One of the ultimate track-only motorcycles money can buy at the moment is the all-carbon fibre BMW HP4 Race. The motorcycle is a must-have for track day enthusiasts who want to experience outstanding performance at its peak.
Like any performance-oriented motorcycle, the engine is the highlight. The BMW HP4 Race is powered by a 999cc, liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine that cranks out 212bhp and 120Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox with Lohmann HP Shift Assist Pro helps the rider get all that power to the rear wheel.
Figures might not tell much, but combine those values mentioned above with a motorcycle that weighs only 146kg (dry) is a potent mix. Generous use of carbon fibre has helped reduce weight and to add to the strength; the German manufacturer has used titanium bolts throughout.
The motorcycle even comes fitted with a WSBK swingarm and a full titanium exhaust (Akrapovic). Top-of-the-line Ohlins take care of suspension duties at both ends.
Now, coming to the important bit — engine life. BMW claims that the HP4 Race needs a complete engine rebuild every 5,000km. The entire engine will have to be replaced, which is approximately after 12 track days.
BMW has not revealed how much the new engine will cost, but given the fact that the HP4 Race is an expensive motorcycle, an engine rebuild will not be cheap. But what the German two-wheeler manufacturer has confirmed is that the new engine will come certified from the company and will also be run-in, which means you can take it straight to the track and race it as soon as the new engine is fitted.
The BMW HP4 Race is no doubt one of the ultimate track bikes money can buy. What may seem to keep a customer worried or thinking twice will be the engine rebuild interval. The HP4 Race may even end up as a collector's item in many instances, owing to the bike's limited production and sheer exclusivity of owning a potent track bike.