BMW Concept 6: The 6-Cylinder BMW Returns

11/10/2009 @ 7:55 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS


After debuting the 2010 BMW R1200RT and 2010 BMW R1200GS ahead of EICMA, BMW left some of for today at EICMA. Called Concept 6 (6-Pack internally), BMW released a concept bike that features an in-line six-cylinder motor, and takes its design cues from a futuristic cafe racer ethos.

While BMW maintains that this concept is supposed to appeal to touring enthusiasts, we can’t help but think this is a continuation of the company’s move to a younger and sportier crowd. The Concept 6 sits low like a sportbike, and its tail section screams cafe racing.

From just about any angle the six-cylinder motor can be seen, and BMW has gone to obvious lengths to accentuate the large number of cylinders, with a triple outlet exhaust on each side. Shaft-drive and a single-sided swingarm are par for the BMW course, and this might be the first BMW headlight in a while we could live with.

While we’re not sure how much, if any, of the concept bike will make it into a final design, the new motor concept seems almost certain to end up in a model soon to come.

  • John Adamo

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  • Matthew

    I’m going to hold my breath and hope this gets made. I’ve been waiting for them to come up with a less focused sport bike to fill the void left by the deleted R1200S and this might be it.

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  • Hayabrusa

    I hope you’re right, Matthew – what I had heard is that they (BMW) were going to put out a 6-cylinder version of the K1200LT (K1800LT anyone?). I like your idea better, but I’d love to see a touring version as well.

  • Peter Lombardi

    this would be so awesome!