The 2018 Auto Expo is just two months away and manufacturers are busy giving their products final shape for the biennial event. The last edition of Auto Expo witnessed multiple concepts models out of which many entered the production facilities. One fine example is the recently launched TVS Apache RR 310 that is based on the Akula 310 put on display at the 2016 edition of the motoring event. Now, with another fresh chapter of the Asia's largest motoring exhibition standing a few weeks away, hopes are high and enthusiasts are waiting to see some exciting two-wheelers. Besides this, the motorheads are also hoping that the highly anticipated bikes and scooters that did not manage to see the face of the market till now may launch at the event. Having said that, here we have listed the top most awaited motorcycles and scooters that are expected to be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 has been spied a couple of times in India completely undisguised but there is no word from the manufacturer's side as of now about its launch. Now, with the nearing 2018 Auto Expo, it is most likely that the manufacturer will launch the motorcycle at the said event. Powering the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 is a 155cc, liquid-cooled engine mated to a six-speed transmission, churning out 19 hp and 14.7 Nm. The motorcycle is expected to be launched at a price of Rs 1.3 lakh (ex-showroom).
2018 TVS Apache RTR 160
Recently, at the launch of TVS Apache RR 310, the Hosur-based manufacturer made an announcement that the 2018 edition of its ever so popular Apache RTR 160 will be launched in India soon. Now while the definition of 'soon' may differ person to person, we are expecting the motorcycle to be launched in India sometime in mid-2018. However, there is a healthy possibility that the manufacturer may showcase the said model at the coming 2018 Auto Expo to generate the hype.
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2018 Yamaha YZF-R3
It has been quite some time now that Yamaha has retired its R3 and the reason was the arrival of stricter BS-IV emission norms, which the bike did not meet. Now, after repeatedly being asked about the motorcycle in Q&A sessions at press conferences, Yamaha has finally revealed that the BS-IV model will definitely be launched in India and the motorcycle has not been discontinued on a permanent basis. Expect the new 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 to come at next year's Auto Expo with some revisions in power and torque figures due to the BS-IV standards along with new graphics to make it look different from the retired model. Also, with the growing competition, the manufacturer should consider offering an ABS(Anti-Lock Braking System) with the bike that will definitely boost up its desirability.
At the 2017 EICMA last month, Hero MotoCorp showcased the XPulse concept and it is rumoured to be launched in India sometime in mid-2018. The Hero XPulse will most likely to showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and upon launch, it will give a good option to those missing the Impulse adventure bike from the company's line up. Powering the Hero XPulse is a 200cc, single cylinder engine mated to a five-speed gearbox. Power figures and other details are not available at the moment. The motorcycle comes with a windscreen, raised up front fender, luggage panniers and wired wheels to support proper adventure riding and touring.
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The G310R is no doubt one of the most awaited motorcycles since the last couple of years. The launch of this motorcycle is getting delayed as BMW Motorrad is currently busy setting up dealership network and desires to leave no stone unturned for its most affordable offering for the Indian two-wheeler market. While the launch of the BMW G310R is postponed to the second half of 2018, the manufacturer will most likely showcase the bike at the biennial exhibition. The BMW G310R is expected to be launched in India at a price close to Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom).