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After a grand global debut last year, BMW Motorrad has launched the third bike from its ‘M’ line of motorcycles — the M 1000 XR in India. This is the world’s most powerful crossover bike and demands a steep Rs 45 lakh (ex-showroom).

BMW Motorrad has given the M XR a pair of wings, too. These winglets are claimed to generate decent downforce from 100 kph and at 220 kph, it generates a 12 kg of downforce. And along with these winglets, there is an optional M Competition Package that includes carbon wheels, carbon bodywork, fully-adjustable M rider and pillion footrests, MGPS laptrigger. 

All of these lightweight parts drop the kerb weight by 3 kg from 223 kg. Standard equipment on the BMW M XR includes dynamic damping control, an M battery, titanium silencer, adjustable steering damper, M brake and clutch levers, keyless ride, heated grips and cornering lights. Being the top-of-the-line product, it comes with a comprehensive electronics package.

The BMW M 1000 XR looks like the gnarly tourer that you can have a track day with. Its sinister looking face, BMW’s motorsport livery and the carbon wheels add to the visual drama.

The M XR uses the same ShiftCam inline-four powerhouse from the S 1000 RR, and puts out 198 bhp and 11.5 kgm — that’s 30 bhp more than the new BMW S 1000 XR. Furthermore, there are revisions to the gearbox itself, with the fourth, fifth and the sixth being shorter and a 47-tooth rear sprocket instead of the standard’s 45-tooth unit.

BMW Motorrad’s latest motorcycle may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but a tourer you can do track days with? For Rs 45 lakh, aren’t you buying yourself a worth of two motorcycles?