BMW has launched it’s pre-war inspired retro motorcycle, the R18. The motorcycle is based on the 1936 BMW R5. The motorcycle was first showcased as a concept last year, and the wait for it to enter production was quite long.
We thought that this motorcycle would lose most of it’s defining looks and characteristics, but it doesn’t seem to have lost any of those.
It is not only a good looker but packs some serious heat, it has a massive 1.8 Litre horizontally opposed, air-cooled, twin-cylinder engine, this is the biggest boxer engine that BMW has ever offered. The performance figures are quite impressive, the engine produces 91 hp of power and 157 Nm of torque. This much power is required to get the massive 345 kg motorcycle to move at a good pace, it can do 0-100 kmph in just 4.8 seconds. The bike also features a large single-disc dry clutch and a six-speed gearbox with a reverse gear option.
BMW has also included a host of electronics to the bike, the R18 has multiple riding modes namely, Rock, Roll, Rain. The Rock mode is the most aggressive one of the bunch and gives access to the bike’s full power and torque. Whereas the Roll mode is comparable to Road mode of other bikes and the Rain mode is pretty self-explanatory.
The BMW R18 is available in two variants- Standard and First Edition. The pricing of the motorcycle is as follows-
Standard- $17,495 (INR 13.23 Lakh)
First Edition- $19,870 (INR 15.02 Lakh)
We are not sure whether the BMW R18 will make it to India, if it does, we will be one of the first ones to hear.