Beem us up­wards

The race-ready HP4 is poised to hit a track — or a road — near you

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Two Wheels - MARK HINCH­LIFFE mark.hinch­liffe@cars­

THE first four-cylin­der High Per­for­mance (HP) BMW mo­tor­cy­cle is scream­ing down the home straight to­ward Aus­tralian show­rooms.

The HP4 is a venom-spit­ting ver­sion of the S 1000 RR, the In­ter­na­tional Bike of the Year and cur­rent Aus­tralian Su­per­bike Cham­pion.

BMW has been pro­duc­ing HP mod­els since 2005 but this is the first with four cylin­ders.

It has the same power (142kW and 112Nm) as the RR but in­creases the power-to-- weight ra­tio by shed­ding 6kg to weigh in at 169kg.

Most of that re­duc­tion is from the 4.5kg lighter sports ex­haust sys­tem as well as lighter car­bon-fi­bre body­work, bat­tery and rac­ing wheels.

The HP4 ben­e­fits from the Aus­tralian and World Su­per­bike rac­ing pro­grams with a spe­cial race ABS set-up.

It can also be im­me­di­ately wheeled out on the race track for com­pe­ti­tion in su­per­bike and su­per­stock cat­e­gories.

BMW Mo­tor­rad Aus­tralia mar­ket­ing man­ager Miles Davis says the HP4 will arrive in De­cem­ber and al­ready there are a dozen cus­tomer de­posits.

‘‘ Some are rac­ers, but some are road cus­tomers. A lot of cus­tomers want an ex­clu­sive prod­uct that is a race replica,’’ he says. ‘‘ This will ap­peal to some­one who wants to ride it on the road, so­cially on the track or com­pete in na­tional road rac­ing cham­pi­onships.’’

Most HP mod­els— the HP2 En­duro, Sports and Meg­amoto — have only been avail­able in lim­ited num­bers. How­ever, Davis says the HP4 ‘‘ will be more avail­able. We don’t have a price yet but . . . peo­ple will be pleas­antly sur­prised.’’

The S 1000 RR starts at $22,290, which is about 10 per cent more than Ja­panese su­per­bikes and much less than the other Euro­pean brands.

The HP4 abounds with tech­nol­ogy. It has Dy­namic Trac­tion Con­trol from the RR and, now, Dy­namic Damp­ing Con­trol to adapt fork and spring strut re­sponse to spe­cific sur­faces.The HP4 is also the first BMW bike with launch con­trol, for light­ning grid get­aways with­out wheel­spin and wheel­ies.

Christ­mas pres­ence: The pared-down, hi-tech HP4 will be here in De­cem­ber

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