Very much anticipated by the motorcycling public, both in Malaysia and abroad, the 2016 BMW Motorrad G310R is BMW’s entry into the quarter-litre class market, its first small displacement motorcycle in over 50 years. Developed in conjunction with its Indian manufacturing partner TVS, the G310R is targeted at the burgeoning 250 cc segment which has seen unprecedented sales volume over the past few years, notably in India, and also South-East Asia.

Shown in Bangkok at the motor show in March, the 2016 BMW Motorrad G310R comes with a 313 cc liquid-cooled single cylinder that pumps out 34 hp and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. The ABS-equipped G310R represents BMW Motorrad’s re-entry into the small commuter bike market since the R27 of the sixties.

The cylinder orientation is reversed, putting the intake facing forward. This lets the engine be tilted a little further forward to place weight over the front wheel, while giving the exhaust a straight path to the rear. Weighing 158 kg, and a seat height of 785 mm, this small BMW is designed for the new rider, or the rider who simply wants a simple, easy-to-use daily rider.

BMW Motorrad Malaysia has thus far been silent on when the 2016 G310R will reach Malaysian shores, or what its likely price would be. However, a teaser post on BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s Facebook page is perhaps a hint that the G310R may soon be in the market.

GALLERY: 2016 BMW Motorrad G310R