One second faster on the track, 22 lbs (10 kg) lighter, and easier to control.
That was the blueprint for the redesigned S 1000 RR that BMW unveiled for the first time at EICMA in Milan on Tuesday.
Nine years in the making, the bike is new from the ground up. If the first S 1000 RR turned the world of superbikes on its head in 2010, then BMW has crafted a worthy successor. It certainly drew massive media attention.
BMW like it so much they’re going to enter it in the FIM World Superbike Championship next season, too.
It all begins with the engine, which is now a stressed member. It uses the now-familiar variable valve technology first seen in the 2019 GS and RT.
Weighing almost 9 lbs (4 kg) less than its predecessor, the 4-cylinder inline puts out a claimed 205 horses (151 kW) in the slightly detuned USA model (Europe gets 207 hp/152 kW.) That’s closing in on a ten-horsepower bump.
Paired with a performance-improving new air intake passage and and exhaust that weigh 2.8 lbs (1.3 kg) less, you can see how the stripped-down weight and a juiced-up engine combine to give the new RR appreciably more oomph.
The new Flex Frame (everything is new on this bike) was designed for better ergonomics and more efficient load distribution. The rear suspension now incorporates what BMW calls “Full Floater Pro kinematics,” which they don’t explain.
Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) comes as an option. The new frame design allows for a narrower fuel tank.
That’s the mechanical side, more or less. Then there’s the technical gadgetry. Given that the S 1000 RR is a flagship machine, you just knew they BMW was going throw everything at it. They don’t disappoint.
Behind a lot of the riding aids is a “6-axis sensor cluster.” It governs the Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and the ABS Pro (the Pro part adjusts braking when the bike is leaned, not just going in a straight line), which are standard. So too is DTC Wheelie Function.
There’s Shift Control and and Cruise Control, and the shift pattern can be reversed.
The riding modes thing gets a bit complicated. Rain, Road, Dynamic, and Race come standard. There’s an option for Pro Modes, of which there are three. These can be custom-programed using DTC, ABS Pro, throttle modulation, wheelie control, and engine braking. Launch Control comes with a Pro Mode option.
The screen is a color TFT (Thin Film Transfer,) of course, but it’s a whopping 6.5″. It’s programmable too, naturally.
Finally, for the first time, BMW is offering a M option and M accessories (rather like their cars). Included are Motorsport paint finish, M carbon fibre wheels, M light weight battery, M Chassis Kit with rear ride height adjustment, and swingarm pivot, M sport seat, and Pro Mode.
A wet BMW S 1000 RR weighs 434 lbs (197 kg), which means they chopped 32 lbs off of the original RR. The M package weighs even less, 426 lbs (193.5 kg.)
Price? Availability? No word so far.