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BMW leaks K 1600 GTL

2010-09-28 07:22

SKETCH THIS: BMW's new K 1600 GTL tourer is expected to debut several features more familar to its four-wheeled cousins.

JD VAN ZYL

Images of Bavaria's new Gold Wing rival, BMW’s hotly-anticipated K 1600 GTL tourer, have leaked ahead of its official launch at Cologne's Intermot show.

The bike, shown as a concept at the 2009 EICMA show in Milan, is a new addition to BMW’s model line-up with its 1.6-litre straight-six engine that's expected to create a very decent 118kW and maximum torque of 175Nm.

However isn’t the only feature inspired by BMW’s range of cars. The GTL has several other features that debuted in its four-wheeled cousins.

These are rumoured to include a bike version of iDrive, which uses a full-colour TFT display, adaptive xenon headlights for better illumination of twisties, traction control, a hi-fi that connects to your iPod, angel-eye halo running lights and contoured LED tail lights.

It goes without saying that the GTL (and its lower specced K 1600 GT sibling) prides itself in comfort and optimal ergonomics, aided by electronic suspension adjustment, to help make the most of long-distance touring.

The two tourers are also treated to the latest in BMW safety, including three riding modes (Road, Dynamic and Rain - the last able to cut power and throttle responses for safer riding on wet roads) and dynamic traction control.

Wheels24 has the leaked pictures, but the image quality was deemed too poor for publication. Watch this space for more details after the bike's official launch at Intermot.
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