With BMW having success after success with its new model releases of late, could the Bavarian manufacturer seriously be considering building a boxer-engine powered sportsbike? If reports from German motorcycle magazine Motorrad are to be believed, the venerable R1200S could be making a return as soon as the end of next year.
The original R1200S was made shortly back in 2006 and wasn’t hugely successful. It was also very much a niche motorcycle – the boxer engine while being torquey just didn’t translate well to a sportsbike.
So what would a modern day boxer powered R1200S offer? It would sit well below BMW’s track weapon – the S 1000 RR – and possibly even below power of the of naked S 1000 R. It’s more likely that a new take on the R1200S would be a sporty tourer with weight savings from the boxer engine and potentially even a shaft drive in favor of a traditional chain. Again, it would be a nice machine – the question is whether the demand is there for such a bike given the development costs this would require.
The image below is a render mocked up by German accessories producer and aftermarket tuner Wunderlich who have previous history with BMW. The two companies have collaborated before and the German magazine Motorrad has a pretty good track record of making predictions – especially those connected to BMW.
BMW has had a very busy few years and at the end of this year is expected to release an R nineT based Scrambler and Cafe Racer, so don’t expect the BMW R1200S to make an appearance before 2017.
Source: Motorrad Magazine