April 2012 Issue

First Word: April 2012

The News From Austria

When the Rotax division of Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) rolled out its new 912iS engine at its Gunskirchen, Austria, headquarters in early March, I wasn’t too surprised. From talking to a couple of vendors, I had a pretty good idea of what was coming and the engine more or less lived up to those expectations. Well, okay, there were two surprises. One was how far along the engine really is. It’s basically there. You could hardly open the door of a FIAT 500 (nice handling, no motor) without bumping into an actual engine, a component or some BRPer rolling around in 912iS logo wear. Rotax has obviously been at this awhile and has put in place all the bits and pieces of support you normally don’t expect until an engine is shipping to dealers.

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