One of the world’s best sports bikes just got a whole lot of improvements with the sole aim of being king of the litre sports bikes. Meet the 2019 BMW S1000RR.
BMW’s S1000RR was hardly lacking in power, but for 2019 the new BMW S1000RR gets a power hike up to a whopping 207bhp at 13,500rpm at the crank, and 113Nm of torque at 11,000rpm. It will rev to a heady 14,600rpm before the rev-limiter.
Perhaps more useful for road riders is the 100Nm of torque that’s available from 5500rpm to 14,500rpm, giving a huge spread of torque for road riders.
Claudio De Martino, Vehicle Technology Team Leader of the BMW S1000RR said: “Our fascinating brief was to take the predecessor model – which has been a dominating force in all disciplines for 10 years – and significantly improve on its performance. This we translated into straightforward targets: one second faster on the track, more than 10 kg lighter and easier to control. These targets were taken as the basis for every decision. The result is a fascinating new motorcycle that exceeds the targets we set ourselves and will once again set the benchmark.”
The chassis is smaller and lighter and features what BMW is calling Flex Frame to mount the engine in the frame as a load bearing structure. BW say it allows maximum room for riders between the seat, handlebars and footrests, and is designed to be much narrower at the base of the fuel tank.
As well as being 10kg lighter than the older bike, the engine itself weighs some 4kg lighter and still features the proven in-line four-cylinder lay out. But, like the new BMW R1250GS the S1000RR features BMW’s ShiftCam technology which acts like a variable valve system, meaning the bike is torquey at low revs on one cam profile, and shifts seamlessly to another cam profile at large throttle openings to give maximum power.
We were massively impressed with the ShiftCam system on the new R1250GS when we tested it a few weeks ago, and can’t wait to try it on the BMW S1000RR.
One look should tell you that BMW have finally restyled the BMW S1000RR and it loses that slightly awkward look with different shaped headlights on each side that has been a staple of the S1000RR since it was introduced back in 2009.
As you’d expect from a top-of-the-range BMW, riding modes are available to flick between Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race. It also gets a six-axis IMU to control wheelies, traction control, cornering braking and hill start control. Race Pro modes offer a whole new list of modes and with the optional race pro plug in, riders can also select and adjust the level of engine braking required on road and track. All the controls and systems are run through a full-colour 6.5inch TFT screen with multiple menus, track displays and the ability to adjust settings.
Like the older S1000RR BMW have fitted the new bike with Shift Assist Pro which acts like a quickshifter system up and down so in theory you only have to use the clutch to pull away and when stopping. Launch control and a pit lane limiter is also fitted as standard.
Suspension is lighter than before and optimised traction. BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control system is also available as an option.
And if that’s not enough, BMW will be offering and S1000RR fitted with an M Package, as per their M-series cars. The S1000RR weighs in at 193.5kg, compared to 197kg for the standard bike.
BMW’s faith in its new creation has seen it announce a factory supported team in the 2019 Superbike World Championship, with 2013 world champion Tom Sykes being joined by FIM Superstock 1000 champion Markus Reiterberger in a team run by the British SMR outfit.