BMW R 1200 GS xDrive Hybrid is the first BMW Motorrad hybrid motorcycle with all-wheel drive. With 170 HP, it manages to be the perfect travel companion. The immortal two-cylinder boxer engine powered the BMW GS models. So, it is the perfect companion for anyone wishing to explore the far corners of our planet for more than three decades. But we have a question. Do you believe in the first series-production All-Wheel drive travel Enduro with hybrid drive? We don’t! Because it is an April’s fool thinking by BMW Motorrad. Great Job!
However, we want to dream
Now BMW Motorrad moves beyond, offering the first hybrid motorcycle in history. All-wheel xDrive completes it. Thanks to an electric motor in the front hub, able to secure a grip on the “two wheels” on-demand. The new BMW R 1200 GS xDrive Hybrid starts from the legendary BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. The mixed air/liquid cooled boxer engine produces a power of 92 kW (125 HP) at 7’750 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6’500 rpm. The bike sends it to the rear wheel via the classic universal referral.
BMW R 1200 GS xDrive Hybrid: Hybrid power with 170 HP
The unique two-wheel-drive transmission of the new BMW R 1200 GS xDrive Hybrid allows traction in slippery road conditions, deep sand or mud. This technological feat was achieved using the system developed by BMW cars. You can use all-wheel drive system automatically or manually through the button 2WD (2 wheel drive) located on the left handlebar. The system activates the wheel hub e-Drive. It works as both an electric motor as a generator. With a plus of 33 kW (45 HP) power and overall system performance 125 kW (170 HP), the innovative 4WD system opens a new dimension of performance and off road.
New generation of batteries
A new generation of batteries, derived from technology used by BMW, store the energy recovered during braking. This energy moves the e-Drive system on the front wheel. It helps the BMW R 1200 GS xDrive Hybrid to have a higher starting torque when accelerating. Thanks to the sophisticated power management technology, this will always be supplied to the front wheel in the right quantity and appropriate depending on the driving situation. This means that the front wheel only receives the amount of power that allow it to avoid slipping. The rider can use a variety of driving modes to customize how the 4WD system Act and adjust the hybrid system recovery strategies to meet its needs. Everything can be controlled via the innovative LCD display.
An intelligent system that also thinks of the masses
Thanks to the recovery of braking energy, which was integrated into BMW Motorrad ABS system, the same braking has been improved further. This combined solution and made it possible to reduce the conventional hydraulic braking system on the front. Passing by a double floating disc to a single plate system, thus saving approximately 2.9 kg of mass. In conjunction with the e-Drive the wheel hub. It weighs only 880 grams and can guarantee a great ability of the bike.
The new BMW R 1200 GS xDrive Hybrid will be presented to the public in a suitable place very soon. So, it will be available from the second half of 2017. BMW Motorrad will announce special tyre combinations and optional equipment, as well as the official sales price later.