BMW TO MAKE PARALLEL TWIN
July 27th 2005.
By Jim Reynolds
Our source in Germany tells us that the latest product of BMW's cooperation with Aprilia will be launched in January, and it's a parallel twin! This represents a major departure from tradition for the manufacturer which has for so long championed boxer-style twin cylinders. At first, the motor will be built in 800cc form.
The suggestion is that, if it succeeds, the product will be badged as a 'BeeEm', and, if the reaction is not favourable, then it will become an Aprilia. That said, we couldn't see whether our source's tongue was in his cheek over the e-mail connection.
Aprilia has been building the very successful 650 singles for BMW, while offering their own Pegaso single. Now it seems there may be a Super Pegaso tourer on the way, with off-road styling, powered by the same parallel-twin, 800cc unit.
 
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