2019 BMW S 1000 RR

New four-cylinder missile signals factory’s return to World Superbike competition

2019 BMW S 1000 RR
2019 BMW S 1000 RRBMW

Spec-chart jockeys like to to talk peak numbers, but maximum output isn’t everything. Consider the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR. The latest aluminum-framed racer replica from the Bavarian bike maker purportedly produces at least 74 pound-feet of torque from as low as 5,500 rpm all the way up to the new four-banger’s 14,500-rpm redline; old-time Grand Prix racers would have given anything for a powerband that wide. You need only thank BMW’s engineers, who have fitted a variable-valve-timing system called ShiftCam. At 9,000 rpm, a portion of the intake camshaft slides 8mm in five milliseconds to engage a different set of lobes, combining two different engine characters in one smooth, efficient package.

LED headlights are standard on the latest model, and the front turn signals have been relocated from the fairing sides to the backs of the rearview mirrors. At the rear, the brake/taillights, as well as the turn signals, are incorporated into a single unit that is part of the license-plate bracket. When you are prepping for a trackday, shucking the mirrors and that bracket takes less time than it does to fill the fuel tank.

Likes: More aggressive steering geometry, slimmer fuel tank and seat, better aero

Dislikes: Color quandary: M Motorsport or Racing Red? Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Verdict: Faster, lighter, and even easier for mere mortals to ride well?

2019 BMW S 1000 RR Reviews And Comparisons

BMW has not confirmed the price or release date of the 2019 S 1000 RR, but initial performance claims—and the performances by factory riders Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger in World Superbike preseason testing—suggest that a head-to-head, road-and-track shootout with the other superbikes from Europe and Japan will be a historic event.

2019 BMW S 1000 RR Competition

Powering the latest S 1000 RR is a new 999cc inline-four, which is said to produce 205 hp and 83 pound-feet of torque. That should put this liter-class BMW in the same zip code, output-wise, as other recent models, such as the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory, Ducati Panigale V4, and Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

2019 BMW S 1000 RR Specifications And Pricing

Boasting carbon-fiber wheels, a lightweight battery, an adjustable swingarm pivot, Ride Modes Pro (with configurable engine maps, wheelie/slide controls, and more), and a special seat, the optional “M” package—the motorsport logo is normally reserved for BMW’s highest-performing automobiles—reportedly drops wet weight of the S 1000 RR from 434 to 427 pounds.

2019 BMW S 1000 RR
2019 BMW S 1000 RR Right SideBMW

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $16,995
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-cylinder
Displacement 999cc
Bore x Stroke 80.0mm x 49.7mm
Horsepower 205.0 hp @ 13,000 rpm
Torque 83.0 lb.-ft. @ 11,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.4 in.
Rake 23.5°
Trail 3.7 in.
Front Suspension 45mm; fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 5.1-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 190/55-17
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal.
Wheelbase 56.7 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 434 lb.
2019 BMW S 1000 RR
2019 BMW S 1000 RR Right FrontBMW

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