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Sculptural Elegance: BMW R20 Concept at Villa d’Este

BMW R20 Concept at Villa d'Este

Against the stunning backdrop of Villa d’Este on Lake Como, BMW Motorrad reveals its latest innovation: the BMW R20 concept. The BMW R20 concept showcases the Big Boxer engine as the focal point of an exceptional riding experience, with the tank serving as a striking sculptural element. The rear of the motorcycle is designed with minimalistic features to highlight the sleek lines and the performance of the bike.

BMW R20 Concept at Villa d'Este

The chassis of the R20 has undergone a complete redesign, featuring a black double-loop main frame constructed from chrome-molybdenum steel tubes. The combination of a black disc wheel at the rear and a 17″ spoke wheel at the front, along with the BMW Paralever system in a new two-arm configuration, seamlessly blends tradition with modernity.

BMW R20 Concept at Villa d'Este

The exposed driveshaft, inspired by the R18 models, has been integrated into the roadster architecture, enhancing the visual appeal of the motorcycle. The Öhlins Blackline suspension components, along with the radially mounted brake calipers from ISR, ensure optimal performance and handling. The 2-in-2 exhaust system not only enhances the sound profile but also complements the overall design of the BMW R20 concept, setting a new benchmark in motorcycle engineering and showcasing BMW Motorrad‘s dedication to excellence and passion for motorcycling.

BMW R20 Concept at Villa d'Este

The focal point of the BMW R20 concept remains the air-oil-cooled Big Boxer engine, now boasting a 2,000 cc displacement. In the design of the concept motorcycle, fresh cylinder head covers, a new belt cover, and an updated oil cooler were crafted to allow for the semi-concealed mounting of the oil pipes.

BMW R20 Concept at Villa d'Este

A notable feature is the lateral perspective: Observers can trace the movement of air as it passes through the exposed intake funnels into the throttle bodies and cylinders, then exits through the open exhaust system and megaphone-designed tailpipes, producing the distinctive Big Boxer sound.

BMW R20 Concept at Villa d'Este

The redesigned aluminum tank of the BMW R20 concept features a vibrant color reminiscent of the 1970s, described as “hotter than pink.” This color scheme extends to various components such as the cylinder head covers, belt cover, and air intake funnels, all crafted from polished and anodized aluminum. Additionally, the Paralever strut, footrest system, and ISR brake calipers are finished in gunmetal to complement the overall aesthetic.

BMW R20 Concept at Villa d'Este

The integration of the taillight into the single seat, upholstered in quilted black Alcantara and fine-grain leather, enhances the dynamic appearance of the roadster. A modern LED headlight, designed as a 3D-printed aluminum ring with integrated daytime running light, creates a visually striking effect with the main headlight seemingly floating within the light ring.

BMW R20 Concept at Villa d'Este

According to Alexander Buckan, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad, the R20 concept represents a bold interpretation of the brand’s DNA by blending modern technical features with a classic roadster design. Its oversized proportions and minimalist aesthetic establish it as a truly unique and recognizable vehicle.

The new BMW R20 was unveiled at this year’s Concoro d’Eleganza Villa d’Este along with the BMW Skytop Concept Car.

Image courtesy of Enes Kucevic