BMW R 1300 GS India launch tomorrow

Gajanan Kashikar Updated: June 13, 2024, 11:02 AM IST

BMW Motorrad India has set the stage for the launch of the new R 1300 GS tomorrow, on 13 June. The successor to the legendary R 1250 GS and RS 1250 GS Adventure will be available in a choice of five trim options: Light White, Triple Black 1, Triple Black 2, GS Trophy, and Option 719. The features, cosmetic elements, and electronics will vary across each trim level.

BMW R 1300 GS: Design

The new design language of the all-new BMW R 1300 GS marks a significant departure from the previous R 1250 GS. The new model is compact and sleek, with a touch of sportiness. Its fascia now features an X-shaped light setup comprising a matrix LED headlamp and daytime running lights. Additionally, it uses a new main frame made from a novel sheet metal material and a new die-cast aluminium sub-frame.

BMW R 1300 GS: Features

BMW has equipped the R 1300 GS with a host of features, including:

- Four ride modes (Road, Rain, Eco, and Enduro)

- ABS Pro

- Traction control

- Hand protectors with indicators

- Dynamic cruise control with brake function

- Phone charging compartment

- USB charging socket

- Seat heating for rider and pillion

- 6.5-inch colour TFT instrument console

- RDC (tyre pressure monitoring)

- MSR (engine drag torque control)

- Heated grips

- Keyless ignition

- Intelligent emergency call function

The Riding Assistant package offers Active Cruise Control (ACC), Front Collision Warning (FCW), and Lane Change Warning (SWW). Like the R 1250 GS, its successor continues to use telelever front forks and a paralever rear mono-shock. Notably, it introduces electronic dynamic suspension adjustment that automatically alters the spring rate depending on the ride mode and riding conditions. Active height adjustment and sports suspension, which provide 20mm more spring travel at both ends, are also available.

BMW R 1300 GS: Engine specs

Powering the R 1300 GS is a 1,300cc, boxer-twin, liquid-cooled engine that delivers 145PS at 7,750rpm and 149Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. It features an increased displacement of 46cc over its predecessor, thanks to its four-valve DOHC configuration and larger valves.

BMW has also enhanced its ShiftCam variable valve timing system for improved efficiency. Additionally, the carmaker has saved 4kg by repositioning the gearbox underneath the engine, shortening the overall length of the powertrain. The reworked shaft drive has further saved 2.6kg. Overall, the R 1300 GS is 12kg lighter than the R 1250 GS, now weighing 237kg.

BMW R 1300 GS: Pricing & competition

The BMW R 1300 GS is expected to command a greater premium than its predecessor, with prices starting between Rs 22-25 lakh. The new BMW R 1300 GS will take on the likes of the Honda Africa Twin, Ducati Multistrada V4, and Harley-Davidson Pan-America, and Triumph Tiger 1200.

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