BMW Motorrad's new entry in the supersport motorcycle sector made its debut at the Italian round of the World Superbike Championship at Monza, where Europe's largest motorcycle manufacturer unveiled its new S 1000 RR model - the production version of its World Superbike racer.
After several years of planning, design and development, BMW Motorrad has reached a new level with the S 1000 RR. The power-to-weight ratio, along with optional Race ABS and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) technologies, have contributed to attaining a new benchmark in terms of riding dynamics, safety and innovation.
With power output of 193hp at 13000rpm and peak torque of 82.5 lb-ft at 9750 rpm, the bike is the most powerful in its class.
The S 1000 RR weighs 455 lb in road trim. With a full tank, this is the lightest supersport bike with ABS in the 1000cc class. The dry weight is 403 lb.It has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.
The optional Race ABS gives outstanding braking performance and safety. The weight of the entire system is just 5.5 lb, which compares favorably to the competitor systems weighing up to 20 lb.
Optional DTC Dynamic Traction Control, in conjunction with the Race ABS, provides optimum performance and maximum `active' safety under acceleration.
The S 1000 RR is the only supersport machine to offer these technologies in combination.
S 1000 RR has various riding `modes' available at the touch of a button, to optimize performance on wet surfaces, regular roads, race tracks with sports tires, and race tracks with slicks.
These four riding modes provide an all-round set-up, coordination and balance for the ABS, DTC and engine management.
The engine features high speed, ultra-strong valve drive with individual cam followers and titanium valves, following the example of BMW's Formula 1 engines.
The innovative exhaust system has a short rear muffler, pre-silencer and electronic interference pipe flaps, as well as a fully controlled exhaust gas manifold and two three-way catalytic converters.
The S 1000 RR has supreme aerodynamics and sporting ergonomics that are ideal for riders of all sizes.
The optional HP Gearshift Assistant enables riders to `speed shift' up through the gears without using the clutch and without interruption to torque or pulling power.
BMW Motorrad's objectives while developing the S 1000 RR were to produce a stiff yet agile chassis, with top handling and supreme traction. The aim was also to reduce the weight of the motorcycle to an absolute minimum. A combination of supreme riding precision and agility as well as unparalleled engine power and performance has been achieved.
The engine has a very compact, narrow cylinder head. Following the example of BMW's Formula 1 engines, the two intake and exhaust valves per cylinder are made of extra-light titanium and are operated by small, and equally light, single cam followers. In conjunction with the short sprocket driving the camshaft via an intermediate gear, this ensures excellent revving qualities at the highest speeds as well as exact maintenance of valve timing combined with very compact dimensions.
The motorcycle also boasts a newly-developed sports ABS featuring four different modes at the touch of a button: "Rain" when faced with varying riding conditions such as wet roads, "Sport" for regular road conditions, "Race" when on a race track with supersport tires and "Slick" when on a race track with slicks. The rider also has the choice of various engine characteristics, again, at the touch of a button. These features combined with the DTC (Dynamic Traction Control system) ensures that active safety is significantly enhanced when braking with the Race ABS developed specifically for the S 1000 RR.
The S 1000 RR stands out from its competitors, with its distinctive design closely reflecting its racing pedigree. Visually, it is exceptionally slender, adding to its sporty appearance. The overall design has a short, low front end and compact rear, emphasizing balanced proportions.
The race version of the motorcycle was unveiled at the Intermot international motorcycle show in October 2008 and has been campaigned by Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus in this year's World Superbike Championship.
The new S 1000 RR will be available in four finishes: Mineral silver metallic, Acid green metallic, Thunder grey metallic and - based on the BMW Motorrad racing colours - Alpine white/Lupine blue/Magma red.
The serial production BMW S 1000 RR is available to order in European BMW Motorrad dealerships, with deliveries expected at the end of the year following its 5 December launch.
The price of the S 1000 RR has yet to be fixed but it will be priced competitively within the 1000cc supersport sector.