16th May 2019 2:25 pm
The latest-generation BMW S1000RR litre-class supersport is lighter and more powerful.
BMW teased the 2019 S1000RR on its Indian social media pages back in February 2019. At the time, we told you that the litre-class, supersport would make its way here in June 2019. We have now confirmed the bike’s launch date as June 25, 2019. This means that we are a little over a month away from the launch of the all-new S1000RR bike that replaces the previous-gen model which originally made its debut back in 2009.
The engine on the supersport continues to be a 999cc, in-line four, but it has gone through a few changes. Its international-spec unit produces 207hp at 13,500rpm and 113Nm of torque at 11,000rpm – an increase of 8hp over the 2018 model, with torque remaining unchanged. The engine now uses BMW’s ShiftCam Technology, which allows variable valve timing (VVT). This tech promises to deliver more performance throughout the rev range. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed unit with an up/down quickshifter.
BMW has also updated the electronics package on the motorcycle. A six-axis IMU helps power the cornering ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). The bike also gets four riding modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race. All of this can be toggled via a new 6.5-inch full-TFT display.
The 2019 model also uses Hayes brakes instead of the Brembos that it has used so far; and the Sachs-branded suspension has been discontinued in favour of a Marzocchi suspension, this time around.
Other upgrades to the motorcycle come in the form of a redesigned chassis comprising lighter components and a WSBK-inspired swingarm. As a result of the new, lighter engine and frame, the bike has a 197kg kerb weight – a significant 11kg lesser than the outgoing model. The top-spec M package brings that kerb weight figure down to 193.5kg.
The 2019 BMW S1000RR is available in three trims, internationally – a standard model, a S1000RR Sport and a S1000RR with the M package. We expect the standard model to be priced slightly higher than the outgoing model, which starts at Rs 18.05 lakh (ex-showroom, India). If launched, we expect the higher-spec Sport variant to be a couple of lakhs higher than the standard model. Expect a significantly higher price tag for the M package – closer the Rs 25 lakh mark.