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Horex to bounce back to life with new VR6 motorcycle

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The sketch of the new VR6 gives us a taste of what to expect from Horex at EICMA
The sketch of the new VR6 gives us a taste of what to expect from Horex at EICMA
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The sketch of the new VR6 gives us a taste of what to expect from Horex at EICMA
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The sketch of the new VR6 gives us a taste of what to expect from Horex at EICMA
The Horex VR6 Classic was the second and last model to be sold before the company went bankrupt in December 2014
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The Horex VR6 Classic was the second and last model to be sold before the company went bankrupt in December 2014
The Horex VR6 Classic was the second and last model to be sold before the company went bankrupt in December 2014
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The Horex VR6 Classic was the second and last model to be sold before the company went bankrupt in December 2014
The Horex VR6 Roaster was unveiled as a production model in 2012, producing 160 hp
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The Horex VR6 Roaster was unveiled as a production model in 2012, producing 160 hp
The Horex VR6 Roaster was unveiled as a production model in 2012, producing 160 hp
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The Horex VR6 Roaster was unveiled as a production model in 2012, producing 160 hp
The Horex VR6 Roaster was unveiled as a production model in 2012, producing 160 hp
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The Horex VR6 Roaster was unveiled as a production model in 2012, producing 160 hp
The 2014 Horex VR6 Café Racer 33 sported Ohlins suspension and a variety of LSL aftermarket ergal parts, planned to go into a limited production of just 33 bikes
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The 2014 Horex VR6 Café Racer 33 sported Ohlins suspension and a variety of LSL aftermarket ergal parts, planned to go into a limited production of just 33 bikes
The 2010 Horex VR6 prototype had its unique supercharged engine to thank for the publicity it received
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The 2010 Horex VR6 prototype had its unique supercharged engine to thank for the publicity it received
Featured in red color, the compressor of the 2010 Horex VR6 prototype never made it to the production line
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Featured in red color, the compressor of the 2010 Horex VR6 prototype never made it to the production line
Configuring the cylinders in a very narrow 15 degree angle allows for a very compact design, not much bigger that a typical inline-four engine
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Configuring the cylinders in a very narrow 15 degree angle allows for a very compact design, not much bigger that a typical inline-four engine
By using slanted pistons Horex could allow for a flat cylinder head, saving on complexity and costs
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By using slanted pistons Horex could allow for a flat cylinder head, saving on complexity and costs
The VR6 six cylinder powerhouse is as thin as any inline engine
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The VR6 six cylinder powerhouse is as thin as any inline engine
A new exhaust system and a tail section will highlight the new version of the VR6
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A new exhaust system and a tail section will highlight the new version of the VR6
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German motorcycle manufacturer Horex has revealed plans to restart production in coming months, promising to have a new model in time for the EICMA show in Italy next November. The company's new owner, 3C Carbon Group, is already in the process of developing an updated version of the VR6 six-cylinder bike.

Here's a quick Horex primer for those unfamiliar with the name. Horex was founded in 1920 by the Rex glassware company. In pre-war years it produced high-end singles and twins, although it was post-war models, the Regina and Imperator, that helped the company ascend to legendary status. Production was terminated in 1960, after the company was bought by Daimler-Benz and in 2009 the Horex name and logo were bought by German company Entwicklungs GmbH.

The following year, a prototype VR6 motorcycle was presented at Intermot. Developed in co-operation with another German company, Weber Motor, the VR6 engine was based on an earlier design by car manufacturer Volkwagen. Unique in the motorcycle world, it featured six cylinders in a very narrow angled (15 degrees) V-configuration and required little more than the space of an inline-four in the frame. The initial prototype also featured a Rotrex compressor, escorted by some impressive performance figures in the range of 200 hp (149 kW). The VR6 Roadster production model finally arrived in 2012, having lost the supercharger and settled in a perfectly satisfying output of 160 hp, with the top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). A Classic model followed, this time detuned to 126 hp (94 kW), featuring a two-tone paint scheme and beautiful Kineo spoked rims that allow for tubeless tires.

The VR6 six cylinder powerhouse is as thin as any inline engine
The VR6 six cylinder powerhouse is as thin as any inline engine

In 2014 Horex unveiled a new limited production model, a VR6 Café Racer 33 with Ohlins suspension and a variety of LSL aftermarket ergal parts. A limited run of 33 Cafe Racers were supposed to be produced, but then the shocking news that the motorcycle-maker had filed for bankruptcy and laid off all its staff last brought all plans to a halt.

Now another revival is at hand.

German 3C Carbon Group (3CC) bought Horex in February and the newowner immediately stated its intention to restart the company. In April Horex announced that it would be able to continue supplying its dealernetwork with spare parts for the two VR6 models sold since 2012.

The latestnews to come from 3CC’s headquarters in Landsberg am Lech, Germany, is that an extensively updated VR6 motorcycle is planned for production assoon as November – just in time for a formal presentation at Milan’s EICMA show.

A new exhaust system and a tail section will highlight the new version of the VR6
A new exhaust system and a tail section will highlight the new version of the VR6

Themotorcycle will use the same 1,215 cc six cylinder engine that powered the company's Roadster and Classic models, pushing out 160 hp (119 kW) as per the higher state of tune used in the Roadstervariation. This enginewill get a new exhaust and a new manifold system in order to beef up its performancecurves, as well as an updated drive train.

The team in charge of this project is also lookingto shave off a considerable amount of weight in an effort to deliver better handling. Given3CC’s extensive expertise in carbon manufacturing for the automotive industry, includingGerman superbike racing teams, we can expect to see plenty of carbon fiber parts on theVR6. The latest announcement also reports several undisclosed changes in aneffort to optimize the motorcycle’s ergonomics.

A first sketch of the new motorcycle was released by Horex exclusively to theGerman Motorrad magazine, showing a model based on the VR6 Classic (below) with thespoked wheels and several visual changes to the headlight and tail design.

The Horex VR6 Classic was the second and last model to be sold before the company went bankrupt in December 2014
The Horex VR6 Classic was the second and last model to be sold before the company went bankrupt in December 2014

Horex says we can expect some surprises. “The debut models have a series of interestingtechnical and conceptual features,” says Karsten Jerschke, 3CC’s managingdirector. “The new Horex are going to be better than ever before." Notice thatthis statement suggests there may be more than onemodel available. Whichever the case, the new VR6 is expected to retain itslimited production, exclusive pricing character. The first generation VR6 cost around€25,000 (US$27,500) in Germany.

See below for an animation explaining the V6 engine structure, along with a clip of the VR6 Classic in action.

Source:Horex

HOREX VR Animation

HOREX VR6 Classic

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1 comment
Tom Lee Mullins
I think this is really neat.
I wonder if they could put this into a small car and make it a pocket rocket? I think that would be cool.