All-new S1000RR isn’t just a facelift
New BMW S1000RR ready to fight for top superbike slot
After almost a decade with a squinty eye, BMW’S S1000RR has suddenly become symmetrical, and that’s not the only change for 2019. BMW have designed a completely new engine, which now puts out 203.8bhp at 13,500rpm and 83.3ftlb at 11,000rpm and integrates the firm’s clever new Shiftcam technology, altering the valve timing and lift according to throttle inputs and load.
To go with the new engine is a brand new ‘Flexframe’ chassis, that’s slimmer and transfers much more load bearing capacity to the engine, allowing for a more comfortable riding position while also saving weight. The suspension has been completely redesigned and there’s semi-active electronic suspension on offer, too.
As standard the new model has four riding modes and there are also ‘Pro’ modes available. A new 6-axis IMU works out all the clever stuff, allowing for cornering ABS and adjustable slide control. It also catches up with the rest of the BMW range adding a 6.5in fullcolour TFT Connectivity dash.
There are three versions: the RR, then a Sport (£16,345), and a rangetopping M Sport version (£18,960).
FAST FACTS 999cc inline-four 203.8bhp and 83.3ftlb 197kg (kerb) £15,290