Ever since BMW made its virtual launch for the R18 big boxer last April, everyone has been anticipating its arrival to several markets around the world. Last month, we already announced its arrival to the Indian market with the hopes that soon after, it eventually makes its way closer to our shores. Fast forward to today, our hopes go up once again as BMW Motorrad officially confirms its arrival this week, September 18, 2020, to be exact.
As news broke out of the R18’s impending launch on BMW India’s website, select dealerships already started accepting pre-orders for the beloved retro cruiser. Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich history, the R18 is reminiscent of BMW’s very own iconic R5 that came out in 1936. It features minimalist styling to make its large boxer engine standout from its design silhouette. With a single round headlight, broad handlebars, bobber-style seat, and wire-spoke rims, the R18 is designed to become an iconic modern classic ready to be pitted against other American cruisers.
In India, the BMW R18 will come in two iterations: Standard, and First Edition. The Standard edition serves as a blank canvass as a custom-friendly bike for people who enjoy tinkering on their motorcycles to make it look as unique as they want it to. Meanwhile, the First Edition features hand-painted white pinstripes on the fuel tank and fenders as an ode to the classic R5 from the 1930s. Yet, the R18 is not devoid of the conveniences that modern technology can offer. BMW has equipped the R18 with provisions including adaptive cornering lights, an LED headlamp, stability control system, hill start assist, and three selectable riding modes, namely, Rain, Roll, and Rock.
The R18 is powered by a massive 1,802 cc twin-cylinder boxer engine that’s capable of generating 91 hp and 157 Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Despite its size, it is still capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and reach speeds of up to 180 km/h.