BMW celebrates 100 years of making bikes

Considering how valuable its cars are, it’s easy to overlook the fact that BMW is a pioneer when it comes to motorcycles. In fact, the German company has been churning out two-wheelers for a century now, and to celebrate, it recently introduced the R 18 and R Nine T 100 Year Editions. The two limited run special edition bikes have now been launched in India at ₹25.90 lakh and ₹24 lakh (ex-showroom, India) respectively.

At the above prices, the 100 editions of both the motorcycles are ₹5 to 6 lakh more expensive than their respective base versions — the standard R 18 is priced at ₹19.90 lakh, while the base R NineT is priced at ₹19 lakh. . This is because the special editions come with a number of optional extras, including parts from the Option 719 catalogue. Chrome is extensively used on both machines as it was an aesthetic element of the motorcycle industry when BMW first started making bikes in the 1920s.

On the R NineT, chrome parts like the fork tubes, air intake and option 719 classic black anodized rims are paired with black components. The milled cylinder head cover, front engine cover, seat holder and oil filler plug option are from the 719 Bullet Pack Shadow Collection, while the adjustable hand lever, pegs, expansion tank cover and bar end mirrors are from the Bullet Pack Shadow II Collection. . Also standard are adaptive cornering headlights, heated grips, cruise control, and Riding Modes Pro.

The R 18 100 Years Edition is similarly chrome and black, and one of its more distinctive elements is two-tone black and oxblood red, embossed with a diamond pattern. It also comes with a chrome Akrapovic exhaust system with a perforated tailpipe cover similar to the BMW logo.

Both special editions are limited to just 1,923 units globally (to mark the year BMW began building motorcycles).

BMW will soon bring the second generation M2 to India.

BMW is gearing up to introduce the second-gen M2 (G87) in India, with pricing to be announced in May. Bookings for the new BMW M2 may also start soon.

As for dimensions, the new M2 is 219mm shorter than the M4 — at 4,575mm bumper to bumper — but 114mm longer than the previous-generation M2. The new BMW M2 gets an aggressive body kit, featuring a stylish and functional rear spoiler, a low-slung GT-style rear diffuser, quad-exit exhaust and a unique front end with frameless horizontal kidney grilles and wide-set headlights. Is. On the inside, the new BMW M2 gets a curved display for infotainment and instruments with M-specific graphics.

As for structural upgrades, it gets unique stiffness braces for the front struts and a bespoke aluminum subframe, stronger C-pillars and track-focused, M-specific adaptive suspension and steering calibrations. Stopping power, meanwhile, is provided by large 380mm front and 370mm rear discs, gripped by six- and single-piston calipers respectively, and painted blue as standard.

The second-gen BMW M2 will come to India as a “standard” M2 and won’t get the fierce competition variant, which was the only variant available here on the previous-gen car. The new BMW M2 competition based on the second generation car is yet to be revealed globally. The latest-generation BMW M2 headed here is being built in Mexico, and will be sold as a full import in our market. It is the final pure combustion model of BMW’s M division as all BMW M cars and SUVs coming out after the M2 will get an electrified powertrain.

The M2 BMW R6 comes with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine good for 460hp and 550Nm of torque. An 8-speed Steptronic transmission will be available as standard, with a 6-speed manual transmission available as an option, even for buyers in India.

Five exterior paint shade options will be available on the M2 in India, including Alpine White, Brooklyn Grey, Black Sapphire, Toronto Red and Zandort Blue. For the interiors, customers will be able to choose between black or cognac shades, while BMW Sport seats will be standard with aluminum highlights on the dashboard.

Standard equipment on the India-bound BMW M2 includes a comfort access system, power seats with memory function, M seat belts, adaptive LED headlamps with high beam assist, Harman Kardon sound system, BMW Connected package, wireless charging, M will include shadow line trim. Expanded material and staggered silver finish M Light 19-inch alloy wheels (930M) at the front and 20-inch at the rear.

Optional equipment includes remote engine start, adaptive cruise control, BMW Driving Assistant, M carbon roof, M compound brakes with red high-gloss finish, all-black alloy wheels, M branded puddle lamps, M carbon fiber bucket seats, full leather upholstery. Merino upholstery included. and M carbon fiber trim on the interior. BMW will also offer these options as dedicated packages — the M Sport Pro package or the M Driver’s package.

As mentioned above, the new BMW M2 will go on sale in India sometime in May this year, and bookings are expected to start soon. The M2 is expected to be priced around Rs 1 crore (ex-showroom).

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