BMW launches high-performance S 1000 R

Posted: 05 Nov 2013


EICMA set the scene today for the launch of a new high performance BMW roadster based on the S 1000 RR. The new naked bike – named the S 1000 R – is directly derived from the German Marque’s superbike and uses the same dynamic technology.

It has a pared down appearance, but the close family resemblance to the “RR” is instantly obvious. BMW claims that the bike sets new standards in the sports roadster segment with 160hp maximum power and a weight of 207 kg, as well as Race ABS, Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and a choice of two riding modes as standard. The rain and road modes cater to different road surface conditions using different power and torque curves, and apply different levels of Race ABS and ASC intervention to provide an important safety bonus, particularly under changeable road conditions.


When modifying the S 1000 RR’s 999 cc four-cylinder in-line engine for use in the S 1000 R, the engineers were looking in particular to provide punchy response all the way through the rpm range. They significantly increased the low and mid-range power and torque and reduced the maximum rpm by approximately 2,000 rpm. Maximum power of 118 kW (160hp) is reached at 11,000 rpm and peak torque of 112 Nm (approx. 83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. Up to 7500 rpm, this engine version develops 10 Newton metres (approx. 7 lb-ft) more torque than the S 1000 RR. Among other things, this was achieved by using redesigned cylinder head ducts, modified cam profiles and appropriately modified engine management. The new BMS-X engine management system also supports an E-Gas “throttle-by-wire” system.

Race-inspired features also extend to the cockpit of the S 1000 R. With an LC display with analogue rev counter, the instrumentation offers an unrivalled amount of information in this segment, from the gear display and riding mode display to a lap timer. For optimal gear changes, an individually programmable quick-shifter is fitted.

Additional extras include Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), incorporating a further two riding modes – Dynamic and Dynamic Pro – which includes a banking angle sensor and offers safe, dynamic acceleration that is currently state-of-the-art for a production motorcycle. Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) is also available to dynamically adapt the damping to the current riding situation with split-second speed. 

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