Looking for a new bratwurst burner, but not sold on anything in BMW’s current catalog? Does “understated elegance” mix with “balls-out-performance” on your list of ideal motorcycle attributes? Do you care more about being the first one on your block to own a new toy than you do about what it actually costs? If you answered yes to all of these questions, get ready to pony up the $25,000 it will cost to put a Horex VR6 in your garage. You’ve got until 2012 or so to save up, so you may want to switch to eating ramen and peanut butter now.
As Hell For Leather reports, Horex is the revival of a once famed German brand that ceased motorcycle production in 1956. Their first bike will be the VR6, powered by a supercharged, 1200cc narrow angle V6 motor good for 197 horsepower and 110 foot pounds of torque. At 530 pounds, the VR6 is portly for a naked bike, but should still go plenty fast in a straight line. Based solely on the images and pricing, the Horex is more about being seen and rolling in style than it is about getting from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible.
Horex plans to begin sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland sometime in 2011, with the rest of the EU and North America to follow. While I question the logic (or sanity) of launching a premium motorcycle brand with the global powersports market in near collapse, I wish them the best of luck with their product launch. Fortune, it’s said, favors the bold, and no one can accuse Horex of being meek with the VR6.