The second generation BMW S 1000 RR has been launched in India. Prices for BMW Motorrad's flagship supersport start at ₹ 18.5 lakh (ex-showroom), and the new S 1000 RR gets a completely new frame, engine and electronic aids, as well as a design overhaul. While the older model was always known for its quirky asymmetrical styling, the new model is more conventional in design in a bid to minimise wind resistance and extract more performance. The older S 1000 RR was one of the menacingly fast motorcycles and the all-new model promises to up this experience with more power and better electronic aids.
The 2019 BMW S 1000 RR gets all-new bodywork and with new symmetrical headlight design. The new S 1000 R does away with the quirky asymmetrical headlights in favour of a more conventional-looking dual LED headlamp set-up. The bike uses a slimmer and lighter Z-type twin-spar aluminium frame and gets a rear Trellis subframe to keep the overall weight low. The 2019 S 1000 RR is 10.6 kg lighter than the outgoing version, weighing just 197 kg.
Power on the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR comes from the newly developed 998 cc in-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that belts out 204 bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque. It produces 8 bhp more than the older model and also gets new ShiftCam valve train technology that brings variable valve timing and valve stroke to the intake side of the valve train. BMW has also revised the geometry of the intake and exhaust ports for optimisation.
With respect to features, the new BMW S 1000 RR is equipped with a 6.5-inch TFT instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation. The bike gets a six-axis IMU that brings cornering ABS, Dynamic Traction Control as standard. You also get Wheelie Control, four riding modes - Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race - and an optional Race Pro mode. There's launch control and pit-lane speed limiter too for the track days. The suspension can be further spruced up with the optional Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) that adds electronic damping to the fully-adjustable suspension package. The S 1000 RR will be get M packages with performance enhancements, a first for any BMW bike.
The second generation BMW S 1000 RR is expected to be priced around ₹ 20.5 lakh (ex-showroom), and will take on the Ducati Panigale V4, Aprilia RSV4 Factory, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000R, Honda CBR1000RR and the likes. The model will be brought to India as a CBU.