With the recent unveiling of the S1000RR, BMW are now pulling out all the stops in their bid to be taken seriously as manufacturers of high-performance motorcycles. Of course, BMW are already present in endurance racing events this year, with the HP2 Sport. But with its brand-new four-cylinder engine, the S1000RR is meant to be in a different league altogether.
With the S1000RR, BMW have announced their intent to go racing in the World Superbikes series in 2010. The company will also build 1,000 street-going units of this bike next year, in order to meet WSBK homologation requirements. Technical details for the bike have not been released, but the S1000RR is likely to be packed with the very latest in electronics and technology, including an advanced version of traction control.
Going by the pictures here, the BMW S1000RR is fitted with top-spec bits – Brembo brakes with radial-mount, monobloc calipers, Ohlins fork and shock, Akrapovic exhaust system, Pirelli Diablo rubber, carbonfibre bodywork and a very beefy looking aluminium twin-spar chassis. Indeed, the bike looks totally awesome – if appearances are anything to go by, Japanese and Italian manufacturers should be a bit worried already.
With the V4-powered Aprilia RSV 4 also coming out next year, 2010 should be one hell of a year for World Superbikes. In the meanwhile, for BMW fans hoping to get their hands on an S1000RR next year, price might possibly be a deterrent. The HP2 Sport already costs US$25,000 and we suppose the S1000RR is likely to be at least as expensive, if not more. But stay tuned for more details...
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