rs 2.42 lakh, ex-showroom
The KTM 390 Duke comes with a 373.27cc motor that makes 43.5PS of power at 9,000rpm and generates 37Nm of torque at 7,000rpm - that is 1Nm for than before. Importantly, the KTM 390 Duke also gets ride-by-wire tech that offers a swift throttle response, claims KTM. The KTM 390 Duke also gets a slipper clutch. Additionally, it comes with LED headlights and sharper tank extensions that give the Duke a bigger motorcycle look. More importantly, the tank extensions run forward but not outwards which combines with the new softer seat to produce a more spacious motorcycle. Underneath that sporty design is a 13.4-litre steel tank which should dramatically improve the short highway range of the 390 Duke. The other important highlight is the new TFT instrument cluster which is only offered on the 390 Duke. Read our detailed road test of the KTM 390 Duke here.
KTM RC 390: Rs 2.39 lakh, ex-showroom
The KTM RC 390 saw bigger change last year. This includes a side slung exhaust, bigger 320mm front disc brake, ride-by-wire, adjustable levers, UV resistant paint, wider mirrors, BS4 compliant motor with a 1Nm increase in peak torque and slipper clutch. The motorcycle also sees an increase in weight by around 5kg. Read our detailed feature on the KTM RC 390 review here.
TVS Apache RR 310: Rs2.23 lakh,ex-showroom
The TVS Apache RR 310 uses the same 313cc, liquid and oil-cooled single-cylinder engine as the BMW G 310 R that is mounted inclined towards the rear, a first for any motorcycle in India. Its outputs are identical too, at 34PS and 27.5Nm. The engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. We have ridden the TVS Apache RR 310 at the Madras Motor Race Track and come away impressed. [See:2017 TVS Apache RR 310 first ride review.]. Also, here's a link to our detailed road test feature on the TVS Apache RR 310.
Kawasaki Ninja 300: Rs3.6 lakh,ex-showroom
Kawasaki Motors (IKM) is considering the idea of a locally-sourced, locally-produced Ninja 300 have been swirling. The central proposition is the idea that Kawasaki has a problem in India, with thenew Ninja 400 hitting over Rs 5 lakh in on-road price terms. India Kawasaki, the stories suggest, could solve this problem by locally sourcing many parts and create a cheaper motorcycle that moves from the Thai-sourced CKD assembly route to being locally produced.The price for the locally-made Ninja 300 would fall to something between Rs 3 and Rs 3.5 lakh, which isexpensive versus the single-cylinder KTM RC390but still a substantial Rs 1.1 lakh or more below the Ninja 400
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