Based on the R 1200 S Sports Boxer that competed successfully in endurance races this season, the new HP2 Sport bristles with high-end, top-quality racing parts. It's the third model in the BMW HP `High Performance' range, and the new model has the most powerful Boxer engine ever. This has been achieved through the complete redesign of the cylinder heads to create the first Boxer engine with double overhead camshafts. This allows the engine to reach higher revs, generating more power. Achieving over 128hp at 8750rpm and 85 lb/ft of torque at 6000rpm, the engine packs a punch. With a dry weight of just 392 lb, the bike's power to weight ratio promises impressive performance.
The HP2 Sport has been designed with components originally developed from lessons learnt in Endurance racing. For instance, the frame has been strengthened and the HP2 Sport is the first production motorcycle to be available for road use with a quick-shifter. This enables fast gear changes without easing off the throttle or operating the clutch, making for a smoother, faster ride. The bike also has a close-ratio, six-speed gearbox for maximum acceleration. Continuing its race credentials, the HP2 Sport comes with a light-weight carbon fiber fairing, including a self-supporting seat unit.
Further innovation includes a MotoGP-style dashboard, forged aluminium wheels, Brembo brakes with radially-mounted calipers and special hlins front and rear suspension, making the bike track ready.
The endurance racing features are clear. A first for a Boxer engine, the new stainless steel two-into-one exhaust system is placed under the oil sump, guaranteeing optimum lean angles. The HP2 Sport also comes complete with adjustable footrests, brake and gear levers to allow the optimum riding position for both racing and the road.
Although racing potential is clearly at the forefront of the HP2 Sport, this does not mean forgoing safety features such as ABS. Available on request, this sophisticated anti-lock system has been configured to be switched off for track use.