BMW Motorrad India has launched the BMW R 18 at the price of INR 18.90 lakh ex-showroom India. Alongside the R 18, BMW has also launched the R 18 ‘First Edition’ priced at INR 21.90 lakh ex-showroom, which gets additional embellishments and features to justify the price. The BMW R 18 is based on the R 18 Concept that was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event, last year and the production version is nearly identical to the concept.
The BMW R 18 draws its inspiration from the 1936 BMW R 5 and comes with a modern-retro design theme with elements from the brand’s 30s and 40s cruisers and comes with large styling proportions with a low slung flowing design. The centrepiece is the large boxer engine finished in raw metal and chrome elements complemented by low slung fishtail exhaust pipes finished in chrome.
In terms of styling, the R 18 features a rounded headlight and integrated daytime running lights with LED technology, tear-drop shaped fuel tank, finished in black with white double pinstripes, chopped-off fenders, a wide single-seat underpinned by a classic double-loop frame.
The BMW R 18 features a conventional front suspension setup on the front covered in a shroud and a cantilevered Softail rear end with a hidden shock absorber. The stopping power comes from dual discs on the front with hydraulically operated brake callipers and a single disc on the rear with a hydraulic calliper.
The BMW R 18 is powered by a 1,802cc air/oil-cooled twin-cylinder horizontal-opposed engine that develops 91 Hp of power and 158 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox. The power sent to the rear wheel via an exposed driveshaft.
The R 18 also features a state-of-the-art electronics package which includes keyless ignition, ride-by-wire throttle, heated handlebar grips, riding modes, traction control, antilock braking system, hill-hold control, drag-torque control, BMW’s Integral ABS technology, Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Electric Reverse which is handy as the R 18 tips the scales at 345 kg.
The BMW R 18 First Edition which commands INR 3 lakh more than the standard features a Blackstorm metallic paint shade, a seat badge with a ‘First Edition’ fastener, a tank emblem with copper letterings, copper screws, cornering lights and extra chrome elements.
The BMW R 18 also comes with loads of customisation options such as seats, side panels, handlebar and exhaust.