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The new BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – the new benchmark in luxury touring?

BMW AG plans to take two-wheeled travel to a whole new level with the BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive, thanks to a 118 kW (160 hp) in-line six-cylinder engine that melds superlative power with exemplary refinement, as well as boasting superb standards of equipment and comfort.

Spearheading the BMW Motorrad tourer range, the “Exclusive” model already lays claim to a class-beating specification as standard, including central locking with anti-theft alarm system and ESA II electronic suspension adjustment for an optimum spring/damper setup regardless of load. The Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) boosts safety when accelerating, while the innovative new Hill Start Control feature takes all the hard work out of pulling away uphill, even when carrying a passenger and luggage. Needless to say, the K 1600 GTL Exclusive also comes equipped with BMW Motorrad ABS as standard, like all BMW motorcycles.

The film antenna for the radio that is embedded in the topcase lid is a world first and ensures the best possible reception quality while also enhancing the bike’s appearance. Long-distance travel comfort for the pillion passenger is taken to greater heights by a new seat, the heated backrest and comfortable armrests. Also to be found on the list of standard equipment are LED auxiliary headlights, adaptive xenon headlight, Tyre Pressure Monitor, additional brake light, engine protection bar, floor lighting, as well as LED daytime running light and, for the first time on a BMW motorcycle, Keyless Ride.

The styling of the “Exclusive” model likewise spells pure luxury – from the fuel tank’s aluminium moulding through the fully chromed exhaust system to the new-look instrumentation.

The colour scheme for the new K 1600 GTL Exclusive adds to the sense of elegance and aesthetic appeal. The bodywork’s four-coat paint finish in Mineral white metallic high gloss combines to striking effect with the classy chrome surfaces, the contrasting shade of Magnesium metallic matt and the Glacier silver metallic radiator fins. The colour-coordinated upholstery for the seat cushions, backrest and pillion passenger armrests adds the perfect finishing touch.

The highlights of the new BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive:
•Superior in-line six-cylinder engine with abundant pulling power, especially at low and medium revs.
•Output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque of 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) at 5,250 rpm.
•Over 70 per cent of maximum torque on tap from just 1,500 rpm.
•Three selectable riding modes (“Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic”).
•High standard of active safety thanks to BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral).
•Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) to maximise safety when accelerating.
•Chassis featuring duolever and paralever suspension plus ideal concentration of mass for dynamic handling abilities combined with the best possible comfort.
•Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II) for optimum adaptation to all operating requirements and vehicle loads.
•New instrumentation scales and sophisticated chrome surfaces. (New!)
•Instrument cluster with extended functionality. (New!)
•Larger seat area, armrests and new heated backrest to offer pillion passengers the best possible comfort. (New!)
•Liners for cases and topcase (embroidered).
•Keyless Ride and central locking to maximise ease of use and security. (New!)
•Hill Start Control enabling pulling away uphill with ease and comfort. (New!)
•Integral film antenna for optimum radio reception and exclusive styling. (World first!)
•Adaptive xenon headlight for greater safety on night-time rides.
•LED daytime running light. (New!)
•LED auxiliary headlights.
•Floor lighting.
•Audio system with preparation for navigation device and controllable interface for iPod, MP3, USB, Bluetooth and satellite radio (satellite radio only available in USA and Canada).
•Innovative design offering outstanding wind and weather protection.
•Elaborate, exceptionally high-grade four-coat paint finish. (New!)
•Extensive equipment and bespoke accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards.

So, will the new BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive set the new benchmark in the two-wheeled luxury touring?

Well, we will be able to judge that after a comprehensive test-drive

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