BMW launches scintillating duo of M bikes

BMW Motorrad has launched the new M 1000 RR superbike alongside their first-ever M 1000 R, with both bikes set to land in Australia in early 2023. The former, now in its second iteration, takes performance to the next level.

Featuring a new aerodynamic package and raft of track-focused upgrades, the M RR is powered by the familiar race-bred water-cooled inline 4-cylinder engine, delivering 156kW of power.

The chassis relies on the aluminium bridge frame as its centrepiece, supplemented by an upside-down fork and central suspension strut with full floater pro kinematics. The new M 1000 RR is offered in two versions.

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Its basic version comes in Lightwhite non-metallic, while an M Competition offering is available in Blackstorm metallic. The increased potential of the new M RR results from the colossal advancement in the critical area of aerodynamics.

In particular, a newly designed fairing made of exposed visible carbon fibre with a higher windscreen increases the top speed significantly, in conjunction with optimised airflow around the rider.

2023 BMW M 1000 RR M Competition
2023 BMW M 1000 RR M Competition

For the first time, this fairing also comes with a particularly light yet rigid front fairing support made of carbon fibre. The top speed of the new M RR has increased from 306 to 314km/h compared with the previous model too.

In the course of aerodynamic development, the M winglets were also completely revised. They now generate significantly more aerodynamic downforce, both in an upright riding position and when banking.

Greater lean angles and higher cornering speeds also benefit from a reduced wheelie tendency. For the first time, the front wheel also features brake cooling air ducts made of visible carbon fibre.

These are integrated into the new front mudguard, which has been optimised for improved airflow around the fork legs and brake callipers. M aero wheel covers – also made of visible carbon fibre – lower air resistance even further, especially at speeds above 250km/h.

The brake covers are reserved for the M RR M Competition variant. Both score new M Carbon wheels though, while a newly designed rear section makes for a lighter, sportier and more dynamic look.

The short number plate holder and the ergonomically designed M Endurance seat also represent new features. Pricing for the M 1000 RR kicks off at $52,440 plus on-roads, with the M Competition version from $59,990 plus on-roads.

2023 BMW M 1000 R
2023 BMW M 1000 R

BMW’s first ever M 1000 R features a modified water-cooled 4-cylinder in-line engine based on the power unit of the S 1000 RR. Its peak power output is 154kW, which represents a 33kW increase on the S 1000 R.

Maximum torque of 113Nm ensures increased rear wheel traction in all gears, with further assistance from a shorter secondary gear ratio through the use of a sprocket with 47 teeth. In addition, gear ratios for the fourth, fifth and sixth gears are also shorter.

The new M 1000 R also features winglets on the front side panels, for even faster lap times on the racetrack and the best possible riding stability at high speeds. The suspension and chassis are based on the S 1000 R with the aluminium bridge frame as the centrepiece.

The front wheel is controlled by an upside-down fork with a 45mm sliding tube diameter in an “All Black” design. It is equipped with closed cartridge inserts and separate hydraulic piston-cylinder systems.

Another new feature of the M 1000 R is the additional adjustability of the fork’s spring base in conjunction with the standard dynamic damping control. It also features an upper triple clamp with an elaborately milled-over handlebar clamp.

2023 BMW M 1000 R
2023 BMW M 1000 R

A black aluminium tubular handlebar, with a wider design than previously seen on the S 1000 R and with lasered “BMW M 1000 R” lettering also features, as do handlebar end mirrors forged from aluminium.

New M brake callipers and an adjustable steering damper are also included. Together with two 5mm thick 320mm brake discs, black anodised aluminium brake disc carriers, and a new radial hand brake pump, it marks the pinnacle of brake development.

The new M 1000 R is also equipped with lightweight forged aluminium wheels as standard, with exclusive M Carbon wheels offered as part of the M Competition package. A new brake slide assist function enables a brake drift into corners with a constant and controlled slide.

The instrument cluster sports a dynamic M start-up animation, along with an extended display of the red speed range. The performance-oriented nature of the new M 1000 R is also reflected in its colour concept.

Lightwhite non-metallic/M Motorsport makes the basic variant look particularly light and sporty, while the Blackstorm metallic/M Motorsport colour scheme included in the M Competition package stands for sheer power and dynamism.

TFT display on the 2023 BMW M 1000 R

The M Competition package includes M Carbon wheels, an M rider footrest system, a number of M Carbon parts, and the M pillion package. The 2023 BMW M 1000 R is priced from $32,290 plus on-roads, with the M Competition version at $39,890 plus on-roads.

For further information, please contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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