Ah, speculation of the new WC ! Whats interesting from the brief review of the new WC is that, German engineers on hand in South Africa were quick to say that the measuring stick used for the new R1200GS was, in fact, the old one. Simply because they felt it was already the best adventure-touring bike available. Well, Im now in the market for another GS (had to sell my mine more than a year ago) which, puts me in the perfect storm to get the tried & proven AC version or new WC, and that can only be decided by me test riding both and not based on some journalists opinion/ride report. Anyway, my final decision will not be based on cost, but rather the aggregate/sum total of the overall differences between the two (one thing for sure, is that the increased power of the new WC doesnt interest me, because the 2009 and above ACs have plenty of real world power for my wants and needs).