BMW are sharpening their knives with the planned introduction of the S1000RR HP4 in September. The S1000RR HP4 is expected to boast less weight, updated suspension and tweaked electronics, to keep well ahead of the competition.
The new bike is expected to weigh around 9 kilograms less, thanks to an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system and a set of lightweight forged alloy wheels; carbon fibre wheels may also be an option. Updates to the electronics include: a revised ABS program that operates in conjunction with a set of uprated Brembo monobloc brake calipers; a tweaked multi-stage traction control system; a new digital dashboard; and competition-spec Ohlins electronically adjustable suspension.
There are conflicting reports as to whether the HP4 will benefit from increased power and associated updates to the twin-spar chassis to cope with it. In our opinion it’s unlikely BMW will make any major changes to the BMW’s 141 kW (193 HP) powerplant, but the addition of the titanium sports exhaust and associated ECU tuning are likely to boost power to around 150 kW (205 HP); or at the very least, enough to beat the Ducati Panigale’s 143 kW (195 HP).
Other cosmetic changes include the new colour scheme and graphics and a single-seat tail piece, while optional extras are expected to include: reversed gears; laptimer; carbon fibre components; racing decals; blue rims; as well as special handles and footpegs.
With a debut expected in September, we don’t expect it’ll be long before more details become available. Pricing is unknown at this stage, but a figure of €20 000 is being bandied about.
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