Refreshed 2021 BMW G 310 R and GS teased 

The smallest models in the BMW Motorrad range, these shadowy shots reveal the facelifted 2021MY BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS 

2021 BMW G 310 R

The 2021 BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS have been teased ahead of an official unveiling in the coming weeks after shadowy pics emerged on the firm’s Indian arm website.

The smallest models in the BMW Motorrad range, the BMW G 310 R were launched in 2018 as the company’s first sub-500cc motorcycles, targeted primarily at giving it a firmer foothold in the crucial Asian markets. 

As such, the G 310 models are in fact constructed in India - hence the exclusiveness of this teasing ‘reveal’ on its local website - as part of a manufacturing agreement with new Norton owners TVS Motors. In return, TVS gets to utilise BMW’s engineering know-how, leading to the launch of its own TVS Apache RR 310 sportsbike earlier in the year.

BMW S1000RR 360 onboard at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

While the Apache RR 310 may be relatively new though, the G 310 ranges are heading into second generation territory, but we can tell - once we’ve upped the exposure on these shadowy shots - the changes to the current model are relatively minor.

The majority of the changes come up front where both models - the naked ‘R’ and the more adventure-orientated GS - wear tapered front headlights to give it a more rakish and sportier profile. The LED units - similar to the new F 900 R - have been confirmed by other spy-shots that have revealed the look without a trick of the light.

Even without changing the exposure we can see the trellis frame will be more on display, while the larger exhaust cans are likely down to the bike needing to meet tough new emissions laws, BS6 in India and Euro5 on this side of the world.

The chunkier GS - a rival to the KTM 390 Adventure - appears to differ even less, maintaining its image as a miniaturised version of the firm’s enduringly popular R 1250 GS. 

Under the skin, the G 310 R/GS bikes are expected to retain similar power figures from the 313cc engine, which currently state 33.6bhp @ 9,500rpm and 21Ib-ft torque @ 7,500rpm.