The new third-generation BMW S 1000 RR superbike, which is claimed to be “faster, lighter and easier-to-handle” than ever before, is set to become the first ever motorcycle from the German brand to get the famous ‘M’ treatment.
The latter will come in the form of an ex works M package comprising carbon-fibre wheels; a low-weight battery; a chassis kit with rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot; a sport seat; a special riding mode dubbed “Pro Mode”; and, to cap things off, a ‘motorsport’ paint finish.
Making its global debut at last week’s EICMA show in Milan, the hotly-anticipated update of the S 1000 RR features a completely new in-line four-cylinder engine that is 4 kg lighter than before and which also uses BMW’s ShiftCam technology that varies the valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side.
Producing 207 bhp and paired with an overall weight saving of 11 kg, from 208 kg down to 197 kg (193.5 kg with the M Package), the re-design of the S 1000 RR is faster and more agile than ever before – most significantly in styling terms, it ditches the asymmetrical front-end of the previous model.
BMW Motorrad designers also say the new layout of the main frame – called “Flex Frame” – has made it possible to create a much leaner fuel tank and seating area that in turn has created better ergonomics for the rider.
The latter can also choose – via a new 6.5-inch TFT screen – one of four standard riding modes, namely, “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race”.
“Our fascinating brief was to take the predecessor model – which has been a dominating force in all disciplines for 10 years – and significantly improve on its performance. This we translated into straightforward targets: one second faster on the track, more than 10 kg lighter and easier to control. These targets were taken as the basis for every decision,” explains Claudio De Martino, Vehicle Technology Team Leader of the new S 1000 RR.
BMW Motorrad has further announced it intends to enter the refreshed model in the 2019 Superbike World Championship, with 2013 world champion Tom Sykes being paired alongside Superstock 1000 European champion Markus Reiterberger. The team will be run by Britain’s Shaun Muir Racing.