A new addition to BMW's G 310 lineup may soon arrrive. Currently, the G 310 is offered in R (naked street) and GS (adventure) forms. It may soon arrive in a fully-faired version to complete the lineup.
Through a strategic collaboration with BMW Motorrad which started in 2013, TVS Motor Company developed BMW's first, modern sub-500cc motorcycle. This became the G 310 R that we now see in showrooms. They also developed a dual-sport version, which we now know as the G 310 GS, offered since 2018.
Though this is just speculation, the G 310 may finally have a fully-faired version called the G 310 RR. TVS is selling its own sportbike based on the G310 R, using the same 313cc backward-tilted engine, chassis, and some other common components. Called the Apache RR 310, it has a claimed top speed of 160 kilometers per hour. It is TVS' first sportbike and is practically a G 310 R with fairings.
BMW has already hinted at a G310 RR in the past. A concept model was already displayed at the 2018 BMW Motorrad days. Though there has been no update since then.
The new BMW variant was hinted at by TVS' CEO K.N. Radhakrishnan during an interview with financial publication, Money Control.
“With respect to BMW, I think they are extremely happy. The two products are doing extremely well. We have launched our one version [the Apache RR 310] on that platform, the new one with BS-VI engine was recently launched. And we, possibly next year, will have one more variant of that from TVS Motor Company.”
With some light modifications; inspiration from BMW's flagship sportbike, the S 1000 RR; and the right kind of livery; it's very easy to make a small BMW RR.
Let's just hope that if the G 310 RR sportbike gets greenlit, BMW Philippines will be able to price it competitively enough to attract more motorcycle riders. Or, better yet, bore it up to 400cc so that it can legally enter the expressways.