Top speed of 315 km/h, the first BMW Motorrad M model
The M 1000 RR, the ultimate supersport from BMW, is now available.
The M 1000 RR is based on the pinnacle of the current sport model, the S 1000 RR, and is the most powerful version of the S 1000 RR, which has been infused with the technology and know-how developed on the Superbike World Championship (SBK) racing machines and is the first "M" model on two wheels from BMW.
Completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, the new S1000RR's shift-cam-equipped liquid-cooled straight-four engine delivers 212 horsepower at 14,500 rpm, up 7 hp to 14,500 rpm and more torque in the mid-range. The rev limit has also been increased by 500 rpm to 15,100 rpm.
As a result of the weight reduction, the weight of the motorcycle was reduced by 8 kg (192 kg), and the latest aero-form was designed to achieve a top speed of 315 km/h (circuit gear ratio) and 0-100 km/h acceleration of 3.1 seconds, making it one of the most powerful bikes in its class.
Specially designed engine and chassis for this endurance racer
The engine was upgraded with two-ring pistons, lightweight titanium connecting rods and rocker arms, a revised waterline and reinforced bearing housings for the cylinder head, and a new water line. The intake and exhaust systems also received further improvements.
The chain and sprockets are exclusive to the machine, and the brake system was designed specifically for the race, with a choice of brake pads.
The geometry of the chassis has also been optimized for track use, and the wheelbase has been enlarged to minimize excessive body position changes and to provide greater comfort. Newly designed swing arm pivots provide greater adjustment range.
The rear axle and rear brake are also fitted with a quick-release mechanism for quick pit stop changes, making it possible to change the rear wheel axle and rear brake in a matter of minutes, just like the endurance racer.
M winglets that produce 16kg of downforce
The most striking feature is the carbon M winglets, which create up to 16.3kg of downforce under acceleration. The M winglets generate up to 16.3kg of downforce to reduce front-end lift under acceleration, while also improving front end ground contact and braking stability during turns.A canopy-type high windscreen cuts through the air for maximum efficiency.
In addition to the basic version, the M1000RR is also available with the M Competition Package, which consists of M machined and carbon parts specifically for the race track.
While the 215 horsepower HP4 RACE with a carbon frame and wheels is available as a track-only version, the M1000RR is now the street version of the M1000RR.
The aim is to win the Superbike World Championship
The aim of the M1000RR was to win the Superbike World Championship (SBK). It is said that the performance of the base machine is directly related to the race results in the SBK competition, where riders compete on modified production-based machines.
For this reason, each manufacturer often introduces so-called homologation models (production-approved models), which are limited versions with special enhancements. Examples include Ducati's Panigale V4R and Kawasaki's ZX-10RR. And the newly introduced M-winglets are a clear indication of their aims.
Even a trendy wing needs a homologue first
While feathered winglets have been in vogue in MotoGP for several years now, and through trial and error and regulatory changes have settled on the ducted wings and blister cowls we see today, there is an aero war going on at SBK right now.
Ducati is winning the 2019 season with its huge winged Panigale V4R, and the dominance of winged machines has become clear this season, with Honda introducing the CBR1000RR-R with ducted wings.
However, the SBK is strictly regulated and the form of the production motorcycle cannot be changed, and if a winglets are desired, they must be installed on the homologation model from the beginning.
Conversely, the driving performance and powerful aero form of the SBK racer itself will win the hearts of avid sports enthusiasts, and the racing success of the M1000RR should give BMW a marketing victory as well.
Pricing and release dates are still undecided, but we're guessing that the price will be somewhere between the S1000RR and the HP4 RACE. Stay tuned for more news.