BMW R18 cruiser launched in India at Rs. 19 lakh
BMW Motorrad has finally launched its much-anticipated cruiser motorcycle, the R18, in India. It is offered in two variants: Standard and First Edition. As for the highlights, the bike sports a design inspired by the BMW R5 of 1930s, and is powered by a BS6-compliant 1,802cc boxer-twin engine. The two-wheeler costs upwards of Rs. 18.90 lakh. Here's our roundup.
The BMW R18 sits on a double-cradle steel frame and offers an old-school cruiser design inspired by the R5. It features a similar-looking fuel tank, exposed shaft-drive, and a swingarm. The retro look of the bike is accentuated by a rounded headlight, wide handlebars, spoked wheels, and a chrome-covered exhaust pipe. It packs an analog instrument console and an all-LED setup for lighting.
As mentioned earlier, BMW R18 is available in two variants- Standard and a First Edition variant. While the former is a blacked-out model, the latter sports chrome elements, an exclusive Blackstorm metallic paint job, white pinstripes, copper-lettered tank emblem, and a seat badge with a 'First Edition' clasp. It also gets heated grips, a hill-start assist feature, and cornering headlights, among others.
The BMW R18 cruiser motorcycle is powered by a BS6-compliant 1,802cc boxer-twin, air-cooled and oil-cooled engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, a shaft drive, and a reverse gear (optional). The mill makes 89.75hp at 4,750rpm and a peak torque of 158Nm at 3,000rpm.
To ensure the rider's safety, the BMW R18 comes equipped with disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels along with dual-channel ABS, traction control, stability control, and hill-hold assist. It also gets three riding modes: Rain, Rock, and Roll. Meanwhile, suspension duties on the motorbike are handled by telescopic forks on the front side and a mono-shock unit on the rear end.
The BMW R18 is being brought to India as a completely built-up unit (CBU). As for the pocket-pinch, the standard model of the bike costs Rs. 18.90 lakh, while the First Edition variant sports a price-tag of Rs. 21.90 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).