BMW Working on Ducati XDiavel Competitor?

Motorrad, Rumors | April 27th, 2016 by 2
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Multiple sources are reporting on a new rumor that suggests that BMW is intending to bring out a new cruiser, which will be positioned to compete with the XDiavel from Ducati. The XDiavel is, itself, a unique interpretation of a cruiser, with significant emphasis being placed on performance in a segment which is more focused on comfort.

BMW Motorrad has, of course, produced a cruiser in the past. Too, the company has previewed a large displacement ‘bagger’, with the Concept 101. It is said, however, that this new model will represent BMW’s take on a cruiser, rather than simply being a typical cruiser with a blue and white propeller logo on the sides, like the company’s first attempt at a cruiser.

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At the moment, there are no further details, but some are speculating about which of the brand’s engines will be the power plant for this new model, as BMW has a plethora of options. The Concept 101 utilized a 1,649cc K bike engine, an inline six. However, if the Bavarians intend to take on the XDiavel, they may opt for an inline four, likely derived from the S 1000 RR and S 1000 R.

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As we know, BMW Motorrad is unveiling a special vehicle for BMW’s centenary later this year. Though I’ve written before that the this new vehicle could be a cruiser, could this new XDiavel cruiser competitor be the bike that will be unveiled in October? We will just have to wait and see.

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2 responses to “BMW Working on Ducati XDiavel Competitor?”

  1. Chris says:

    I expect a motorcycle with a carbon frame and electric motor with the next gen SDI batteries.

  2. RIDEHARD says:

    BMW needs some new blood in their design department because this is the pinnacle of derivative design; it simply lacks original thought. It is pandering yet the irony is the target demographic would not likely buy a BMW. I would fully expect this to be a commercial flop. Though there is cohesiveness throughout BMW’s line-up, I find their overall style ubiquitous and dull with superfluous plastics and obligatory heritage cues, i.e., asymmetry. Yawn.

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