Prestigious debuts for Birmingham Motor Show

Porsche is previewing its 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, designed by Porsche head designer Harm Lagaay. The six-speed manual transmission has been redesigned in this model to handle the extra torque generated from the car’s 450hp powerplant. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.6-litre flat six engine. The electric folding roof closes in 20 seconds. The Turbo S comes with a removable aluminium hardtop, weighing 33kg. There will be a special edition Dark Olive metallic model. The cars retail at £105 000.

BMW will unveil its first superbike, the K1200 S, designed by BMW designer David Robb. It has been created to reflect the new design philosophy of the group’s motorbike division BMW Motorrad, which is ‘to create motorcycles with more power that are lighter in weight and have increased agility’. Billed as the most powerful bike ever produced by BMW, the K1200 S has a 1157cc 4-cylinder, in-line engine that develops 160hp. The bike’s transverse engine has a forward tilt of 55 degrees, while the front suspension system has two parallel ‘links’ instead of telescopic forks.

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