199bhp? They might as well have given it the full 200. Still, the 2015 BMW S1000RR isn't likely to be very slow...
For the last few years, the BMW S1000RR has been a nightmare come true for Japanese litre-class superbikes. So, of course, BMW have made significant all-around improvements to the bike for 2015, and have made it even more powerful. The 2015 S1000RR packs 199 horsepower (6bhp more than the 2014 model), weighs 204kg with a full tank of fuel (4kg less than the older model) and features an all-new exhaust system and updated styling.
The 2015 S1000RR also gets a new chassis, with revised geometry, for even sharper, more precise handling. BMW’s dynamic damping control (DDC), which was earlier available only on the HP4, is now also available on the new S1000RR as an option. This works in tandem with the bike’s dynamic traction control (DTC), Race ABS and automatic stability control (ASC) systems, which have all been improved and optimised on the 2015 model. And that’s not all – there’s also a new cruise control system, revised instrumentation and a lighter battery on the 2015 S1000RR, along with completely restyled bodywork, repositioned asymmetric headlights, and new colour schemes.
We still have to see how the 2015 Kawasaki H2, Yamaha R1, Aprilia RSV4 and Honda Fireblade (and/or the new V4-engined Honda superbike), all of which will be unveiled at the EICMA in November this year, will stack up against the 2015 BMW S1000RR. But we won’t be surprised if the German bruiser still ends up on top of the litre-class superbike heap at the end of this year.