Made in India: the BMW G 310 R
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Posted by: Wes Fleming
As part of its commitment to reach 200,000 unit sales by 2020, BMW Motorrad announced its first roadster under 500cc, the G 310 R.
A press release issued on 11 November gives the following description of the G 310 R.
One cylinder, low weight, powerful dynamic performance – the BMW G 310 R embodies the pure essence of a BMW roadster: it has neither too little nor too much of anything. Pragmatic in the best sense of the word, it offers precisely what is needed – for dynamic performance and comfort, both in town and out in the country. The BMW G 310 R takes these essential qualities into a capacity segment that is new to BMW Motorrad. As a genuine BMW roadster it masters a range of disciplines: it is just as happy winding its way nimbly and flexibly through the narrow streets of a city as it is travelling supremely and powerfully along country roads. And thanks to its exceptionally low level of fuel consumption and a relaxed, comfortable seating position, it offers the welcome capability of being able to cover a long distance at a time.
Newly conceived from scratch, the G 310 R represents everything BMW Motorrad stands for: innovation, quality and of course many years of carefree partnership with its owner. Designed specifically for the world market, the BMW G 310 R can run on the most diverse fuel qualities, meets all emission standards and local requirements – and takes the typical BMW premium aspiration to the segment under 500 cc.
The powerfully expressive design of the BMW G 310 R instantly reveals its agile, dynamic character, making a clear statement within its own segment. It has an unmistakeable visual kinship with athletic family members such as the BMW S 1000 R. The small headlamp mask with striking headlamp, dynamically modelled fuel tank trim elements and characteristic roadster proportions with a striking front section and dynamic rear give the BMW G 310 R a mature presence on the road. Precisely modelled surfaces define the dynamic side view. The compact, dynamic proportions and the short wheelbase promise fast changes of direction, while the high rear conveys a lightness that is suggestive of the bike's sporty genes. In spite of the clearly visible naked bike character of the BMW G 310 R, the side surfaces in body colour create a closed silhouette in athletic style. High-end details such as a standard upside-down fork, quality materials, supplementary fittings and excellent workmanship all reflect the finest within the segment, clearly underscoring the premium aspiration of the BMW G 310 R.
Specs on the G 310 R:
- 313 cc, 4-valve liquid-cooled single cylinder engine, bore/stroke is 80/52 mm
- 34 horsepower at 9,500 rpm (max 10,500 rpm)
- 28 Nm torque (~21 ft-lbs) at 7,500 rpm
- compression ratio 10.6:1 (requires 95 RON fuel)
- alternator output 330W
- wheelbase 1374 mm (54 inches)
- total length 1988 mm (78 inches)
- total width (incl mirrors) 896 mm (35 inches)
- suspension travel 140 mm front, 131 mm rear (5.5/5.1 inches)
- seat height 785mm (31 inches) (low seat available - 760mm/30 in; comfort (tall) seat - 815mm/32 in)
- wet weight 158.5 kg (348 lbs)
- total load weight 345 kg (760.5 lbs)
- tire sizes 11/70R17 (front), 150/60R17 (rear)
- fuel tank capacity 11 liters (2.9 gal)
- claimed fuel consumption 70 mpg
- top speed 145 km/h (90 mph)
- BMS-E2 engine control w/3-way closed-loop catalytic converter
- 6-speed transmission w/multi-plate wet clutch
- O-ring chain final drive
- tubular steel frame (grid structure) w/bolt-on rear subframe
- 41mm USD telescopic fork
- BMW Motorrad ABS, single disc front brake
- engine is tilted back w/head rotated 180 degrees, putting the intake in front
- Nikasil cylinder lining, diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated engine components (technology from S 1000 RR)
- dual overhead camshafts (DOHC)
- single counterbalance shaft
- adheres to EU4 emissions standard
- 5-spoke die-cast aluminum alloy wheels
- steel-wrapped brake lines
- liquid-crystal display (LCD) dash; info provided: engine speed (rpm), road speed (kmh/mph), gear, total km/mi (odometer), engine temp, fuel level, remaining range, average fuel consumption, average speed, time
- Cosmic black/Polar white non-metallic
- Strato blue metallic
- Pearl white metallic
The new BMW G 310 R is produced in Bangalore, India by the cooperation partner TVS Motor Company, India's third largest motorcycle manufacturer with a production volume of ~2.5 million vehicles per year. The company has been committed to sustainability for many years and attaches great importance to adhering to defined social and environmental standards which go far beyond what is common practice in India.
TVS Motor Company is the flagship of the TVS Group, which is made up of more than 90 companies in total. These include numerous firms that enjoy an excellent reputation in the automotive sector as suppliers for well-known car makers. Many of these suppliers from within the TVS Group provide the components for the G 310 R.
TVS Motor Company's quality management system has been based on
Japanese role models for many years. For the G 310 R, this system was extended to include the requirements and standards specific to
BMW Motorrad, and within the area of quality management there are
interdisciplinary teams from both companies working in close collaboration. A dedicated production area has been set aside in the factory for production of the G 310 R. Mechanical production of the engine components is carried out on new, high-quality machine tools made by leading German manufacturers. BMW Motorrad was closely involved in an advisory capacity here and production is set up based on the model of the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau. The engine assembly line is completely new and fitted with cutting-edge automation and testing technology for every stage of the process. All the relevant work stages are monitored and automatically recorded with regard to size accuracy, tolerances and bolt-fitting values.
Assembly is carried out in a completely sealed, glazed area which can only be accessed via air locks so as to prevent any dirt from entering. At the end of the engine assembly line, each engine is put through a test bench run where all relevant parameters are measured including output.
Vehicle assembly is also carried out in a dedicated section of the factory reserved exclusively for BMW Motorrad. Here again, state-of-the-art assembly technology is deployed. The final inspection is performed according to BMW Motorrad standards and includes electronic functional testing as well as a final run on the roller test bench for every motorcycle. The roller test bench is also completely new and set up according to Berlin standards.
Furthermore, staff were specially selected and trained by TVS for production and assembly. Additional training programs were held for assembly workers together with colleagues from the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau over a period of more than a year prior to the start of serial production. From the very first motorcycle to come off the production line in India, they have also contributed to the high assembly standards and heightened quality awareness. All in all, production of the new BMW G 310 R is subject to the same quality criteria that apply to production at the BMW Motorrad plant in