Power play

All-new S1000RR isn’t just a facelift

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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

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