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More power from clever engine tech
BMW’S replacement for the hugely popular R1200GS – the R1250GS, is officially unveiled in Germany today. It’s more powerful, efficient and clever, too.
Although the most obvious change is a capacity boost of 84cc to give the new 1250 and actual displacement of 1254cc, the biggest news is BMW’S addition of its new ‘Shiftcam’ technology, introducing a sliding camshaft that has two dramatically different cam profiles, transforming the engine’s power and torque delivery. The net result is a 9% boost in power to 134bhp, 14% boost in torque (to 92ftlb) and despite the performance hike, fuel consumption and emissions which are both actually improved.
The 1250 can also now use poorquality fuel more easily thanks to a new knock sensor, while riding modes are boosted by the addition of Automatic Stability Control and Hill Start Control. Further options include DTC, ABS Pro, HSC Pro as well as Riding Modes Pro. The excellent 6.5in full-colour TFT ‘Connectivity’ dash is also now standard fitment.
MCN Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves rode the new GS last week, and said: “The 1250 really does seamlessly deliver more power and torque, with no hiccups, stutters or jolts. You can’t feel the new Shiftcam doing its thing, which is how it should be. Off-road it’s not as light as a KTM 1090 but the extra grunt and delicious throttle response make it more controllable than ever. It may still not have the superbike-levels of power of some rivals, but whether touring, commuting, scratching or getting muddy the R1250GS still does it all.”
Most of changes are to the engine and electronics
Big, 6.5in colour TFT dash is now standard fitment