Lin­ing up for trac­tion action

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THIS is the ma­chine BMW has built to take on the Ja­panese sports­bikes. A pre-pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the in-line four-cylin­der S 1000 RR ar­rived in Aus­tralia last week ahead of the first pro­duc­tion ship­ment in Fe­bru­ary.

It’s be­ing touted as the most pow­er­ful ma­chine in the litre-bike class and BMW Mo­tor­rad gen­eral man­ager Cameron Cuthill says it will be com­pet­i­tively priced.

That said, he can’t yet be more spe­cific than ‘‘mid-$20,000s’’, but says deal­er­ships such as the one in South­bank are al­ready tak­ing de­posit-down or­ders.

‘‘Of course it’s a con­quest bike,’’ Cuthill says. ‘‘We think the tim­ing’s right for fea­tures like trac­tion con­trol and anti-skid brakes to be seen as much as per­for­mance func­tions as safety ones.’’

The trac­tion con­trol has four modes— rain, road, race and slick and ad­justs en­gine map­ping and brak­ing with each pro­gram.

The bike boasts 142kW, with a fully fu­elled ABS ver­sion weigh­ing only 206.5kg.

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