BMW has pulled the wraps off a special edition version of its BMW M 1000 RR flagship sportsbike celebrating 50 years of its iconic ‘M’ sporting division.
One of the most synonymous sporting prefixes in the automotive industry, the division can trace its roots back to 1972 with the formation of BMW Motorsport GmbH before the division was spun off into ‘BMW M’ in 1993.
By comparison, BMW Motorrad’s association with ‘M’ power is very new with the M 1000 RR - an upgraded version of the BMW S 1000 RR - launched in 2020 with the specific intention of it being raced in the WorldSBK Championship and national Superbike racing series’.
Nevertheless, BMW hasn’t allowed ‘Motorrad’ to miss out on the anniversary celebrations with the launch of the BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years M, or BMW M RR 50 for short.
While the standard M 1000 RR comes in BMW’s signature white, blue and red livery, the 50 Years special edition sees the return of its distinctive Sao Paulo Yellow finish, completed with 50 Years M emblem.
Compared with the standard S 1000 RR, the M 1000 RR comes with BMW’s M Competition package as standard, which includes 7 riding modes, ABS Pro system, dynamic traction control, gearshift assist, cruise control, a lightweight battery and chassis kit with rear height adjustment and swingarm pivot.
To further emphasise this M 1000 RR 50’s sporting heritage, however, BMW has fitted a lighter swingarm in silver anodised aluminium, includes the ‘unlock code’ for the M GPS lap trigger, plus M Endurance chain, pillion package and pillion seat cover.
No prices have been announced though it is likely to be in excess of the £30,640 for the standard M 1000 RR.