BMW Motorrad Australia could use its upcoming Icons Never Die event to reveal its highly-anticipated R 18 cruiser.
A promotional image for the event, which will be hosted on March 12 in Melbourne, cites a ‘VIP product reveal’ with a drawing of what looks to be an R 18.
In the ticket information, the brand again hints at the big reveal.
“A showcase and celebration of BMW heritage motorcycles, and a taste of what’s to come in 2020 with our forthcoming entrance into the cruiser segment.”
The BMW R 18, which is expected to launch in the second half of 2020, was previewed by the R 18 Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event in Italy last year.
It was previewed again by the Concept R 18/2 (pronounced Slash Two), which was a closer-to-production representation of the final product.
It is possible that the German company is using the Icons Never Die event to showcase a third R 18-based concept bike, however, the brand’s local wing could not confirm details of the product reveal.
As previously reported, the BMW R 18 will use the highest-capacity boxer engine used in motorcycle volume production, with a displacement of 1802cc.
Tuned for low-end grunt, the ‘Big Boxer’ produces 67kW at 4750rpm, and 158Nm from 3000rpm.
Power is sent through a six-speed transmission to the rear wheel via a shaft drive system.
While pricing has yet to be confirmed, it is expected to check in above $30,000.
For comparison, the just-launched Triumph Rocket 3 which will surely be a close rival to the R 18, is priced from $29,990 rideaway in base form.
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