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Fast and Furious: BMW’s M1000RR

Fast and Furious: BMW’s M1000RR

BMW M1000RR

BMW M1000RR

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Fast and Furious: BMW’s M1000RR

Two hundred and nine horsepower. Yes, you read that right, 209hp.

Bloody hell, the crazies at BMW Motorrad have only gone and unveiled the M1000RR, a pimped-up version of the S1000RR, as if it needed pimping up.

In the motorcycle branch of the German company's first foray into the M world, engineers have taken what is already a blisteringly fast bike and made it a lighter, faster, more tricked up sportsbike which, at £31,000 (sterling - no Irish price yet), is relatively accessible for a lucky few big earners.

It has a kerb weight of 192kg and a suspension and aerodynamics designed for maximum race track performance, but this baby is also road legal - if you can manage to stay within the speed limit.

The MRR uses a water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine based on the RR power train with BMW ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing and valve lift that has been modified comprehensively in the direction of a racing sport engine. It achieves its peak output of 209hp at 14,500rpm, with maximum torque of 113Nm at 11,000 rpm.

Top speed comes at 15,100rpm, and the engine boasts loads of technical upgrades over the RR such as two-ring forged pistons from Mahle, adapted combustion chambers, compression increased to 13.5, longer and lighter titanium connecting rods from Pankl, slimmer and lighter rocker arms, fully machined intake ports with new duct geometry, as well as optimisations on camshafts and intake area.

The lightweight Akrapovic exhaust system is also made of titanium, and this alone makes for a weight saving of 4kg over the RR. The new engine is more powerful than the RR power train in the 6,000rpm to 15,100rpm range for optimum track use.

The clear-coat carbon M winglets on the trim front produce aerodynamic downforce and thus additional wheel loads according to the speed.

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BMW M1000RR

BMW M1000RR

BMW M1000RR

The additional wheel load on the front wheel counteracts the bike's temptation to wheelie, while traction control kicks in less, more power is converted directly into acceleration and the rider achieves faster lap times. This all also allows later braking and gives increased cornering stability.

There's also an 'M' brake for the first time, developed directly from Superbike World Championship BMW machinery.

The instrument cluster of the new M RR has the same basic design as the RR and has an M start animation.

As part of the optional equipment, an activation code (contents of M competition package) can be used to provide comprehensive data material for the use of the M GPS laptrigger and M GPS data logger (Original BMW Motorrad Accessories) via the OBD interface of the instrument cluster.