2020 BMW S1000XR is here. Lighter, sharper but no ShiftCam

Walkaround | The XR is 10 kilos lighter and develops 165 horsepower

BMW unveiled the new S1000XR. It has the same engine as the S1000RR race bike, but no ShiftCam technology. The power figure is the same - 165 hp, but less weight means more fun. 

At first sight, all you see is the new front-end, with symmetrical LED headlight this time. Together with the side-panels, it creates a sharper-looking, more aggressive bike.  

But it’s not just about the looks. Under the red fairing, there’s this new inline-four engine, tuned for mid-range torque, and together with a new transmission gradation, it should offer more than enough usable power for every situation - from the city ride to the race-track. 

The engine is lighter, the swing-arm is lighter, the exhaust is lighter - BMW managed to drop 10 kilos, so the new S1000XR sits at 226 kg in running order. 

It also features new ergonomics, the BMW Connectivity Dash and the complete BMW electronics package. 

BMW says that the new S1000XR is “a little better in every way”, so we’re eager to test it. But until then, here’s our walkaround video from the EICMA. 

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