The BMW S 1000 XR is the flagship sport touring model from BMW Motorrad. Designed primarily for road use, and for long distance touring, the S 1000 XR now gets completely updated in design, features and electronics, along with an updated engine based on the new BMW S 1000 RR. Revised aerodynamics, full LED lighting, new suspension and completely new electronics suite mark the changes in the 2020 BMW S 1000 XR. The 2020 BMW S 1000 XR is available in India in only a single Pro variant and has been priced at Rs. 20.90 lakh (Ex-showroom). The S 1000 XR will be delivered as a completely built unit (CBU) across BMW Motorrad’s dealerships.
The most noticeable change is that the motorcycle now gets symmetric headlamps in place of the iconic asymmetric headlamps. The body panels are new and the sculpted fuel tank wears a chiselled look as well. At the rear, the tail lamp has been updated and the rear profile stays the same more or less. The motorcycle looks a touch slimmer than before and that because it does weigh 10 kg less than the previous model at 226 kg kerb weight. The motorcycle is suspended on 45 mm USDs up front and a monoshock at the rear. The travel on the front suspension and rear suspension is the same at 150 mm. The swingarm itself is 19 per cent lighter than the one on the previous model. Up front the motorcycle gets twin 320 mm discs with 4-piston Brembo callipers gripping them while the rear wheel gets a 265 mm single disc with a single piston floating calliper.
The 999 cc, in-line four-cylinder engine is based on the BMW S 1000 RR, and on the XR is tuned for a better low and mid-range than outright top-end performance. The engine delivers an output of 165 bhp at 11,000 rpm and peak torque of 114 Nm at 9,250 rpm. The 4th, 5th and 6th gears have longer ratios and acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is rated at just 3.3 seconds, with a top speed of over 200 kmph. The new BMW S 1000 XR has four riding modes, Raind, Road, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro, with the Dynamic Pro offering full customisation, including individual configurations for throttle response, engine brake, anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction control, as well as wheelie control (including the new Power Wheelie setting). The ABS Pro offers cornering ABS function offering superb functionality while braking in a banking position.
Also standard are BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), and MSR (Motorschleppmomentregelung), essentially dynamic engine brake control, which electronically prevents locking, slippage or hopping of the rear wheel that can result in aggressive downshifting, or even when the throttle is shut abruptly. The anti-hopping clutch in combination with the MSR offers best protection against engine braking torque influences, preventing wheel locking, wheel hopping and loss of traction and potential loss of control. The 6.5-inch full colour TFT screen is a standard fitment.