BMW shows off two touring models with a new power plant

A concept first shown off a year ago by BMW is now headed to U.S. showrooms.

BMW revealed its new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL at Intermot recently with a new 6-cylinder, in-line power unit. BMW has had such engines for more than seven decades in its cars and has made a number of dramatic changes to those units to prepare them for the motorcycle touring models.

BMW says the 6-cylinder engines provide a “high level of pulling power, especially in the lower and medium engine speed range.” The engines, the company says, also are the lightest and most compact 6-cylinder in-line engines in production.

The two touring models will have three different engine characteristics — “Rain, Road and Dynamic” — available at the press of a button on the handlebar.

The models also come with a factory option for an adaptive headlight, which BMW says “produces significantly improved illumination of the road when cornering and therefore an enormous increase in active riding safety.”

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