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Nearly a year after its global premiere, the BMW M 1000 R has been launched, with prices starting from Rs 33.00 lakh (ex-showroom). BMW Motorrad is offering the M 1000 R in two variants — the regular M 1000 R, and the M 1000 R Competition, which costs Rs 5 lakh more, at Rs 38.00 lakh (ex-showroom). The only rival against the BMW M 1000 R is the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2, which can be had from Rs 34.99 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards.

The BMW M 1000 R is underpinned by an aluminium bridge frame, which is suspended on 45 mm USD forks at the front, and a monoshock at the rear. Braking is taken care, courtesy of 320 mm twin-discs with radial-mount four-piston callipers up front, and a 220 mm disc with a single-piston floating calliper at the rear. Looks-wise, the BMW M 1000 R certainly looks like a proper big-bike, muscular and aggressive, along the lines of its global rivals.

Powering the BMW M 1000 R is a 999 cc inline four-cylinder engine with 209 bhp at 14,500 rpm and 11.5 kgm of torque at 11,000 rpm, paired to a six-speed transmission. Triple digits can be reached in 3.2 seconds, maxing out at a claimed top speed of 280 kmph.

The BMW M 1000 R also comes packing with features and riding aids. Some of these include a 6.5-inch TFT screen, five riding modes, dynamic traction control, lean angle sensor, quickshifter, launch control, pit lane limiter, hill-start control, and brake slide assist among others. The M 1000 R gets lightweight forged alloy wheels as standard, with M Carbon wheels offered as an option.

Who wins the spot in your garage then? The Bavarian or the Italian?