While not expected at dealers until the second quarter of this year, production of the 2016 R1200RS has started at BMW’s Spandau plant in Berlin. The plant will produce 30 R1200RS motorcycles out of the 630 two-wheelers (in 22 different models) the 1,900 employees manufacture each day. “With the R1200RS we revive the traditional segment of BMW Sport Touring again and present an all-rounder with the two-cylinder boxer engine, which carries the ancestral BMW RS concept perfectly in the future,” explains project leader Florian Böheim.
Standard equipment for the R1200RS includes ABS, ASC stability control, and two driving modes “Rain” and “Road.” The more advanced DTC traction control, Dynamic ESA electronic suspension are available as options. More information can be found in our introduction of the R1200RS news report.
The water- and air-cooled boxer motors are also built at the Berlin plant where about 300 are manufactured daily from more than 500 components. These also power the R1200RT, R1200R, R1200GS Adventure and BMW Motorrad’s bestseller, the R1200GS. The BMW plant in the Spandau district of Berlin manufactures engines, chassis and powertrain components for about 120,000 motorcycles annually as well as about six million automobile brake discs. Production is diverse since the 22 different models come in 52 colors and can be selected with 300 extras before being sold in over 130 countries.