New BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL

Kuala Lumpur, 26  May 2011 – BMW Group Malaysia today introduced two new BMW motorcycles – the BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL, featuring the very latest technologies in riding dynamics and comfort to create the ultimate riding experience.

The BMW motorcycles, for the first time, feature the most compact in-line Six-cylinder engines for a serial production motorcycles to date, opening a whole new dimension of possibilities for riders with its supreme agility, handling, presence, practicality and comfort.

“Nothing defines the BMW brand more that the ability to deliver constant innovation and the tremendous capabilities, presence and outright premium quality. The new BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL are yet another testament to this fact and our expertise in the motorcycle industry. The motorcycles are a toast to the biking world, even emerging runners up at the recent Motorcycle of the Year Award 2011 by MOTORRAD magazine without even being officially introduced!” said Geoffrey Briscoe, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia.

Briscoe further added that the arrival of the two new models to Malaysia would allow the company to continue to build upon its highly successful BMW Motorrad range and set new benchmarks for the motorcycle industry, which has already developed a significant following amongst the Malaysian biker fraternity.

“In 2010, BMW Group Malaysia had a record breaking year with our BMW Motorrad division, delivering a total of 281 motorcycles. As of the first quarter of this year, we have already sold a total of 74 BMW motorcycles and we are on track to setting another record year for BMW Motorrad here in Malaysia.” said Briscoe.

Featuring the most advanced Six-cylinder in-line power unit for a motorcycle to date, the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL have a total output capacity of 1649 cc, delivering 118 kW/160hp at 7,750 rpm. Maximum torque for the two models is 175 Nm at 5,250 rpm with over 70 per cent of the vehicles maximum torque available from 1,500 rpm. Such amounts of power provide both models with superior touring characteristics and rider handling combined with optimised engine smoothness.

“Both the BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL were designed by BMW Motorrad to meet the needs of a market segment which have never been fulfilled until today, as today BMW provides consumers with a motorcycle that re-defines the possibilities in motorcycle design not only in terms of mechanical engineering, but also in the integration of digital technologies.” said Fazli Shukor, Motorrad Manager of BMW Group Malaysia.

Unlike many previous attempts at in-line arrangements of Six-cylinder engines which resulted in either very long or very wide construction, the ground breaking new engine on the BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL has managed to meet optimized design parameters, thereby negating drawbacks on chassis geometry, weight distribution and centre of gravity previously associated with in-line 6-cylinder engine motorcycles.

Weighing in at only 102.6 kilograms, the engines on the BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL are by far the lightest serially produced Six-cylinder in-line engines in motorcycles with a displacement of over 1000 cc. Combined with the latest techniques in lightweight construction, both models are in the lower ranges of their segment with the BMW K 1600 GT weighing in at 319 kg and the BMW K 1600 GTL at 348 kg. All in all, the interplay of chassis and engine position, together with the seating position of the rider, not only makes for a low overall centre of gravity with a very favourable concentration of masses, it also provides an ideally balanced wheel load distribution for excellent riding properties. The combination of ride stability, riding dynamics and lightness of handling in all riding and load conditions thus sets a new benchmark in the touring bike segment.

In terms of fuel consumption the new BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL also score high marks and considering its power potential, is equivalent to the level of a comparable 4-cylinder motorcycle when used under touring-oriented conditions. A constant speed of 90 km/h for example would yield a fuel consumption rate of only 4.5 litre per 100 km.

Both the BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL riders enjoy not one but three different engine settings to choose from. Riders are thus able to adapt to different situations such as touring on the road, riding on wet surfaces and when engaged in highly dynamic sports manoeuvres via the “Rain”, “Road” and “Dynamic” modes at the flick of a button.

For infotainment interface, the new BMW K1600 GT and BMW K1600 GTL features an instrument panel comprising of the two classic circular instruments for the speedometer and tachometer and introduces an all new 5.7-inch TFT colour display, yet another first in the motorcycle industry. This among other things enables the attractive presentation of text and graphics, such as that from the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV system, which can be fitted as a special accessory, within the riders field of vision.

Both models also feature an electronic Multi-Controller which is positioned on the inner side of the left handlebar grip and thus always within optimum reach. This replaces the cluster of operating buttons typically found on premium motorcycles and is a marked improvement as the riders hand is able to remain on the handlebars at all times and, unlike key pad designs, makes it possible to activate controls without taking the riders eyes off the road. The functional range of the Multi-Controller has further been significantly expanded for use in the new touring bikes and in addition to operating the audio system, functions such as the on-board computer, ESA II, navigation system as well as the grip and seat heating features can all be accessed using the Multi-Controller via the TFT colour display.

“The developments and innovations from BMW Motorrad which are present in the new BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL are a clear illustration of BMW’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of customers through the creation of state-of-the-art technologies and features. Technologies and features which will continue to keep BMW well ahead of the competition in the years to come” said Mr. Shukor.

The retail prices (on the road including personal road tax registration excluding insurance) for the BMW K1600 GT and BMW K1600 GTL are K 1600 GT, RM 158,000 and K 1600 GTL, RM 168,000.