Thursday, October 04, 2012

Horex VR6 Classic, VR6 Individual, unveiled at the Intermot

Horex VR6 Classic Horex VR6 Individual
The Horex VR6 Classic and VR6 Individual, shown at the Intermot

Horex have unveiled a new VR6 Roadster-based prototype model at the Intermot, which is a preview of the things to come from the German company. ‘As a premier trade event for motorcycles, our stand at the Intermot 2012 in Cologne is a perfect place to show Horex fans the latest highlights,’ says says Horex CEO, Clemens Neese. ‘This gives them a chance to discover production options offered by our factory along with the ideas we are pursuing when it comes to accessories,’ he adds.

The new prototype Horex machine is the VR6 Classic, with period styling cues. Peter Naumann, Professor of Design at the University of Munich and the man who’s played a key role in designing the first VR6 that was shown two years ago, has also worked on this new Classic interpretation of the original. ‘The Horex Classic pays tribute to the legendary bikes from Bad Homburg. The timeless Horex red with silver accent stripes is reminiscent of the manufacturer's popular road bikes and racing machines,’ says Naumann. ‘Fine details on the concept prototype, including leather seat, intricate wire wheels and distinctive color design reflect the elegance of the star motorcycles from the 1950s and 60s without compromising the modern Horex technology,’ he adds. The Classic model will ultimately be added to the Horex line-up as a second model alongside the VR6 Roadster, he confirms.

While the VR6 Classic is cool, we like the Horex VR6 Individual even more. ‘Horex customers decide what their bike will look like. Some possible options for them are shown on the Horex Individual,’ says Klaus-Peter Schäfer, the man in charge of sales and marketing at Horex. ‘The midnight-blue paint, black headers and elegant Alcantara seat show some ideas of how a Horex can be configured to customer specifications,’ he adds.

Horex are also ready with a touring-oriented version of the VR6, which is fitted with a complete set of travel accessories designed by SW-Motech. These accessories include a holder for navigation devices and smartphones, a secure, perfectly fitted tankbag and soft panniers. Based in Augsburg, Germany, Horex are now ISO 9001:2008 certified and already have more than 30 dealerships in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The VR6 range is powered by a unique 1218cc V6 that produces 161 horsepower and 137Nm of torque and the bike weighs 249kg without fuel. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.

We don’t know if we’ll ever get to ride one but we sure do love the Horex VR6 Individual and we hope the born-again German company does well for itself in the months and years to come.

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