A new generation of twin-cylinder boxer engines.

Almost 100 years old - and it's only just reaching its prime.

The new twin-cylinder boxer engine fascinates in its diversity from the very first moment. Its character is unmistakeable – in every engine speed range. It offers you increased performance and smooth running at low speeds. The BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control ensures more powerful torque development over the entire engine speed range, providing greater control in every riding situation. Giving you power whenever you need it. More cubic capacity, more power – with higher efficiency. The strong performance with fewer gear changes gives you sovereignty. A masterpiece of engineering prowess.


Nm increase in the maximum torque by 18 Nm
kW increase in the maximum engine power by 8 kW
Ccm increase in capacity by 84 cm3
Percentage increase in energy efficiency


An icon re-imagined.

An icon re-imagined.

The unique drive with variable camshaft control BMW ShiftCam makes the new generation even more powerful than any of its predecessors. With a significant increase in torque even at low speeds, the innovative technology generates noticeably more sovereignty and impressive riding performance – and with greater energy efficiency. Whether you're in the city, on the highway or, of course, off-road: unbeatably versatile, this engine triumphs with almost perfect rideability. 

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The Boxer Range

An engine with many faces.

The new 1250 BMW twin-cylinder boxer engine stands out for its versatility and, thanks to the BMW ShiftCam, is impressive in every riding situation and on every terrain. Each model of the new R 1250 series benefits from control, refinement, acceleration, sovereignty and higher performance from the new engine. Discover the benefits of the new model generation.

BMW R 1250 GS

Thanks to the control in every engine speed range, you can take on every obstacle of your adventure with playful ease.

BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

Smooth running and high torque in every speed range ensure a balanced engine culture on every long-distance journey.

BMW R 1250 RT

The sovereign reserves of power of the new opposed-twin engine give you serenity on your next tour.

BMW R 1250 R

With the new Boxer engine you have the necessary performance in every situation.

BMW R 1250 RS

Powerful acceleration lets you master your next tour even faster.

The heart of BMW Motorrad.

The heart of BMW Motorrad.

Even the very first BMW motorcycle was a boxer model. This genetic basis marks the beginning of a success story that continues to this day. The strong-charactered twin-cylinder boxer engine has always embodied the typical BMW nature. It is considered the perfect engine for a motorcycle: appreciated by connoisseurs for its strong start and the confident punch you feel when riding. 

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The new boxer models