In a quest for more power and better emissions control, it has been reported that BMW Motorrad is developing variable valve timing (VVT) for its iconic R-series boxer twin engines. German publication Motorrad says the liquid-cooled boxer will also get a displacement increase, from the current 1,170 cc to 1,250 cc.

Most known for being used in its best-selling GS-series dual-purpose and overlander adventure motorcycles, BMW Motorrad’s boxer is the second on the scene with VVT in a twin, the first being the Ducati Multistrada Testastretta 11 V-twin. Benefits from using VVT include increased torque at lower engine speeds without compromising top-end power.

Powered by an liquid-cooled boxer engine with an output of 125 hp at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm, the R 1200 GS carries a catalytic convertor and revised engine management in 2017 to meet current Euro 4 requirements. With the addition of VVT, along with increased displacement, BMW’s boxer can be expected to see a power gain that should bring it close to the Multistrada 1200’s claimed 152 hp and 128 Nm of torque.

For 2016, BMW Motorrad’s best seller was the ‘R’-series, claiming over half, or 53.6%, of its sales volume, a total of 77,787 units. Of these, the R 1200 GS and GS Adventure sold 25,336 units and 21,391 units, respectively, with the R 1200 RT tourer trailing behind wth 9,648 units.

In Malaysia, the BMW Motorrad GS Adventure has a recommended retail price of RM113,900, while the base model GS goes for RM102,900. Closest rivals to the BMW GS in Malaysia are the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S at RM115,000 and the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S at RM125,999. All prices include GST but exclude road tax, insurance and registration.