Six-cylinder in-line engines have been an integral part of BMW automobile history and brand identity for more than 80 years. With the launch of the K 1600 GT and GTL in 2010, BMW Motorrad not only succeeded in skilfully transferring this tradition to the motorcycle area but was also able to position the lightest and most compact 6-cylinder in-line engine for motorcycles with a capacity of over 1,000 cubic centimetres on the market.
Outstanding running smoothness and supreme performance from an output of 160 hp and a torque of 175 Nm were combined with luxurious comfort, virtually perfect wind and weather protection and a level of riding dynamics that was unrivalled in the segment. With the new K 1600 GT, BMW Motorrad takes the concept of the 6-cylinder high-performance touring bike further and presents it in an even more sophisticated, dynamic and comfortable form, unchanged in terms of performance figures but now designed to meet the requirements of the EU4 pollutant class.
While the predecessor model already set new standards in the touring segment in terms of riding stability, dynamics and handling, the new K 1600 GT goes one step further. With the electronically controlled suspension, Dynamic ESA and its adjustment modes Road and Dynamic, both active riding experience and comfort have been significantly enhanced as compared to the predecessor model.
In the standard Road setting damping adaptation is now fully automated across the entire range, thereby offering the very highest level of comfort and traction over virtually all surfaces. This ensures the optimum damping force in all riding states, regardless of load. Depending on customer preference, the spring pre-load can be adapted to the load state at the press of a button and independently of the damping.
Likewise at the press of a button, the rider can switch the damping characteristics to Dynamic, thereby selecting a tighter damping set-up overall. This is all conveniently positioned on the handlebars, so it is even possible during travel.
Even more convenient manoeuvring is enabled in the new K 1600 GT by the new reverse assist, which can be simply activated from the left-handlebar panel at the press of a button. Movement itself is initiated by the rider by pressing on the starter motor button.
It's never too late to see the world, why not do it from the comfort of the K 1600 GT? Contact your retailer for more information.