In the world of superbike racing, every millisecond counts and the slightest difference in lap times could mean the difference between winning and losing. For BMW Motorrad, they have further refined the M version of the S 1000 RR and given it a lot of wind tunnel time to achieve what could be the fastest and most aerodynamically-designed superbike in BMW’s stable: the new M 1000 RR.
Built for racing
With the further development of the BMW M 1000 RR, M RR for short, BMW Motorrad is setting a new milestone in the field of superbikes homologated for racing. The new M RR is powered by the familiar liquid-cooled inline-four engine designed for racing, especially the Superbike World Championship. As before, its peak output is 214 PS at 14,500 rpm.
The chassis of the new M RR also relies on the aluminum bridge frame as its centerpiece, supplemented by an upside-down fork and central suspension strut with Full Floater Pro kinematics. The new M 1000 RR is offered in two versions: As the M RR basic variant in the basic paint finish Lighwhite non-metallic and as the M RR M Competition in the basic paint finish Blackstorm metallic.
Lots of carbon fiber, downforce
As mentioned above, BMW engineers spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel to make the M RR the most aerodynamic superbike in their stable. In particular, a newly designed fairing made of exposed visible carbon fiber with a higher windscreen increased the top speed significantly in conjunction with the optimized airflow around the rider.
For the first time, this fairing also comes with a particularly light yet very rigid front fairing support made of carbon fiber. The top speed of the new M RR has increased from 306 to 314 km/h compared to the previous model.
According to BMW, the M Winglets were also completely revised and now generate significantly more aerodynamic downforce, both in an upright riding position and during cornering. In a racing environment, this improvement in downforce means the rider can push the bike further to its limits on straights and during cornering which then can result in faster lap times.
As with all modern BMW motorcycles, the M RR superbike has no shortage when it comes to technology and superb hardware. The valves and exhaust manifold are made of titanium, while a large portion of the fairing is made from carbon fiber.
The M RR also boasts 8 riding modes, including Race Pro 1 to 3. Shift assist pro also comes standard, with the option to reverse it for track use.
M Competition package comes with M GPS Laptrigger and activation code, M milled parts package, M Carbon package, a natural anodized swinging arm that's 220g lighter than the basic variant or that of the S 1000 RR, DLC-coated M Endurance chain, and pillion package including hump cover.
Philippine availability and pricing are yet to be announced by BMW Motorrad Philippines.