Introducing the BMW R 18: A New Boxer Steps in the Ring

Apr 03, 2020 View Comments by

BMW R 18

BMW has officially stepped into the cruiser segment with the announcement of their all-new model, the R 18. Designed with the purist in mind, the R 18 gets its looks and “attitude” from some of its classic predecessors, such as the R 5, and features no-frills tech—the boxer engine is the superstar on this bike.

Some of the standout features of the R 18 are its cruiser-style ergonomics, double-loop steel tube frame, and rear swingarm with enclosed axle drive in a rigid-frame. It also sports a displacement of 1802cc and 110 lb-ft of torque, and an air- and oil-cooled boxer engine that happens to be the most powerful 2-cylinder engine ever used in BMW’s motorcycle series. With a peak power output of 91 horsepower at 4,750 rpm and 116 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm, the R 18 also promises a deep, reverberating sound that’s sure to be music to the ears of cruiser lovers. Of course, the features don’t stop there! Click here for full specs and to learn more.

You can witness the live, global reveal of the R 18 at 2 p.m. EST today by subscribing to @BMWMotorrad on Facebook. The live event will take place via Facebook and YouTube.

BMW boxer engine

Highlights of the R 18:

  • Iconic styling with modern technology
  • Biggest ever BMW boxer engine with a capacity of 1802cc
  • 91 hp at 4,750 rpm, maximum torque 116 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm
  • More than 110 lb-ft available at all times from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm
  • Exposed driveshaft based on the classic R 5 model
  • Double-loop steel tube frame
  • Rear swing arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid-frame design.
  • Telescopic fork with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut featuring travel-dependent damping
  • Ergonomics for relaxed riding and optimum control
  • Disc brakes front and rear, with wire-spoked wheels
  • State-of-the-art LED lighting technology
  • Adaptive turning light for better illumination when cornering as a factory option
  • Classically designed circular instrument with integrated display
  • Keyless Ride with remote control
  • Two standard riding modes, ASC and MSR
  • Reverse assist and Hill Start Control as factory options
  • The R 18 First Edition: exclusive look in paint and chrome
  • Extensive range of optional extras and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories as well as a cool Ride & Style Collection

BMW R 18 display



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