Nine years after the S 1000 RR made its debut in in Superbike World Championship, BMW has unleashed the lightest and most powerful model yet.
The bike's liquid-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder engine produces nearly 200 horsepower. Combined with a leaner suspension that saves 25 pounds of weight, expect it to be one of the quickest in the 1000 cc class.
To help handle the power, BMW has made Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS standard in addition to three riding modes: "Ride," "Sport" and "Race."
BMW has further details on how those features work together to make the S 1000 RR more stable than ever.
Particularly under changing driving conditions, on surfaces with low levels of adhesion and in case of sudden leaps in friction coefficients, DTC provides invaluable assistance.
Rear wheelspin is detected via the ABS sensors and the angular rate sensor, adjusting the engine control system for the best possible traction. DTC also detects banking and takes this into account during regulation.
The DTC has the optimal setting for the currently selected riding mode. In connection with Ride Modes Pro, DTC +/- shift enables an individual adjustment of the traction control to different grip conditions DTC is individually combined with each of the different riding modes, thereby ensuring maximum driving safety at all times.
The superbike also sports a racing technology called Gear Shift Assist Pro, which allows riders to shift without engaging the clutch. The feature will undoubtedly help make for an exhilarating track day.
Available in three different color schemes—"Black Storm Metallic, "Racing Red/Light White" or "Lupin Blue Metallic/Racing Red"—the S 1000 RR will start from $15,995 when it goes on sale in 2019.