The TVS-BMW alliance has started importing spares of the jointly developed motorcycle in the country, while the launch is expected in the second of 2015.
A year after the TVS-BMW collaboration was first announced, the partnership will soon start reaping fruits with the newly developed 300cc motorcycle for the Indian as well as global markets. As we wait to get our hands on what would be a dynamic yet affordable offering from the partnership; new details on the upcoming bike has hit the interweb keeping us excited. Recent reports state that TVS-BMW’s jointly developed motorcycle has been codenamed ‘K03’ and the manufacturer has also imported two new prototypes into the country along with chassis and prototype exhaust systems.
Imported from Italy, the prototypes will be used for R&D purposes with TVS engineers commencing work and will soon be seen testing across the country. While details are scarce on the upcoming model, we do know that the motorcycle will be in the 300cc category which is one of the hotly contested entry-level performance segments. Furthermore, it is speculated that there will be at least 3 variants based on the new platform that will be on offer which include a sports bike, street-fighter and also an adventure tourer. Thus BMW Motorrad is following a similar strategy as arch rival KTM who has taken Bajaj Auto’s help to exploit the benefits of platform engineering.
The upcoming series of motorcycles hold a lot of significance for both TVS and BMW with the brands expanding their presence in uncharted territories. While TVS will be moving up the ladder from its commuter range of offerings, BMW will be moving down the ladder in the more affordable space retaining the performance pedigree seen on its high performance range. If the development is on schedule, the models could hit the market by the end of next year. Expect the upcoming motorcycles to make their world debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in October next year.