BMW announces it will be launching 5 new Heritage models... today!

BMW will present 5 new 'world premieres' in an online presentation, including new variants of the recently-launched BMW R 18 cruiser

BMW R 18 cruiser

The cancellation of the EICMA show may mean we aren’t getting to see them up close and personal for the time being but that hasn’t stopped the so-called ‘launch season’ from continuing unabated with BMW the latest to confirm a time and place for its 2021 model presentation.

Better still, we won’t have long to wait - just a few hours, in fact - as BMW will be revealing 5 new models from its ‘Heritage’ sphere, which it is dubbing a world premiere at 18.00CEST (17.00GMT).

For now we only have that word and a photo of the shiny new 1800cc Boxer engine currently nestled in the BMW R 18 to go on, but it means we can be sure new variants of BMW’s new cruiser will make up one or more of those five machines.

Recent spy shots suggest a new Touring and Bagger version of the BMW R 18 will be making their debut, giving more options and versatility for those won over by the big Bimmer with its lashings of torque and achingly cool retro-inspired design.

As for what else hides under the metaphorical covers is up for debate but we can make an educated guess that the ever-popular R nineT will be getting some more spin-offs to sate those that like their retros pre-customised, as well as some fettling for Euro5 standard, an inevitable theme of the current wave of model updates.

Right now we have four R nineT models available for our perusal - the standard base model, the Scrambler, the Pure and the /5 -  depending on which flavour you like, so these five models could well turn out to be the aforementioned R 18 and a refresh for the four R nineT.

As we say, we won’t have long to find out with a live stream planned across social media in case you wanted to get a look as it happens.

BMW is also teasing ‘special guests’, which we will assume includes Michael van der Mark, who joins the manufacturer’s WorldSBK effort aboard the new BMW M 1000 RR that was revealed in September.