- R18 production variant unveiled
- Gets the biggest 1802cc boxer engine
- Loaded with electronics
BMW Motorrad has finally unveiled the production version of its new classic cruiser, the R18. This motorcycle was first showcased as a concept last year at the Villa d’Este show and was one of the star attractions.
The R18 takes its design inspiration from a prewar classic motorcycle – the R5. The new R18 is an amalgamation of classic styling and a powerful 1802cc motor, making it compete with some Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
The R18 is built around a steel cradle chassis that houses BMW’s largest 1802cc air-cooled boxer twin engine. This motor makes around 91bhp of peak power at 4750rpm and 150Nm of peak torque between 2000rpm and 4000rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox that transfers power to the rear wheel via a shaft drive. Also, the bike comes with an optional reverse as well.
Even though the R18 is all about going back in history and showcase some great design, the bike is still loaded with the latest electronics. Things like traction control system, cruise-control, hill-hold and ride-by-wire can be seen on the bike. In fact, the R18 is equipped with three riding modes- rain, road and roll. Other than these features, there are a few others like cornering lights, combined ABS and keyless ignition.
The BMW R18 is available two variants – standard model and the First edition. The latter gets lots of chrome accessories and comes with some goodies like leather belt and trucker cap. The BMW R18 will make its India debut later this year. But expect it come with a hefty price tag.