2023 BMW M 1000 R confirmed

It’s been nearly two years since BMW first debuted the M 1000 RR, its first motorcycle to carry the company’s high-performance M brand. We knew it wouldn’t be the first, though, after we broke the news that BMW had trademarked the name along with “M 1000 XR” and “M 1300 GS.” What we didn’t expect was for the next M-branded motorcycle to be based on the S 1000 R.

That now looks to be the case, as a new M 1000 R model has appeared in vehicle certification documents in Switzerland and Germany. The M 1000 RR isn’t alone, however, as the same documents confirm BMW will also be introducing an updated S 1000 RR with a revised engine.

German vehicle emissions data includes information on a new BMW M 1000 RR and an updated S 1000 RR with a listed power output of 154 kW (about 206.5 hp).

The Swiss document lists the M 1000 R and S 1000 RR both producing 206.5 hp at 13,750 rpm. That’s not quite on par with the M 1000 RR’s listed 209 hp at 14,500 rpm, but a slight bump from the current S 1000 RR’s claimed 204 hp at 13,500 rpm and a sizeable jump from the S 1000 R’s claimed 162 hp at 11,000 rpm.

Peak torque is listed at 83.3 lb-ft. at 11,000 rpm. That’s the same as the current S 1000 RR, but differs from the S 1000 R’s 84 lb-ft. at 9,250 rpm. This suggests the M 1000 R’s 999cc engine will have the same tuning as the S 1000 RR, and not the current S 1000 R’s more streetable tuning. It also suggests the M model will adopt BMW’s ShiftCam variable valve timing system.

Both the updated S 1000 RR and the M 1000 RR share the same peak horsepower and torque figures, suggesting they share the same engine including the ShiftCam variable valve timing system. The current S 1000 R does not use ShiftCam.

While the peak output is the same for both M 1000 R and S 1000 RR, the M bike has higher values for carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides emissions, suggesting a different exhaust system, which should be no surprise for an M model.

The new S 1000 RR’s final drive ratio and 57.3-inch wheelbase are the same as the M 1000 RR, which it achieved via a longer chain and by swapping out the current S 1000 RR’s 45-tooth rear sprocket with a 46-tooth sprocket. The M 1000 R’s final drive ratio suggests a 47-tooth sprocket, and it has an even longer wheelbase at 57.9 inches, a 0.2-inch increase over the S 1000 R.

The Swiss document also lists the M 1000 R as having a 200/55 ZR 17 rear tire, just like the M 1000 RR. The S 1000 RR however stays with the 190/55 ZR 17 tire. It’s not explicitly mentioned in the documentation, but we can expect the M 1000 R to employ carbon rims as well as the same M-branded brakes as the M 1000 RR.

BMW has backed away from the major international motorcycle shows in recent years, but it’s expected to have a presence at Intermot in October. We suspect the M 1000 R and S 1000 RR will be announced in the weeks ahead, and at least one of them will be at the Cologne show.


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