BMW Motorrad exhibits its first M model — the M 1000 RR
BMW Motorrad is going all guns blazing with the M 1000 RR, which is based on its litre-class sibling, the S 1000 RR. This marks the first ever M-badged motorcycle to be produced by the German automaker. The new bike has undergone the classic ‘more power, less weight’ treatment along with some aerodynamic tweaks to the body panels, such as the addition of winglets, as well. This homologation special M iteration is ready to go racing in all forms including WSBK.
While the M Sport package on the S 1000 RR is already quite mental, the M 1000 RR takes thing up a notch. The inline-four 999cc motor now puts out 209bhp and at 14500rpm and 113Nm at 11000rpm, 5bhp more than the S 1000 RR M Sport. The M 1000 RR also drops 1.5 kilogrammes over the M Sport to weigh in at 192 kilogrammes, thanks to new forged pistons and a lighter combustion chamber and rocker arms. The M 1000 RR also incorporates titanium exhaust valves. The Akrapovic exhaust itself is also machined out of titanium to ensure lightweight compostion.
The new bike also features aerodynamic winglets, like the ones seen on the Ducati Panigale V4 range, as is customary for flagship track-oriented performance superbikes today. The M 1000 RR will sport seven riding modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race and three modes of Race Pro, which is exclusive to the M mode. It will also get a bi-directional quickshifter, hill start assist, launch control and a pitlane limiter. It will be the first bike from the BMW Motorrad stable to sport M Sport brake rotors and callipers sourced from Nissin. The M 1000 RR will feature carbon wheels, a GPS lap timer and the M Carbon package. Essentially, BMW has thrown everything in its arsenal at this motorcycle to ensure this bike performs optimally on the track.
We expect the BMW Motorrad M 1000 RR to be priced in the ballpark of around Rs 50 lakh (ex-showroom), similar to its closest rival, the Ducati Panigale V4 R. A proper tiff between these two motorcycles will be quite the show.