In an announcement from BMW Motorrad, we have learnt that production has begun of the new S1000RR superbike ahead of its competitive debut in the World Superbike Championship. The four cylinder motorcycle will displace 998cc and have a dry weight of 183kg, which is a very competitive 403 lb. This should put it on par with the best liter superbikes from Japan.
According to BMW, the engine has a compact, narrow cylinder head. The valves are activated by means of very small, light cam followers that are said to be of Formula 1 dimensions. This construction is said to ensure high engine speeds and allows freedom in engine design in terms of power and torque.
In keeping with BMW's technological bias, the S1000RR will boast an advanced four-mode anti-lock braking system and DTC dynamic traction control. The function of the traction control is apparently a direct development from the World Superbike that will be ridden by Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus in the 2009 championship.
The motorcycle will be available in Mineral silver, Acid green and Thunder grey metallic paint finishes, plus BMW's racing colors of white, red and blue - we predict this will be the most popular livery for the bike.European deliveries are scheduled for the summer and BMW dealers are already taking orders. The price will be 15500 euros in Germany, which is the equivalent of about $20160 at the current exchange rate of 1.3. This is higher than had been originally predicted, with BMW officials claiming it would be priced competitively against its Japanese competition. With a 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 retailing for about $12900, it puts the German machine at a huge premium (although it's still half the price of a Ducati 1098R!).