BMW R18 Retro Cruiser India launch on September
BMW R18 retro cruiser motorcycle will be available in two variants: Standard and First Edition, when it will be launched this September. BMW Motorrad India had already started taking bookings for the motorcycle from April 2020 for Rs 1lakh, when it finally made its way to India.
- India launch on September 2020.
- Powered by a 1,802 cc boxer engine.
- Will be available in two variants: Standard and First Edition.
R18 is BMW’s take on the retro cruiser segment and there’s a lot to talk about it, based on the original R5 motorcycle its a much bigger and better motorcycle now and takes on the like of Harleys and Indians. The main feature on R18 is the massive 1.8 liter, 1,802cc, air and oil-cooled boxer engine that powers this art on two-wheels. This engine is the largest boxer engine (which means horizontally-opposed pistons) ever built by BMW Motorrad, and like the original R5 motorcycle its a push-rod motor to give the bike an old school charm but also has modern tech like Fi’s. The engine produces 91hp at 4,750rpm and 158Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. Another mechanical aspect that makes this motorcycle unique is the use of an exposed drive shaft like the old BMW motorcycles maintaining the heritage.
The R18 along with retro look also packs modern technology, has three riding modes – Rain, Roll and Rock, that’s BMW’s take on Rain, Road and Sport. Also features switchable automatic stability control (ASC) and engine drag torque control or MSR. That prevents rear-wheel slip under hard acceleration or aggressive downshifts. BMW also offers a reverse gear driven by an electric motor. This is probably the handiest feature since the R18 weighs a solid 345kg.
BMW R18 Customisation
With the R18 BMW Motorrad is giving out a wide range of customisation options to make the motorcycle’s design suit an individual’s taste. Elements like custom-made seats, exhausts, side panels, and handlebars, giving you the opportunity to transform this motorcycle as per your liking. There’s option to get larger 21-inch front wheel, along with optional alloy wheels that can be swapped with the standard wire-spoke wheels. Most of these options are expected to be available in India as well. Also with every bit of add-ons, it will surely hit your pockets hard, but who cares if you can afford this Rolling Art.
BMW R18 Variants and their differences
Like mentioned before, R18 will be offered in two variants: Standard and First Edition. The former with its name suggests that it will be offered with fairly basic features. While the First Edition is more premium and gets extra chrome elements, a Blackstorm metallic paint shade, and a seat badge with a ‘First Edition’ clasp on the chrome cover, and pinstriping on the tank to resemble the Old-School BMW motorcycles. Also includes some more additions like a tank emblem with copper letterings, copper screws, a pair of gloves, as well as a screwdriver to fix the emblem on the tank. Additionally, the First Edition will also feature hill-start assist, heated grips and cornering headlights.
BMW Motorrad may price it more aggressively as know from some sources, prices for the R18 should be in the range of Rs15 lakh to Rs 20lakh Ex-showroom but we have to wait till its launch to know its price. Also it may be out for a limited run to make it more exclusive like the AMB 001 hyperbike.
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