Horex name revived with all-new 200bhp V6

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This radical, all-new, narrow-angle, 1200cc, V6 roadster has just been unveiled in Germany – the first new Horex motorcycle in 50 years.

Launched out of the blue in Munich after being under secret development for the last five years, the radical, supercharged machine is set to go into production in Germany in early 2011 before going on sale worldwide throughout the year.

Dubbed the Horex VR6, the new bike bristles with interesting technology. The engine is a narrow-angle, 15-degree V6 with three overhead cams, three valves per cylinder and a crank-driven variable ratio supercharger. Peak power is claimed to be between 175 and 200bhp. Final drive is by belt.       

The frame is made of cast aluminium with a steel cylinder head holding beefy 50mm inverted forks with a single-sided swing-arm/monoshock rear. Brakes are top-notch radially-mounted callipers biting on big, wavy discs.

Price is expected to be around €20,000, or about £16,600.

Like John Bloor’s Hinckley-based Triumph operation, the new Horex concern is completely independent of the historic Horex factory which manufactured spectacular, high performance motorcycles near Bad Homburg between 1923 and 1956. The new operation, headed by CEO Clemens Neese and with a claimed “double digit million Euro budget”, secured the rights to the Horex brand name in 2007 and will be based near Munich.

Read the full story in next week’s MCN.