BMW Motorrad has launched the new R18 in India from Rs 18.9 lakh. Price of standard edition is Rs 18.9 lakhs and that of First Edition is Rs 21.9 lakhs. The BMW Motorrad R18 First Edition gets extra chrome elements, a Blackstorm metallic paint shade, and a seat badge with a 'First Edition' clasp on the chrome cover. It also includes intricate additions like a tank emblem with copper letterings, copper screws, a pair of gloves, as well as a screwdriver to fix the emblem on the tank. Additionally, the First Edition will also feature hill-start assist, heated grips and cornering headlights.
The BMW R18 looks stunning and, in many ways, resembles the 1936 BMW R5 cruiser. Parked side by side, the design inspiration is clearly visible in its round LED headlamp, tear-drop-shaped fuel tank and the swooping rear fender. Period-correct details like the exposed drive shaft, front fork covers and the rear monoshock hidden inside the frame architecture, highlight the meticulous attention to detail.
The new BMW R18 cruiser is powered by a brand new 1,802cc, air and oil-cooler engine and it is the biggest boxer engine that BMW has ever manufactured. It develops 91hp at 4,750rpm, which may not seem as much considering its size, but crucially, it produces 158Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. A fat chunk of that torque, 150Nm to be precise, is available between 2,000-4,000rpm. BMW claims a 0-100kph time of 4.8sec and a top speed limited to 180kph.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via an exposed drive shaft that is inspired from the old BMW cruisers. The BMW R18 is modelled on yesteryears BMW cruisers, however, it is kitted with modern-day electronics. The BMW R18 features three ride modes-Rain, Roll and Rock; a fun take on the usual Rain, Road and Sport.
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