BMW Motorrad redefines K 1600 range for 2022

BMW Motorrad has launched their 2022 K 1600 model range, with local deliveries expected to begin early next year. In-line 6-cylinder engines will again feature, having been at the heart of K 1600 variants since 2010.

The characterful powerplant has been adapted to the current EU-5 regulations while adopting the BMS-O engine control, two knock sensors and two additional broadband lambda probes.

In addition to improved emission values, there are also noticeable benefits to the engine’s power and torque figures. The nominal capacity is still 118kW, though it is now achieved at 6750rpm, which is 1000rpm earlier than before.

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In addition, the new technical features provide an increase of the maximum torque from 175Nm to 180Nm at 5250rpm. Even more pulling power and improved acceleration are now on offer. Engine drag torque control is another new component.

The technology helps avoid unstable riding conditions that can arise in coasting mode or when shifting down gears, due to excessive slip at the rear wheel.

The 2022 line-up begins with the K 1600 GT, which represents the particularly agile, dynamic variant of the range, while the K 1600 GTL, with its more comfortable ergonomics and standard top case, offers a pleasurable all-round riding experience.

The K 1600 B is a completely different breed. It provides characteristic streamlining with a low rear section in bagger style and proudly lives up to ‘The Spirit of the Open Road’ title. It represents elegance, power and luxury on two wheels.

2022 BMW K 1600 GT
2022 BMW K 1600 GT

Derived from the K 1600 B, the K 1600 Grand America combines the superior performance of the engine with exclusive equipment that make long-distance rides both comfortable and invigorating, whether riding alone or with a companion.

The BMW Motorrad dynamic next generation electronic suspension adjustment, which features across the range, enables even higher levels of riding safety, performance and comfort thanks to damping that automatically adapts to riding conditions and manoeuvres.

The new system also offers automatic riding position compensation in all load states.

The new models integrate modern LED light units as standard too, with a full LED headlight, and iconic daytime riding light – the latter which is standard on locally-delivered models. It illuminates the road with an unrivalled bright, clear light.

The swivelling adaptive headlight function, a new addition for 2022, points the low-beam LED headlight into the curve according to the heel angle. In addition, there are a number of new light functions including a welcome light feature.

The K 1600 range is also fitted with a new 10.25-inch TFT colour display with integrated map navigation and connectivity. The infotainment system offers outstanding readability, clear menu navigation and a highly integrated operating concept.

The new colour display allows a navigation map to be displayed on the instrument cluster, meaning an additional display is not required. All locally delivered BMW K 1600 models are also fitted with the new Audio System ECE, providing a more intense sound experience.

The K 1600 range is available in Black Storm Metallic, Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red combination, and special finishes Option 719 Mineral White Metallic, and Option 719 Meteoric Dust 2 Metallic.

Local pricing for the entry level K 1600 GT starts at $41,120 and goes all the way through to the range topping GTL Option 719 with pricing starting for it at $44,860. For further information, please contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

2022 BMW K 1600 B
2022 BMW K 1600 B
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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