Making a mountain out of a mole hill, rumors and renders of a heavily re-styled, re-worked R1200GS have been swirling around various publications all summer. MCN is even claiming a "world exclusive" with a blurry spy shot of an out-of-focus cylinder head. Here's what the 2010 BMW R1200GS will look like and it just gets some minor engine modifications to help it meet Euro4 emissions standards and remain competitive with pretenders to its adventure touring throne.
Already in production at the Spandau factory, the 2010 GS essentially
inherits the DOHC cylinder head from the BMW HP2 Sport (pictured above)
and adds a second spark plug per cylinder for more efficient combustion
and reduced emissions. Visually, the main difference is that the new
head uses two retaining bolts instead of the previous model's four.
Of course, these changes should also result in a little more power.
Solo Moto Treinta, which went to all the trouble of 'shopping the HP2
cylinder heads onto these images, suggests a 10bhp increase to 115bhp.
It's logical to assume that we'll see these changes come to the 2010
BMW R1200R and 2010 BMW R1200RT since they share the same engine.