BMW’s R18 Concept Is A Minimalist Bike With An All-New Boxer Engine

BMW Motorrad has unveiled the new R18 concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Billed as a “bike in its original, natural form,” the concept was designed by Bart Janssen Groesbeek and is a throwback to the early days of motorcycles.

As a result, the bike is largely devoid of covers and this allows the components to shine. Speaking of the latter, the R18 has a black cradle frame, a drop-shaped fuel tank and an exposed universal shaft.

The heart of the bike is a new 1800cc two-cylinder boxer engine which the company says is “reminiscent of the flat twin engines that BMW Motorrad used to build up until the end of the 1960s – but with a considerably bigger displacement and modern air/oil cooling.” BMW didn’t mention performance specifications, but said the engine block and transmission are made from glass bead-blasted aluminum which meshes nicely with hand-polished aluminum components such as the belt guard and valve covers. The engine has also been equipped with Solex dual carburetors which are similar to those used on the BMW 2002.

Also Read: BMW 9cento Concept Unveiled, Could Preview New Adventure Sport Bike

Other notable features include a black leather seat and an LED headlight with a U-shaped cover for an old school look. Designers also installed 18- and 21-inch wire wheels which are wrapped in Metzeler tires. In keeping with the retro theme, the bike is devoid of electronics other than the starter and lighting units.

The R18 was envisioned as an “emotional and authentic” large cruiser and BMW Motorrad Design boss Edgar Heinrich said “This concept bike appeals to something deep down – you just want to just get on it and ride off.”

more photos...
  • Ary Wisesa

    Beautiful. Just beautiful…

  • Christian Wimmer

    Gorgeous!

2020 Ford Puma Has Cute Looks And Is Loaded With Features

The 2020 Ford Puma is based around the Fiesta and includes a fully-digital gauge cluster.

The One Where Top Gear Tested The Fabulous Lamborghini Murcielago SV In Abu Dhabi

Lamborghini only ever built 186 units of the Murcielago LP 670-4 SV instead of the 350 initially planned .

Why Wait For The Black Series When You Can Have O.CT’s 641 HP Mercedes-AMG GT R?

Simply by reprogramming the ECU, the tuner has significantly increased output and, at the same time, reduced consumption.

Audi Q7 Gets A Makeover And Some New Tech

The facelifted Audi Q7 looks quite a lot different than the outgoing model.

All That Jazz: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Rolls In Salt Lake City

Merc’s new luxury SUV will be available in the U.S. in GLS 450 and GLS 580 guise, starting from $76k.

New SK Pininfarina Designed For De Rosa Is A Bike For A Special Clientele

Priced at nearly $3k in Italy, the bicycle penned by the famous design house is a luxury item.

2021 Ford Bronco Could Have A 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Four-Cylinder Engine

In the Ranger, the engine produces 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Chevrolet Camaro To Be Phased Out After 2023?

GM has been killing cars left and right, and it appears the Camaro could be the next victim.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Gets Three Custom Exhaust Systems From MagnaFlow

The tuner offers three different systems for Jeep’s new pickup truck, with prices starting at $516 .

Lightyear One Prototype Is An Electric Vehicle That Can Be Recharged By The Sun

The solar panels could generate an extra 31-43 miles of range every day.