BMW MOTORRAD AUSTRALIA has today announced availability of the 2010 BMW S 1000 RR, the company's first supersports bike.
Revealed in May last year at Monza’s famed racing circuit, the S 1000 RR supersports bike is BMW's new weapon for the road and the World Superbike Championship.
With a lightweight water-cooled four-cylinder inline power unit producing 142 kW (193 hp) at 13,000 rpm (and revving up to a maximum speed of 14,200 rpm), and maximum torque of 112 Nm (82.5 lb-ft) at 9,750 rpm, the new S 1000 RR tips the scales at just 204 kg (450 lb) including fuel.
According to BMW, the S 1000 RR's weight is the best in its class, with 1.05kg per horsepower without Race ABS, and 1.06 kg per horsepower with Race ABS.
An aluminium bridge frame integrates the engine as a loadbearing element, tilted to the front at an angle of 32 degrees. This provides optimum torsional stiffness and minimum weight.
The front wheel runs on an upside-down fork with a fixed tube (46mm or 1.81-inch diameter), while an aluminium swing arm with spring and damping action provided by a central spring strut manages the rear end.
The rear frame section of the S 1000 RR is a welded light-alloy structure belted to the mainframe.
Also equipped with Race ABS and DTC Dynamic Traction Control, the S 1000 RR sets “a new benchmark in terms of riding dynamics, safety and innovation” according to BMW Motorrad.
Featuring an aluminium bridge frame, and compact overall layout, BMW claims its new S 1000 RR supersports offers sure-footed handling and straightforward rideability.
BMW's new supersports features premium safety technologies with Race ABS and DTC Dynamic Traction Control developed especially for the S 1000 RR and available as an option straight from the factory.
Riders have the choice of altering the engine characteristics and set-ups at the touch of a button, enabling them to select between various riding conditions such as wet roads (‘Rain’), regular road conditions (‘Sport’), a race track with supersport tyres (‘Race’), or a race track with slicks (‘Slick’).
The selected riding modes work in concert with the Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control settings to optimise performance and safety.
Having joined the World Superbike circus at the beginning of this year, the new S 1000 RR forms the foundation for the 2010 production-based racing machines ridden by BMW Motorrad's two works riders – former double world champion Troy Corser and Spaniard Ruben Xaus. (Aussie Troy Corser signed on for two seasons with BMW Motorrad in September 2008.)
Pricing and Availability
The 2010 BMW S 1000 RR is available now.
Manufacturer's List Price:
S 1000 RR $21,900
S 1000 RR Sport (with Race ABS and DTC) $24,400
Available options include Multi-mode Race ABS with Dynamic Traction Control ($2500), Anti-Theft Alarm System ($505), and a WSBK-inspired Motorsport Colour Scheme ($765)
Overview of Technical Specifications
- Engine output: 142 kW @ 13,000 rpm
- Peak torque: 112 Nm @ 9,750 rpm.
- Weight: 206.5 kg (455.3lb) in road trim and with a full tank (lightest supersports in the 1000-cc class with ABS)
- Power-to-weight ratio: 1.05kg per hp without Race ABS (1.06 kg per hp with Race ABS).
- Optional Race ABS
- Optional DTC Dynamic Traction Control
- Rider selectable modes: wet surfaces, regular roads, race tracks with sports tyres and race tracks with slicks
- Selectable engine management settings for all four riding modes
- High-speed, extra-sturdy valve drive with individual cam followers and titanium valves
- Two fully controlled three-way catalytic converters
- Adjustable damper elements (on the spring base, inbound and rebound stroke)
- Aluminium tank (unique to the segment)
- Multi-functional instrument cluster with lap-timer
- Optional HP Gearshift Assistant for ‘clutchless’ up-shifts