BMW S 1000 RR to deliver key updates for 2023

The covers have come off the race-bred 2023 BMW S 1000 RR performance bike, with key updates delivering a more focused super sports machine thanks to revisions to the engine, suspension, chassis, aerodynamics and electronics.

The new RR features an in-line 4-cylinder engine, an updated version of the current powerplant, delivering peak power of 154kW and maximum torque of 113Nm. Slide control joins the range of features that make up dynamic traction control.

It allows the rider to select two pre-set drift angles when accelerating out of bends. Technically, this is achieved using a steering angle sensor, with the traction control system allowing rear wheel slippage up to the defined lean.

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When the steering angle value is reached, traction control intervenes, reduces slip and stabilises the motorcycle. At the heart of the bike remains the aluminium bridge frame, a welded construction of four gravity die-cast elements.

It integrates the engine, which is inclined forward by 32 degrees as before, as a supporting element. With the aim of optimising flexibility laterally, the main frame of the new RR has been given several openings in the side areas.

The focus during development was also on further increasing riding precision for the chassis. The steering head angle has been flattened out by 0.5 degrees and the offset of the triple clamps reduced by 3mm.

2023 BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR
2023 BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR

The new chassis geometry is accompanied not only by even better riding precision, but also by increased accuracy and clearer feedback from the front wheel. The new brake slide assist function further adds a highly effective innovation for racetrack riders.

As with the new slide control function, this new system is also based on steering angle sensors and allows the rider to set a specific drift angle for so-called braking drifts, while sliding into corners at a maintained speed.

As with the M 1000 RR model, winglets on the new S 1000 RR now ensure the best possible contact of the front wheel with the road, especially when accelerating, by generating aerodynamic downforce and thus, additional load on the wheels.

This assists in reducing the bike’s tendency to do a wheelie while also enabling the rider to brake later, all while increasing the RR’s cornering stability. A redesigned front section and a new, lighter and sportier-looking rear section also feature.

Three new colour schemes are also on offer, including Blackstorm metallic; Style Passion in Racingred non-metallic and the racing-oriented Lightwhite non-metallic/BMW M..

2023 BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR
2023 BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR

The new BMW S 1000 RR is priced at $25,750 plus on-roads and will launch in Australia in the first half of 2023. 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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