BMW Motorrad has announced its first “M” sports bike dubbed as the M 1000 RR, extending the ideals of BMW M to the superbike segment.
So, what do you get when you throw in an improved engine from the BMW S1000 RR, tuned chassis and suspensions, brakes developed from WSBK experience, winglets that would fit in perfectly at a MotoGP stable, and lastly, a whole bunch of carbon fiber? Oh, just the most powerful bike BMW ever built!
Known for it’s all out performance cars with race track DNA, the German manufacturer’s motorcycle branch, BMW Motorrad, took the wraps off its newest entry into the ‘M’ line up, the M 1000 RR, in a live-streamed event this week. This gorgeous machine does the tag-line justice, capable of pushing to a top speed of 189mph.
Aesthetically, the most striking change is seen on the side fairings, which now sport M carbon winglets for downforce generation, and a GP inspired high windscreen to take care of air passing over, reducing drag. Braking later and accelerating earlier when cornering, without any maximum speed reduction, seems to be the benchmark now. It looks like the promotional pictures of the bike parked in a wind tunnel were no marketing ploy.
So what does it translate to?
BMW M 1000 RR produces a whopping 209HP at 14500rpm and maximum torque of 113 Nm at 11 000 rpm, with the Bavarian firm claiming the powertrain packs more than the engine it replaces, especially between 6,000 rpm and 15,100 rpm. Due to the additional downforce from the winglets(16.3 Kg) and the smart electronics onboard, the dynamic traction control is employed less, thus improving lap times.
It keeps the S1000RR’s six-speed gearbox equipped with Shift Assistant Pro for clutchless gear shift, optimizable from standard to GP shift. The anti-hopping clutch works without self-reinforcement to deliver a smooth launch while a six-axis inertial measurement unit feeds information for smart traction and wheelie control.
A whole bunch of riding modes is available to cater to every rider’s need, whether it be a track or a normal road. Creature comforts aren’t entirely forgotten in favor of a circuit, and features like Hill Start Control Pro, the USB charging socket in the rear, and heated grips are quality touches.
All this is housed in the aluminum bridge frame with two inverted forks, a reworked central spring strut, and an adjustable swingarm with Full Floater Pro kinematics. A sprocket with an extra tooth, a lengthened chain, and a wheelbase for a shorter ratio completes the drive-train upgrades before the aforementioned carbon takes over. M branded wheels and brakes come as standard now.
If all this still doesn’t scratch that exclusivity itch of yours, BMW Motorrad is offering the M Competition package for M 1000 RR superbike including M GPS lap trigger and M GPS data logger, M milled parts package, M carbon package, a lighter swingarm, DLC-coated M Endurance chain and tail-hump cover.