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BMW Unveils New S 1000 RR


If you thought the BMW S 1000 RR needed more horsepower, and less weight, BMW has answered your prayers with the 2015 model. Now delivering a claimed 199 horsepower in a package weighing roughly 9 pounds less than last year, the S 1000 RR has a host of changes designed to improve an already incredible superbike.

In addition to the revised engine and the weight loss, the S 1000 RR features a new frame with different geometry to improve handling, and also becomes the first superbike with optional cruise control. Read the following press release from BMW for all of the details:

The new BMW S 1000 RR – the ultimate sports companion.
The new BMW S 1000 RR is receiving its world premiere at the Intermot 2014 motorcycle fair. With refined torque delivery and peak torque of 113 Nm (83 lb-ft), an increase in engine output of 4 kW (6 hp) to 146 kW (199 hp), plus a reduction in weight of 4 kg to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel and Race ABS (making allowances for equipment), the superbike that first debuted in 2009 is entering a new generation. Besides eliciting even sharper performance from the new S 1000 RR, particular attention was also paid to designing the bike to be even more rider-friendly. Whether it is used for everyday riding, flitting through bends on country roads or being put through its paces on the race track – the new S 1000 RR excels in every respect.

Optimised drivetrain for even greater performance and rideability.
The enhanced performance of the new RR in terms of drive power can be attributed to the re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves. Furthermore, an airbox with a modified capacity combines with an intake system with shorter intake lengths to make mixture preparation more effective than ever and give the new S 1000 RR added punch. A further key contributing factor to the improvement in power and torque characteristics is the new exhaust system, which now dispenses with a front silencer and weighs around 3 kg lighter. Rideability and response from standstill both benefit from an increase in torque upwards of approx. 5,000 rpm, a more linear torque curve, as well as a wide torque plateau that allows the rider to summon up almost maximum pulling power between 9,500 (112 Nm) and 12,000 rpm (113 Nm / 83 lb-ft).

New frame structure and chassis geometry for superior riding precision and even better handling. Further improved Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) from the HP4 as an ex-works option.
Chassis-wise, the new RR has been honed with the introduction of a new, lighter frame structure offering an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility. Together with the optimised chassis geometry featuring redefined values for the steering head angle, wheel castor, wheelbase and swingarm pivot point, it promises even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback, particularly when riding at the limit. The tasks of wheel suspension and damping continue to be performed by fully adjustable spring elements, but with modified negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility. As a factory-fitted option, the new S 1000 RR can also be specified with the new improved version of the electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension – already familiar from the HP4 – that provides the basis for a chassis set-up with absolutely no compromises.


Three riding modes as standard, plus two more available for fine-tuned adjustment by opting for the Pro riding mode feature.
To enable optimum adaptation to the prevailing riding conditions, the new RR bike already comes with three riding modes as standard: “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race”. If the Pro riding mode option is selected, these can be supplemented by the two additional modes “Slick” and “User”. The Pro riding mode option also features Launch Control for flawless racing starts as well as the programmable pit-lane speed limiter for sticking exactly to the pit-lane speed limit. When this feature is activated, it has the additional effect of producing the impressive soundtrack familiar from the world of motorcycle racing. The HP Gear Shift Assist Pro, which can likewise be ordered as an ex-works option, enables lightning-fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting.

Refined control system set-up. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with precision calibration in seven +/- steps. 
The new RR already leaves the factory with Race ABS (semi-integral) as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) included as standard. In conjunction with the optional Pro riding mode feature, it can be equipped with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including banking sensor and precision calibration. All control systems have been retuned and further improved in terms of their control precision and characteristics.

First ever superbike with cruise control (optional). Innovative instrument cluster design, new electrical system and lighter battery.
For the first time, the RR is now also available with an electronic speed control for staying within the current speed limits (ex-works option).

The multifunctional instrument cluster comprises a new dial for the analogue rev counter as well as a redesigned LCD display offering a far greater array of functions.

The new S 1000 RR furthermore features a new electrical system and a more powerful sensor box, along with a smaller battery weighing around 1 kg less.

Design that is more dynamic than ever with stunning colour schemes.
Last, but by no means least, there is the completely restyled bodywork that speaks an even more dynamic design language. The principle of the asymmetric headlight arrangement on the outgoing model has been retained as a characteristic distinguishing feature, yet the headlights have been repositioned and restyled to ensure that the new RR is recognisable as “new” at first glance. The dynamic design with its sporty, aggressive feel is given further impact by colour schemes with three very individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and the BMW Motorsport colours.


Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 RR:

  • Increased power output and torque: 146 kW (199 hp) at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 10,500 rpm.
  • Even better rideability thanks to increased torque from approx. 5,000 rpm upwards as well as a more linear curve. A broad plateau of peak torque available in the rev range from around 9,500 up to 12,000 rpm.
  • Re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves.
  • New intake system with shorter intake lengths, larger airbox and full E‑gas ride-by-wire.
  • Reduction in weight of 4 kilograms to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel (making allowances for equipment).
  • New exhaust system weighing around 3 kilograms lighter without a front silencer.
  • Riding modes “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of the Pro riding mode with two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation to riding conditions.
  • Launch Control for flawless starts as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature.
  • Pit-lane speed limiter for maintaining an exact speed in the pit lane as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature.
  • New, lighter frame structure with an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility for more traction, greater precision and clear feedback.
  • Refined chassis geometry for even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback at the limits of performance.
  • Fully adjustable spring elements with optimised negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility.
  • Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), familiar from the HP4, as an ex-works option.
  • Race ABS with optimised set-up.
  • DTC traction control with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps.
  • HP Gear Shift Assist Pro for fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting as an ex-works option.
  • New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery.
  • Electronic speed control as an ex-works option.
  • More sophisticated instrument cluster with extended array of functions and wide variety of information.
  • Completely restyled bodywork for an even more dynamic design language.
  • Innovative colour schemes with three individual characters:
    Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport.
  • Extended range of optional extras and special accessories available ex-works.




  1. Sam Jones says:

    It’s no wonder BMW continually sets new sales records with bikes like the S1000RR (how do you improve on perfection, anyway,)the S1000R and the new water-cooled Roadster and RS!…BMW’s on FIRE with one home run after another…What could be missing, a 65 hp single like KTM’s fabulous 690..?

  2. tonifumi says:

    Looks like Joan Rivers winking.

    Might be fast but not desirable at all.

  3. J Wilson says:

    . . . . and FINALLY !! Cruise Control. I was developing such cramps holding the throttle at 185!

  4. Starmag says:

    For those of you who think 199 HP isn’t enough or is now “lame” because of the not-street-legal Kaw H2R:

    $15K S 1000 RR
    $5K turbo kit
    $5K install?
    $25K 381HP

  5. VLJ says:

    This is a truly insane time, when any shmoe with $15K to spare (or at least the sufficient credit-worthiness to finance $15K) can stroll into a dealership and roll out an hour later with a turnkey freaking rocketship that is dead nuts reliable and relatively safe and easy to operate.

    Like so many of us here on this site, I’ve been involved in this sport for quite a long while, and still I am completely blown away by what is now on offer. While it may not literally be “free,” my god, we’re almost at the point of Norm G’s proverbial “free lunch.” This much precision performance, for the price of a leftover Corolla?

    A brave new world, indeed.

  6. Auphliam says:

    I wish my ability were on par to truly make use of such a beautiful tool. Alas, I will just have to admire from afar. Were I to meet my end on such a machine, one can only imagine the smile I would have on my face 🙂

  7. Sean says:

    I was really hoping BMW would abandon the asymmetrical (fugly) headlight system. Love the bike but just can’t do those lights. I’m sure they sell well enough because of their performance dominance but I wonder how many people are like me and can’t stand those eyes?

  8. Jeremy in TX says:

    It is amazing that they can get so much power out of a normally aspirated, noise and emissions-compliant 1000cc engine and yet still price it competitively with the other superbikes. Support for this endeavor provided by the fat margins of your friendly neighborhood R1200GS.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “It is amazing that they can get so much power out of a normally aspirated”

      re: “Re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves. New intake system with shorter intake lengths”

      and rest assured this is truth in advertising. they’ve gone a touched the top end (scary). this kit will make every bit of the stated 199… all day, every bike, on every dyno.

      if it doesn’t…? return for part exchange, you’ve got a lemon.

    • xlayn says:

      Even more… this bike has 80% of the power a GP bike has… yet it has 3 years of warranty (as per NG comment) check that against rebuild time for a gp engine…
      and gp bike is 80% of the weight of this bike (and not sure if that’s wet weight for the gp bike)
      S1000RR-204kg wet
      gp Up to 800cc – 150 kg
      gp 801 – 1000cc – 160 kg

  9. mickey says:

    LOL I love ad speak. They are still not as good at it as Harley Davidson, but they are getting better at saying a lot while still saying nothing.

    199 HP and rider friendly? Cool, just like my 88 HP CB 1100 lol

  10. Curly says:

    Fail. Not 300hp.

    • xlayn says:

      even more power from a even lighter machine… that was already the most powerful one…. and it’s fail because it’s not doing supercharged power?

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Fail. Not 300hp”

      success. 200hp, street legal, and a 3 year warranty. best in the industry.

      • Gutterslob says:

        You’ll need the 3 yrs warranty, considering how much BMW charge (at least here in Singapore) for routine servicing and basic parts. I also assume the BMW Motorsport (aka WSBK dropout) colour scheme will cost extra.

  11. Patrick D says:

    Quite how BMW went to the top of the class in their first attempt deserves the highest of praise. I think most people would’ve liked to have bseen a supersport 600 of the same mould, but as there might be some updates to the R1 this year, they’re likely to be keeping their nose in front of the pack.

  12. Gutterslob says:

    They somehow managed to make it look worse.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      I think it looks better, though I wish they would abandon the One-eyed Willy theme once and for all.

    • Sean says:

      Keep the engineers fire the designers already its really a shame for such a good bike to look so bad. I’m sure the designer is related to the CEO or something like that.

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