BMW revealed an updated S1000RR with restyled bodywork, reduced weight and increased power.
The S1000RR made a big splash when it was first introduced in 2009, impressing with its power numbers and winning our 2010 Motorcycle of the Year award. The new S1000RR promises even better performance figures, claiming a peak output of 199 hp, (6hp more than the previous model). Torque still tops out at 83 ft-lb but BMW says the torque curve is more linear with a wider plateau beatween 9500 rpm and 12000 rpm. BMW says it also trimmed 8.8 pounds off the S1000RR, claiming a weight – with fuel – of 449.7 pounds, for an improved power-to-weight ratio.
The performance upgrade stems from a redesigned cylinder head with new duct geometry, intake camshaft and lighter intake valves. The airbox and intake were modified with a shorter intake length. The new exhaust system also contributes to the power and torque characteristics while weighing 6.6 pounds lighter than the previous exhaust.
The chassis incorporates a new, lighter frame with updated steering head angle, wheel castor, wheelbase and swingarm pivot point. BMW claims the updates increase traction and feedback.
The suspension system is fully-adjustable with updated negative spring travel for more banking clearance. The S1000RR is also available with the optional Dyanmic Damping Control electronic suspension system introduced on the HP4.
The S1000RR comes standard with Rain, Sport and Race ride modes, but adding the Pro option adds Slick and User modes as well as launch control. Other optional electronic features include gear shift assist, dynamic traction control and, for the first time in a superbike, cruise control. ABS and automatic stability control are available as standard.
The 2015 BMW S1000RR will be offered in three color schemes: Racing Red/Light White, Black Storm Metallic and BMW Motorsport.