As the first BMW model to feature the new R59 Oilhead Boxer Engine, the 1100RS promised massive power with a smooth ride. The engine delivered innovation in two ways. The first, the Oilhead's finned cylinders have conventional air-cooling, but the cylinderheads are oil-cooled. The second differentiation is within the engine. Unlike the ignition of a V-twinoran 180º parallel twin, a boxer engine has equally spaced firing intervals, adding to its smoothness. These advancements took BMW to leader of the pack status in sports touring models and led to the BMW R1100RS being named as the best standard motorcycle of the year in Cycle World, 1994.