BMW Motorrad unveiled the 2019 S1000RR at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show today. The new motorcycle is the first full-fledged update to the original S1000RR that made its debut almost a decade back. According to BMW officials, three targets had been set before commencing work on the new S1000RR – to be a second quicker than the older bike, 10kg lighter than its predecessor and to have better handling dynamics. As expected from the German brand, it not only achieved this target but managed to supersede them. Powering the motorcycle is an all-new powertrain.
The new engine produces 207hp at 13,500rpm and 113Nm of torque at 11,000rpm. According to BMW, the new motor produces 8hp more and weighs 4kg lesser than the older motor. The powerplant is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and BMW claims a top speed of 299kph (electronically limited) for its new offering. It also gets equipped with BMW ShiftCam Technology, which alters the valve timing and lift on the intake side. To improve rideability, the new powerplant delivers almost 100Nm of torque at just 5,500rpm. Also, the new exhaust system is 1.3kg lighter, despite meeting the stringent Euro-IV emission norms. In terms of electronics, the new S1000RR gets cornering ABS, four ride modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race), a multi-level traction control system, HSC (hill-start control) and a bi-directional quickshifter.
Another new addition on the 2019 BMW S1000RR is the new frame, dubbed the ‘Flex Frame’. The new chassis is slimmer and lighter (by 1.3kg), and the engine acts as a stressed member. Suspension geometry has been altered for improved handling, with increased traction and more feedback to the rider. Suspension hardware has been also updated and electronic suspension with Dynamic Damping Control is an optional extra.
Another major change is the revised styling. The 2019 BMW S1000R junks the asymmetric headlights for a more conventional twin-LED headlight unit. The new litre-class offering looks more compact than its predecessor, with fewer body panels and a stubbier exhaust muffler. Also, the bike gets equipped with a new TFT instrument console.
For the first time, BMW is offering the ‘M Package’ on a motorcycle, and that shaves off a further 3.5kg. It consists of BMW Motorsport paint finish, carbon-fibre wheels, lightweight battery, rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot and Pro Mode.
The 2019 BMW S1000RR will land on our shores via the CBU route and is likely to be launched by mid 2019.