As the name suggests, the

BMW Concept 6

makes use of a six-cylinder engine based around BMW's K architecture. But where the futuristic cafe racer looks are merely tacked on to a

BMW K1300R

chassis, the engine is ready for production.

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BMW's only hinting at details right now saying only that the new motor

develops 96lb/ft of torque at 2,000rpm (presumably it develops more

than the K1300R's 103lb/ft as revs rise towards the 9,000rpm redline)

and will be a full six-inches narrower than any previous inline-six

before moving on to less concrete statements like, "Six-cylinder power

units have always had particular appeal, offering not only supreme

smoothness and refinement, but also superior power and performance as

well as a truly emotional driving - or, in this case, riding -

experience. A further point is that the typical sound of a straight-six

almost like a turbine is absolutely incomparable, with straight-six

power units at BMW having stood for fascinating engine technology in

BMW cars for more than seven decades."

Despite the sport-focussed concept bike, we're going to see this engine

first in a big, luxurious tourer, most likely in the replacement for

the aging K1200LT. The newfound capacity and number of cylinders will

give that model greater showroom parity with the Honda Goldwing, but

expect a better handling, faster bike than the square-tired Honda.

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