Intermot 2014: 2015 BMW R1200R Gets Liquid-Cooled Boxer Engine

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

BMW pulled the covers off a new R1200R featuring the liquid-cooled boxer engine first introduced on the R1200GS and also equipped on the R1200RT and the newly revealed R1200RS.

According to BMW, the engine produces 125 hp at 7750 rpm and 92 ft-lb. at 6500 rpm, with increased and more uniform torque across the rev range. Along with the new engine comes a 2-in-1 exhaust system, a modified airbox and reshaped air intakes and a centrally-positioned radiator. The R1200R comes with two ride modes, “Rain” and “Road”, and with the Riding mode Pro option, adds dynamic traction control and the “Dynamic” and “User” modes.

The boxer engine is mounted in a new tubular steel bridge frame developed for the R1200R and the new R1200RS. BMW did away with the telelever front suspension, equipping the 2015 model with a telescopic fork. At the rear, the R1200R uses the brand’s signature EVO Paralever. Suspension damping can be electronically controlled with BMW’s optional Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment to adapt to changing road conditions.

Braking duties are covered by radial-mounted four-piston calipers and like all BMW streetbikes, the 2015 R1200R comes standard with anti-lock brakes.

Other features include automatic stability control, 10-spoke cast wheels, an updated instrument cluster and a number of options including keyless ride and gear shift assist.

Follow the rest of our 2014 Intermot Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Jim L Jim L on Sep 30, 2014

    The first BMW boxer in the 10s?

    • Jerry mander Jerry mander on Dec 31, 2014

      No, its still a porker, you'd need 200 HP to equal 170 HP to get this in the tens, don't forget, with BMW you always have to subtract 30 HP for exaggeration from them. I'm going to guess it really has about 95 HP on the dyno.

  • Stuki Stuki on Sep 30, 2014

    What is happening with the telelever? Gone on RS, now gone on R as well......

    I'd take the Superduke over this one. Just looks friendlier, despite all of KTMs marketing trying to position it as the contrary. But I would not unlikely take the RS over both..... If it came to the US. This looks fine. But the RS looks like a legend in the making.