THE new BMW S 1000 RR is receiving its world premiere at the Intermot 2014 motorcycle fair, and more importantly, it’s set to head down under in early 2015, bringing with it refined torque of 113 Nm, an increase in engine output of 146 kW (199 hp), plus a reduction in weight to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel and Race ABS (making allowances for equipment).
The superbike that first debuted in 2009 is entering a new generation, and elicits sharper performance, is more rider-friendly, and is set to excel in every respect.
It will hit the road (and track) with an optimised drivetrain for even greater performance and rideability, and a new frame structure and chassis geometry for superior riding precision and even better handling, which can be further improved Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) from the HP4 as an ex-works option.
Three riding modes will be available as standard, plus two more available for fine-tuned adjustment with the Pro riding mode feature (which will be standard under Australian specifications).
There’ll be refined control system set-up, with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with precision calibration, and the new RR leaves the factory with Race ABS (semi-integral) as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) included as standard.
Significantly, it’s the first ever superbike with cruise control, and will feature an innovative instrument cluster design, new electrical system and lighter battery, and for the first time, the RR is now also available with an electronic speed control for staying within the current speed limits.
Last, but by no means least, there is the completely restyled bodywork that speaks an even more dynamic design language.
The principle of the asymmetric headlight arrangement on the outgoing model has been retained as a characteristic distinguishing feature, yet the headlights have been repositioned and restyled to ensure that the new RR is recognisable as “new” at first glance.
The dynamic design with its sporty, aggressive feel is given further impact by colour schemes with three very individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and the BMW Motorsport colours.
The Australian Standard Specification includes Race ABS, Ride Modes, HP Gear Shift Assist Pro, Pin stripe wheels (non-HP forged wheels only), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), Ride Mode Pro, and Cruise Control.
Optional Equipment includes DDC (Dynamic Damping Control), Heated Grips, LED Indicator, HP forged wheels, Pillion Seat Cover, and Alarm.
Pricing will be announced closer to the Australian launch.