TODAY was Christmas day for fans of BMW M, with the unveiling of the new M3 and M4. Not to be outdone, BMW Motorrad has doubled down on the delight and released the first ever BMW M bike, which is set to arrive locally early next year.
Weighing in at just 192kg and boasting 156kW of power the 2021 BMW M 1000 RR combines elements derived from BMW’s Superbike Championship program into a race homologation-special based on the all-conquering S 1000 RR.
Its introduction marks the first two-wheel fully fledged BMW M model and will headline development of a strategic partnership between BMW Motorrad and BMW M that has already seen launch of M equipment and M Performance parts.
“Based on the current S 1000 RR, the product contents of the M 1000 RR were consistently aligned with the motor sport requirements from customer sport to WSBK,” said Rudi Schneider, BMW Motorrad head of S and K model series.
“This will be clearly measured in lap times from 2021 on.”
Andreas Lundgren, General Manager of BMW Motorrad Australia, said the release of the new model would strike a chord with the local market.
“We are delighted to announce that next year we will bring in the M RR, the first-ever BMW M model that combines incredible race track developed performance and aggressive looks,” he said.
“We are certain it will resonate with our fans and high-performance enthusiasts here in Australia.”
At the heart of the M 1000 RR is a highly tuned four-cylinder engine, using a water-cooled in-line layout with BMW ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing. Valve lift has also been modified comprehensively for track applications.
It achieves its peak output of 156kW (212hp) at 14,500rpm, while maximum torque of 113Nm is applied at 11,000rpm. In addition, maximum engine speed is increased to 15,100rpm.
The M RR engine also has extensive technical optimisation such as new two-ring forged pistons from Mahle, adapted combustion chambers and compression increased to 13.5.
It also features longer and lighter titanium connecting rods from Pankl, slimmer and lighter rocker arms, fully machined intake ports with new duct geometry and enhancements for the camshafts and intake area.
The exhaust system is also made from titanium, which delivers a weight reduction of 3.5 kilograms compared with the unit fitted to the S 1000 RR. The engine maintains its qualities as a source of power for focused riding on country roads.
In addition to achieving maximum speed, establishing the best possible contact of the wheels with the road especially when accelerating was another key dynamic objective.
The M winglets on the trim front, which were developed during intensive testing on the race track and in BMW Group’s wind tunnel and which are made of clear-coat carbon, produce aerodynamic down force and thus additional wheel loads according to the speed.
The additional down force developed at speed is significant, with 13.4kg generated on the front axle and 2.9kg on the rear at 300km/h. The additional wheel load on the front wheel counteracts wheelie inclination, while traction control regulates power and acceleration.
The effect of the winglets is also noticeable in curves and when braking, with the higher levels of down force allowing for later braking and increased cornering stability. The chassis of the new bike is based on the S 1000 RR with a lightweight bridge frame.
The suspension strut is bespoke to the M RR for unadulterated race performance and replaces the 87.5mm threaded rod unit of the S 1000 RR. The strut is an eccentric strut type with an initial length of 78mm and an adjustment range of 6mm.
The chain and thus effective swinging arm length has been extended by one pair of links, resulting in a revised wheelbase that provides the M RR a solid grounding.
The M RR delivers highly adjustable performance characteristics for both race track and back roads, while providing the rider with exceptional feel thanks to aspects such as brake and starting pitch compensation.
In addition, the top and bottom fork bridges are entirely milled, black anodised and are approximately 20 grams lighter than those used on the S 1000 RR. The new M RR is also the first BMW motorcycle to feature an M brake system.
The system was developed directly from brake designs on BMW Motorrad racing machines in the Superbike World Championship and provides maximum fading stability and controllability.
Externally, the M brake calipers have a blue anodised coating in combination with the M logo. M carbon wheels, which are fitted as standard, provide additional stiffness while lowering un-sprung weight to increase performance potential.
The M RR’s instrument cluster features a high clarity 6.5-inch TFT display and OBD interface that can be used with an activation code for the M GPS data logger and M GPS lap-trigger.
An activation code, which comes as standard, provides comprehensive data material for the use of the M GPS lap-trigger and M GPS data logger (original BMW Motorrad accessories) via the OBD interface of the instrument cluster.
The new model emphasises its racing genes with the light white solid paint/M Sport colour scheme in the basic colours light blue, dark blue and red. Other aesthetic features of the on the bike are the engine covers in granite grey and the fuel filler cap painted in black.
Also available as an Competition package, the up-specced variant provides a combination of elements that seamlessly bring racing technology together with dynamic aesthetics.
In addition to the M GPS lap-trigger software and the corresponding activation code, the M competition package also includes an M milled parts package, M carbon package as well as a silver 220g lighter swinging arm.
A friction-optimised, maintenance-free and DLC-coated M Endurance chain and the passenger package, including tail-hump cover, are also included.
Further specification detail and local pricing information for the first-ever M RR will be announced closer to the Australian launch in early 2021.