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Horex VR6 Concept

Horex VR6 breaks cover

Meet the Horex VR6, the latest motorcycle export from Germany. Powered by a mighty 149kW 1 218cc V6 engine, the muscle bike was in development for the past five years before being launched this week.

Although in recent years it had faded into oblivion, from 1923 to 1956 Horex Automotive AG introduced spectacular, high-performance motorcycles to the market, including the Regina and Imperator models. With the Horex V6 Clemens Neese and his business partner Frank Fischer is hoping to revive the legendary brand.

“Horex is still today a very attractive, charismatic brand,” says Clemens Neese, an engineer with 20 years experience in the IT industry. “From the very beginning, the company’s founder, Fritz Kleemann, focused on intelligent drive concepts and built innovative, premium-quality bikes.

“This tradition matches our vision of the new Horex motorcycle perfectly – like the final piece of a puzzle. And we are committed to upholding the Horex legacy.”

Penned by Peter Naumann, a freelance industrial designer who was also responsible for designing the MZ 1000S as well as the BMW C1 enclosed scooter, the VR6 has two key visual aspects which significantly influence its looks according to the company.

The first is the dominant horizontal lines running over and through the bike which “give the design a straightforward, technical and transparent appearance”.

The second visual element is the rounded leather seat design which Horex says gives

the new motorcycle an optimal knee contour and “virtually merges the rider with the motorcycle.”

The heart of the new Horex is the VR six-cylinder engine – making it the only bike which currently sports this engine arrangement.

Basically, the VR concept combines the advantages of a “Vee” formation and an inline engine with cylinders arranged in a row (hence “VR”). The VR is similar to a Vee engine with two cylinder banks placed very close together in a staggered and offset arrangement.

The very narrow cylinder angle of 15 degrees and the mirrored offset make the engine almost as narrow as a conventional in-line engine (but much shorter).

The pleasure of owning this Horex doesn’t come cheap though, with a whopping R186 800 price tag attached to it. Sales will start early in 2011 in Germany with the intention of expanding across Europe and the US.

Horex VR6 Tech Specs

Engine type: VR6, 15° V-angle, mirrored cylinder offset

Displacement: 1 218cc

Bore/Stroke: 68/55mm

Max output: 147.1kW @ 8 500r/min

Max torque: 150Nm

No. of cylinders: Six

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