AMCN got hold of Stephan Schaller, the President and CEO of BMW Motorrad and posed certain interesting questions related to TVS, product plans and their overall Indian stint. Let us quickly run you through the key pointers of the real long conversation which are of our interest…
First – the best news – TVS-BMW’s products like the K03 will use local sourcing however engineering is 100% done by BMW, which means we can expect the same German engineering at affordable costs.
He also partly revealed that TVS will also produce its own range of models based on the BMW bikes, which basically means rebadging of similar products by both the brands based on the markets they will intend to take them to. This could (we are sure it will) include sharing of engines!
Moreover, he also confirmed that they will want to start with single cylinder engines which directly means that the under-test K03 (expected to be a sub 300cc motorcycle) and its derivatives will come plonked with a single cylinder motor – KTM Beware!
He also emphasized that unlike Bajaj and KTM, their collaboration with TVS doesn’t involve any financial boundations and they are together because of the common motive of developing smaller (for BMW) and newer models for different markets.
In the interview Stephan also quashes the possibility of buying some part of TVS and says that the Chennai-based maker is a sound company and doesn’t need foreign investments as such.
So, in the nutshell, TVS-BMW’s first expected product K03 will be a single cylinder motorcycle and you can be assured that whatever comes out will exude BMW’s quality and hopefully truckloads of fun! We should be able to see the bike within this year or at the Auto Expo next year, followed by its launch sometime later.