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- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 19 April 2017
German giants BMW have confirmed that the HP4 RACE, shown as a concept at last year’s Milan motorcycle show, will go into production – with a cool £68,000 price tag when it goes on sale in September.
Shown for the first time at the Auto Shanghai show in China, the S1000RR-based BMW HP4 RACE features a world superbike specification engine producing 215bhp, carbon fibre wheels and a carbon fibre frame weighing just 7.8kg. A total of 750 of the hand built bikes will be produced and sold on a first come, first served basis through BMW dealerships.
BMW claims that the technology puts the HP4 RACE on a par with some of the best race bikes in the world. The HP4 RACE is for track use only and comes with technology straight from the world superbike paddock, including Ohlins FGR 300 front forks, TTX36 rear shock and Brembo GP4 PR monobloc brake calipers. Weighing just 171kg fully fuelled, this very special motorcycle tips the scales at just a little more than a factory MotoGP bike.
As you would expect, the electronics package is also of the highest order. These are viewed and controlled through a 2D dashboard and includes a datalogger. The rider, or race engineer, can tailor traction control, engine braking and wheelie control in each gear. There’s also functionality for a pit lane speed limiter and launch control.
The HP4 RACE follows in the tyre tracks of a number of exotic race bike specials. In 2015, Honda introduced the MotoGP derived RC213V-S, while last year saw Ducati unveil the 1299 Superleggera. At £68,000, the BMW is the least expensive of the three – although unlike the other two it’s not road legal.
Visit www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk for more information.