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BMW Motorrad has unveiled its first motorcycle under its M division, the M1000 RR. It is based on the brand's S1000 RR motorcycle and features a host of new changes over the standard model. The includes lighter parts and updated electronic and aero package.
The BMW M1000 RR is lighter than the S1000 R, which was already the lightest motorcycle in the segment. According to the company, the M1000 RR can be used both for racing and is also street-legal as well.
BMW has used its learnings from the (WSBK) World Superbike Championship in the development of M1000 RR motorcycle. As a result, it is also homologated to meet the FIM WSBK specifications.
Starting with the engine, the M1000 RR uses the same 999cc in-line four engine from the S1000 RR. However, it now features ShiftCam technology with variable valve timing, 2-ring forged pistons, titanium connecting rods and lighter rocker arms; among others.
All of which has resulted in the same engine now producing a maximum of 210bhp at 14,500rpm and a peak torque of 113Nm at 11,000rpm. The engine on the M model produces more power in the mid-range between 6,000rpm and 15,100rpm, which is important while racing on tracks.
The gearbox is also optimised for a better mid-range on the M1000 RR. It continues a six-speed unit that features a slip-assist clutch and a bi-directional quickshifter for seamless and quicker up and downshifts without the use of a clutch.
The M1000 RR also features a whole host of M-spec components which is responsible for its 192 kg of kerb weight. This includes a complete titanium exhaust system with exhaust manifold from Akrapovic, carbon-fibre wheels and M-spec brakes; among others.
However, the highlight of the M1000 RR is its updated aero package to handle the new power. It features new winglets that will help in keeping the wheel grounded while accelerating and hard braking. This will help the rider get in and out of corners carrying a lot of speed. Another change to the aerodynamic of the motorcycle is its updated windscreen that is now taller offering better airflow over the rider.
The chassis of the motorcycle has been tweaked to offer improved riding dynamics. The wheelbase has increased from 1441mm on the S1000 RR to 1457mm on the M RR, because of a longer swingarm. The pivot point for the swingarm can be adjusted to suit the various race tracks around the world.
Suspension duties are handled by a 45mm USD forks at the front and a mono-shock setup at the rear. Both suspension units are fully adjustable for preload, rebound and compression and feature the brand's Full Floater Pro kinematics technology.
Braking duties are handled by M-spec units from Nissin at both ends. Setup at the front includes twin 320mm disc with radially mounted four-piston callipers, while the rear gets a single 220mm unit with two-piston calliper.
The M RR features a 6.5-inch TFT display for the instrument cluster. It supports M GPS data logger and M GPS lap trigger for additional race data. The M motorcycle features a whole host of the electronics package.
This includes seven different riding modes: 'Rain', 'Road', 'Dynamic', 'Race' and 'Race Pro1-3'. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with DTC wheelie function with a 6-axle sensor, Launch Control, Pit-Lane-Limiter, Hill Start Control Pro, Two adjustable characteristics for throttle curves, adjustable engine braking, and the BMW Motorrad Race ABS Pro.
The M1000 RR continues to feature the same design as the S1000 RR standard motorcycle. It features twin-pod LED headlamps with integrated DRLs, LED tail lamp, large rear-view mirrors mounted on the fairing along with carbon-fibre front and rear fenders. Most components of the M1000 RR is finished in carbon-fibre making it one of the lightest motorcycle that BMW has ever made.
The new M RR also features the brand's racing colours. This includes the light white solid paint and M Sport colour scheme which is light blue, dark blue and red. Additionally, it features a granite grey finish on the engine covers and the fuel filler cap painted black.
BMW Motorrad has priced the M 1000 RR at £31,000 which translates to Rs 29.16 lakh based on current conversion rates excluding duties. This is approximately twice the standard S 1000 RR motorcycle. Whether the M1000 RR will make to the Indian shores, remains to be seen.
Thoughts About The BMW M1000 RR Unveiled
The BMW S1000 RR was known for its lightness in the superbike world. However, the company has managed to shave off more weight on the new M1000 RR.
BMW has loaded its first M division motorcycle with best-in-class hardware, electronics and aero package. This makes the M1000 RR unique as the racer can come out of the tracks, and ride on streets on the same motorcycle.