China’s intellectual property office has published a design registration revealing what appears to be a new 2019 BMW S1000RR. The design, filed Feb. 23, 2018 with China’s SIPO with a priority filing with Germany’s patent office dated Aug. 23, 2017, reveals a sportbike looking nearly identical to spy photos we published last July.
The new design retains some of the S1000RR’s signature features such as the asymmetrical fairing with a gill-like pattern on the right side and a single opening in the bodywork on the left. The new design, however, does away with the S1000RR’s asymmetric headlights, opting for a pair of matching lights on either side of the central air intake.
As we saw from the prototype in the spy photos, the new design shows a completely different-looking engine. It’s still an Inline-Four, with the four header pipes merging into two before entering a collector likely containing the catalyst and finished off with a silencer that looks quite a bit smaller than the one on the 2018 model.
The chassis has been revised as well with a new frame. We couldn’t get a good look at it in the spy photos but judging by the design illustrations, the frame rises gently from the rear engine mounting plates before suddenly turning up at a steeper angle from just behind the cylinder head. The rear subframe is a new trellis design while the swingarm also appears to be completely new.
We can’t see the instrumentation very clearly but from the sides it appears the S1000RR is getting a rectangular display, no doubt a color TFT screen. The 2019 S1000RR will also likely receive a number of electronic upgrades that make good use of the digital display.
We’ll know more once BMW officially introduces the 2019 S1000RR. We expect to see the 2019 BMW S1000RR at either Intermot in October or EICMA in November.