BMW R18 Cruiser Launched In India; Prices Start At ₹ 18.90 Lakh

BMW Motorrad India today officially launched the BMW R18 Cruiser flagship motorcycle in India, marking its entry into…
BMW Motorrad India today officially launched the BMW R18 Cruiser flagship motorcycle in India, marking its entry into the cruiser segment. Launched at a starting price of ₹ 18.90 lakh (ex-showroom), the company has now opened bookings through the BMW Motorrad dealer network. The motorcycle comes in two variants – the standard version and the First Edition, the latter is priced at ₹ 21.90 lakh (ex-showroom). It will be imported into India as a completely built-up unit (CBU).

This full-blown modern heavyweight cruiser takes its inspiration from the BMW R5, which was in production in the late 1930s. It gets retro styling elements like a circular headlamp, wide handlebars, an exhaust pipe finished in chrome, spoked wheels and more. The regular model of the R18 is a blacked-out version while the first edition unit gets more white pinstripes and chrome. The latter also gets seat badge with a ‘First Edition’ clasp, a copper-lettered logo on the tank and a Blackstorm metallic colour.

As for features, the BMW R18 cruiser bike is loaded with all-LED lighting setup, an analog instrument cluster, heated grips and optional reverse gear, ABS, traction control, hill-hold assist and switchable Automatic Stability Control (ASC), three riding modes – Rain, Roll and Rock. For suspension, the bike gets telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock unit at the rear. The braking system consists of a twin-disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear along with four-piston fixed callipers.


The motorcycle comes powered by a 1,802 cc boxer-twin, air-cooled & oil-cooled engine. The engine is capable of making 89.75 bhp at 4,750 rpm and developing a peak torque of 158 Nm at just 3,000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a shaft drive. Additionally, reverse gear is available as an optional extra.

Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “The all-new BMW R 18 is BMW Motorrad’s much-anticipated entry into the cruiser segment. Fans and motorcycling enthusiasts in India have been eagerly waiting for this day. The all-new BMW R 18 is a modern interpretation of motorcycling in its most authentic form. It seamlessly invokes the essence of the famous BMW Motorrad classics into the modern era while retaining a purist design. It delivers unadulterated riding fun with the biggest boxer engine ever built by BMW. Riders are in for a complete treat with the cruiser’s presence, attitude and promise in equal measures. They know when you ride, emotion is all that matters, and the all-new BMW R 18 is set to win the heart and soul!”

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