BMW Motorrad R18 Launched in India at Rs 18.9 lakh
BMW Motorrad R18 finally goes on sale India and starts at a price of Rs 18.9 Lakh.
- Powered by a 1802cc Boxer engine.
- Gets two variants: Standard and First Edition
- Gets riding modes: Rock, Roll and Rain.
The new BMW R18 is a cruiser from BMW Motorrad and will go against the likes of Harley and Indian Cruisers. Gets two variants namely Standard and First Edition. Both variants will get customisation options but the First Edition will have more premium add-ons from the factory. The introductory price for the Standard Version of BMW R18 is Rs 18.9 lakh, while the First Edition will cost Rs 21.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). To know in details what this retro cruiser offers click here.
What Does the First Edition R18 offers?
While the Standard variant gets basic features the BMW Motorrad R18 First Edition gets extra chrome elements, a premium metallic paint, and a seat badge with a ‘First Edition’ written and also features pinstriping on the tank to resemble the Old-School BMW motorcycles that it takes inspiration from and also to make it more premium. Also gets some cooler premium features like copper letterings on the emblem and tools to fix it. Features more electronics like heated grip, hill assist and cornering headlights.
The BMW R18 is gorgeous and looks like no other. It resembles the old schools 1936 BMW R5 motorcycle. The design cues are visible with round LED headlight, beautiful tear-drop fuel tank and the swooping rear fender design. Details like the exposed drive shaft, front fork covers and the rear mono-shock which in hidden in the frame makes it gorgeous and shows the attention to details of this retro cruiser.
BMW R18 retro cruiser is powered by a new 1,802cc, air and oil-cooled boxer engine and it is the biggest boxer engine that BMW Motorrad has ever built.
Produces 91HP at 4,750rpm, which doest does not look much considering its sheer size, but it is a torque monster that produces 158NM of torque at 3,000rpm. Most of the usable amount of torque 150Nm to be precise is available between 2,000-4,000rpm. BMW claims a 0-100kmph time of 4.8sec and a limited top speed of 180kmph.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via an exposed drive shaft that gives it an old school feel.
Does it pack any Modern Technology?
Though the BMW R18 features a retro look it packs clever electronics for a better ride. Provided with three ride modes- Rain, Roll and Rock a fun way to spell Rain, Road and Sport.
Additionally, it also gets automatic stability control (ASC) which is switchable and engine drag torque control system. This prevents the cruiser from rear-wheel slip under aggressive-acceleration or downshifts. BMW also offers a reverse gear driven by an electric motor in this motorcycle. This is probably the handiest feature since the R18 weighs a solid 345kg and is a Behemoth.
Brakes and Suspension
The motorcycle gets chunky 49mm telescopic fork at the front (120mm travel) and cantilever type strut at the rear (90mm travel) which has been mounted directly to the frame and swingarm. The rear suspension also features functions like travel-dependent damping and spring preload adjustment that allows the rider to set up the bike depending on their weight.
In the braking front, R18 gets twin 300mm discs at the front with 4 piston calipers and a single 300mm disc at the rear. It also features BMW’s Integral ABS technology which is kind of a combined braking system and squeezing the handlebar brake lever applies both the front and rear brakes.
With the R18 cruiser BMW Motorrad is giving out a wide range of customisation options. This will make the motorcycle’s design suit an individual’s taste. Elements like seats, exhausts, side panels, and handlebars can be custom fitted as per your taste. You can choose from Bobber-style floating seat, get a side-mounted number plate holder, and also fit different types of handlebars to convert the R18 looks from a cruiser to a Bobber, Bagger or even an Ape-hanger. BMW says that replacing these parts will be made easy by use of plug-and-play type clutch and brake lines, along with the handlebar wiring. There’s also the option to get large 21-inch front wheel, along with optional alloy wheels that can be replaced with the standard wire-spoke wheels.
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