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The internets are all abuzz with word that BMW is considering using its new six-cylinder motorcycle engine on models other than the 2012 K1600GT and GTL. As cited by Visor Down, BMW originally showed off the lump on its Concept 6, which is helping to fuel rumors pointing to the arrival of a naked K1600R. Such a model would replace the current K1300R, but there are a few hitches to that giddy up.

For starters, the big 1600 actually produces 13 less horsepower than the outgoing 1300 four-cylinder, so BMW engineers would need to spend some time wringing additional ponies out of the lump before it could be considered a legitimate successor to the K1300R throne. Additionally, the 2012 K1600GT boasts a substantial price increase over the outgoing K1300GT, and chances are that the math would translate down to any K1600R model. That would make the bike less competitive in the market unless BMW managed to find a way to keep the price tag down.

There's reason to believe the inline six would be better suited to a more relaxed category of motorcycle, which has some recalling the old BMW R1200C. The situation is more than a little murky, but as Visor Down points out, we likely won't see a new bike boasting the big six-pot until 2013 at the earliest.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow that's purty!
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have '79 Honda CBX and can say without a doubt, its the smoothest running bike I've ever owned. I'm digging those "zoomies" and I hope they build it.
      matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      a) I didn't think BMW was getting rid of the 1300 engine. Am I wrong? They still need it for the k1300s. I thought they were also going to keep making the k1300gt. b) The 1300 has all the horsepower you could need. The 1600 is a torque monster , which is what you want for touring. c) Have you seen one in person yet? It's worth every penny. d) No bike deserves to be compared to the r1200c. harsh.
        ChrisH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @matt
        Other than some who did not like the styling the original versions of the R1200C were incredible bikes. Very happy to run low speeds in a high gear and handling that cruisers didn't have before they came along. Throw in amazing reliability they are great bikes. Oh, and for a BMW they had a manageable seat height. Not perfect, but BMW was at least original. I would love to own a 98 Ivory and Brown leather version, looked very old style. As for the 1300GT, I cannot see keeping that in the line up with the 1600GT basically doing everything it can do but better.
      brent
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love you bmw, my k 1100 is getting to the age, only 110,000 miles,so in a year or two it will be time to empty the piggy bank
      brent
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh,by the way dude i right about bmw making that 600 cc rocket
      • 3 Years Ago
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      StreetsideStig
      • 3 Years Ago
      That just looks devastating.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      The way autoblog keeps using "lump" in this article couldn't be more F-ing annoying.