Horex VR6 Roadster Begins Road Testing
VR6 engine sounds "electrifying"
The supercharged 1200cc Horex VR6 Roadster is being tested on private courses, rural roads and racetracks. The testing team consists of two work groups, one focusing on the VR6 engine and the other on the Roadster’s chassis.
“In this phase of the test series we mainly wanted to determine whether the current suspension configuration, basic geometry and engine tuning are correctly matched,” says Hennes Fischer, head of Horex product development. “It’s a big step from computer calculations and engine tuning on the dynamometer to a perfectly functioning bike.”
The test unit won’t be exactly the same as the finished product, as the developers are using some commercially-available components for the sake of efficiency. Other components like the exhaust system, are not ready for series production. Though the exhaust won’t be the same as what will be on the production version, Horex says its development team is excited about the sound of the VR6 engine.
“It’s an electrifying blend of six-cylinder smoothness with a deep and raspy wild-animal snarl that comes from the ignition sequence of the 15 degree V-angle,” says Fischer. “Harmonizing with this is the whining sound of the compressor. Truly amazing!”