Tuesday, April 22, 2008

2009 BMW S1000RR: Rock and Roll!

The 2009 BMW S1000RR. The competition is shaken. And stirred...

With the recent unveiling of the S1000RR, BMW are now pulling out all the stops in their bid to be taken seriously as manufacturers of high-performance motorcycles. Of course, BMW are already present in endurance racing events this year, with the HP2 Sport. But with its brand-new four-cylinder engine, the S1000RR is meant to be in a different league altogether.

With the S1000RR, BMW have announced their intent to go racing in the World Superbikes series in 2010. The company will also build 1,000 street-going units of this bike next year, in order to meet WSBK homologation requirements. Technical details for the bike have not been released, but the S1000RR is likely to be packed with the very latest in electronics and technology, including an advanced version of traction control.

More than 200bhp in race-trim? But of course...

Going by the pictures here, the BMW S1000RR is fitted with top-spec bits – Brembo brakes with radial-mount, monobloc calipers, Ohlins fork and shock, Akrapovic exhaust system, Pirelli Diablo rubber, carbonfibre bodywork and a very beefy looking aluminium twin-spar chassis. Indeed, the bike looks totally awesome – if appearances are anything to go by, Japanese and Italian manufacturers should be a bit worried already.

With the V4-powered Aprilia RSV 4 also coming out next year, 2010 should be one hell of a year for World Superbikes. In the meanwhile, for BMW fans hoping to get their hands on an S1000RR next year, price might possibly be a deterrent. The HP2 Sport already costs US$25,000 and we suppose the S1000RR is likely to be at least as expensive, if not more. But stay tuned for more details...

Here's a video of the BMW S1000RR. Sure looks good to us...

And here are some more pics of the 2009 BMW S1000RR racebike, with which BMW will go racing in World Superbikes next year

Also see:
MDM: A scrambler-style HP2 Megamoto...?
Ducati SuperSport Turbo dragbike!
Ride video: The amazing Travertson V-Rex...
Down memory lane: The Bimota V-Due
Turbocharged: The 2008 Canjamoto BMW R1200S Scorpion
Singularly sexy: The Ducati Supermono!
The Wunderlich WR2: A lighter, faster BMW HP2...

External links:
Ex-WSBK world champ, Scott Russell tests the Ducati 1098R
The most amazing Suzuki you've ever seen...

1 comment:

Rahul said...




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