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By Uwe Wachtendorf

October 7, 2008

Three BMW models hit the gym and beef-up their powerplants

2009 BMW K1300S

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A day before the doors open for Intermot 2008 in Cologne, BMW have announced three new models for their 2009 line-up.

Three existing K models, the K1200S, K1200R, and K1200GT have been redesigned and now feature a motor with an increase in displacement to 1,293 cc.

The new K1300S becomes the fastest and most powerful BMW ever built, and is claimed to make 172 hp while weighing 254 kg (560 lbs) fully fuelled.

Introduced at Intermot 2004 as the most powerful naked bike ever built, the new K1200R has been more humbly reborn as BMW’s most powerful naked.  With a promised power to weight of 170 hp at 243 kg (536 lb), the new K1300R is being described by the BMW marketing department as an extravagant power roadster with an extroverted design.

The Gran Turismo segment is represented by the new K1300GT. Improvements in aerodynamics and long-range comfort are reportedly accentuated by the new motor’s 158 hp and 100 lb/ft torque output.

All three models are to be available in Europe by Febuary 2009, and retail at $23,750 for theK1300S, $20,750 for the K1300R and $26,500 for the K1300GT. Availability and pricing for the Canadian market has yet to be announced.

Also on display at BMW's Intermot booth will be their new motorycle for the World Superbike Championship, the S1000RR. Australian Troy Corser and Spaniard Ruben Xaus have signed up to ride the bike for its debut in the 2009 series.