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