2024 BMW M 1000 XR Prototype Unveiled

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

A “long-distance sportbike”... with wings!

Photo: BMW
Photo: BMW

BMW Motorrad has taken the covers off the third in its line of M models – the BMW M 1000 XR. Actually, this is the M 1000 XR prototype, but it gives you a good idea of what to expect from BMW’s latest M model. If you’re unsure what to make of this, let BMW guide you – “it’s a…supersports motorcycle that excels in all riding disciplines: winding roads, long-distance touring, and track use.”

The same four-cylinder engine found in the S 1000 RR supersport is plucked from that bike and planted right into this one, with BMW’s ShiftCam variable valve timing and variable valve lift giving it a claimed output of more than 200 hp. Weighing in at 492 lbs ready-to-ride (even lighter with the optional M Competition Package), BMW says the M 1000 XR prototype can reach a top speed of 174 mph. And while we can’t confirm it, BMW ace Peter Hickman flogged the M XR for a demonstration lap during this week’s Isle of Man TT, where he was the first person to hit 200 mph in the speed traps aboard his M 1000 RR superbike. Whether he hit 174 mph on the XR is yet to be confirmed.

Naturally, since BMW calls this a superbike for the roads, it’s not complete without a set of wings. BMW doesn’t tell us how much downforce the wings provide other than to state the obvious in that it helps to keep the front end down under acceleration so the traction control doesn’t have to work as hard. Suspension revisions have also been a part of the M 1000 XR transformation, presumably to make it a better weapon on winding roads and on racetracks, but details of the changes will be revealed at a later time.

Lastly, with so much extra performance comes the need to slow it all down. As such, the M 1000 XR gets the same M brakes as its RR and R cousins. Developed directly in World Superbike, the calipers get the distinctive blue anodizing and M logo.

Stay tuned to Motorcycle.com as BMW will publish more information about the 2024 M 1000 XR in the second half of 2023.

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