2023 BMW R 1250 R First Look

New 2023 BMW R 1250 R

BMW announced minor updates to its R 1250 R, giving the Boxer-engined roadster a full LED headlight, and making some previously optional electronics standard, all while keeping the price unchanged at $14,995.

Visually, the 2023 BMW R 1250 R looks similar to the previous model. The most noticeable change is the new LED headlight, which can be upgraded to an optional adaptive turning light. The turn signals are now also LEDs, and come with an updated version of BMW’s Comfort Turn self-cancelling function.

The 1,254cc Boxer with liquid-cooled heads and ShiftCam variable intake timing and lift remains unchanged, claiming 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 105 lb-ft. at 6,250 rpm. For 2023, the R 1250 R gains a third ride mode, with the new ECO mode joining the returning Road and Rain modes. In ECO mode, the ShiftCam system adopts a soft throttle curve and moderate engine torque limitation to maximize fuel economy and range.

A new optional seat spoiler adds a touch of sporty style.

The 2023 R 1250 R also gains the lean sensitive Dynamic Traction Control and Integral ABS Pro as standard equipment (they were previously offered as an option). Also standard is Dynamic Braking Control which works to reduce drive torque during braking to improve stability and reduce the braking distance.

The TFT full-color digital display gains a new “Sport” screen which provides lean angle information in real time, as well as data on the lean-sensitive control interventions.

The 2023 R 1250 R comes standard in an Ice Grey paint, but BMW does offer a premium Style Sport variant in Racing Blue Metallic with a white frame, gold-colored brake calipers, a blue chin spoiler, as well as a Triple Black version in Black Storm Metallic with an Agate Grey frame, gold-colored calipers, stainless steel radiator grille, and stainless steel chin spoiler.

For 2023, BMW offers the R 1250 R with a Premium Package which adds keyless ride, chrome-plated exhaust manifold, heated grips, tire pressure monitor and cruise control. BMW also offers a number of accessories from its Option 719 program including new wire-spoke wheels.

Expect the 2023 R 1250 R to arrive in U.S. dealerships in Spring 2023.

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