There are models that have undoubtedly marked the automotive history, so when a Brand decides to change the basic characteristics of these models we hear it clear and loud.
However, funny enough, sometimes these historic changes come almost unnoticed.
I am sure that if I’d speak about the new water-cooled engine of an historic German vehicle, that built a good part of its heritage on the air-cooled boxer engine, then you’d think about the 996 generation of the Porsche 911 that broke the tradition back in 1998. However, in 2013 the history almost repeated itself with the “new” BMW R1200GS. As Porsche did, the BMW GS also built its thirty-years lasting reputation on a famous German air-cooled boxer engine.