BMW Motorrad drops the HP moniker and goes for the world-famous M
The BMW S1000RR turns 10 and Zie Germans prepared a 2020 model year to leave many superbike addicts drooling.
House Munich’s upcoming superbike gets even more power for the next year, with its 999 cc now rated for 205 hp at 13,000 rpm and a peak torque of 112.6 Nm at 11,000 rpm. The manufacturer says that the bike behaves godly anywhere between 5,000 and 14,600 revs per minute, nevertheless.
The new variable valve timing system is based on the R1250 range Shiftcam technology and provides seamless adjustment of valve lift for enhanced efficiency and reduced emissions, making riding fast around the track easier and more precise than ever.
The swingarm is also derived from BMW’s World Superbike exploits and is teamed with a 46mm shock, with 45mm USD forks at the other end of the machine. The frame is an aluminium composite bridge structure with the engine partially self-supporting.
Braking power comes from dual 320 mm front rotors squeezed by 4-pot fixed calipers, complemented by a 220 mm single-piston floating caliper in the back. The BMW partly-integral ABS is standard and can be switched off. RACE, RAIN, ROAD and DYNAMIC modes are vailable, but activating the RACE engine mode disengages the ABS completely.
Cast aluminium 17” wheels are standard, as is the aluminium fuel tank, anti-hopping clutch, TFT display, drop sensor and dynamic traction control. The standard features list also includes Gear Shift Assist Pro, all-LED lights, a steering damper and Torque Control Assist. The new S1000RR is also ready for the GP Gear Shift Pattern.
With the 2020 model year, BMW also drops the HP moniker for their top-of-the line bikes. The two iconic letters are replaced by an even mightier suffix, borrowed from the automotive segment. Yes, it’s the M!
The M package shaves almost 3.5 kilos from the S1000RR to an incredible 193.4 kg. You get the Motorsport finish alongside M carbon fiber rims, an M lightweight battery, a sport seat with passenger seat cowl and adjustable geometry thanks to the M swingarm pivot. Also, the M package comes with a Race Pro set of riding modes (1-3) with the company’s latest track-focused eletronic aids, such as DTC +/- Shift, ABS Settings, engine mappings, wheelie and slide control, plus a host of other goodies.
Prices for the M version of the 2020 BMW S1000RR are not known yet, but the base machine starts at $16,995.