The BMW M 1000 RR is the company’s first full-blown M motorcycle, and it will be available in two variants
The S 1000 RR was already a bonkers machine, and now, BMW Motorrad has brought in the M 1000 RR to Indian shores. It will be available in two variants, namely the standard edition which will cost Rs 42 lakh (ex-showroom) and the Competition package edition which will set you back Rs 45 lakh (ex-showroom) and both variants will be coming to India via the CBU route. And yes, before you ask, it is road legal, unlike the HP4 Race.
The BMW M 1000 RR doesn’t look radically different from the S 1000 RR. After all it is what the bike is based on. The M RR gets aero elements in form of winglets and there is extensive use of carbonfibre. The calipers get a blue colour finish, fuel filler cap is painted black, the engine cover is granite grey and there is an abundance of ‘M’ badging. There are three new paint schemes on offer, namely, Light White, Racing Blue Metallic and Racing Red.
The engine on the M 1000 RR is based on the mill found on the S 1000 RR but has been heavily reworked to make it a more track focused offering. The water/oil-cooled, 999cc inline-four, now puts outs a ballistic 209bhp of power at a screaming 14,500rpm and 113Nm of twist at 11,000rpm. The bike is capable of doing the sprint from standstill to 100 in 3.1 seconds and can continue to accelerate to its top speed of 306kmph (claimed figures). Changes to the engine to make it more track focused include redesigned intake ports to increase peak power range. There is also BMW’s ShiftCam technology which in essence is a variable valve timing setting that improves the torque curve throughout the rev-range making it a potent street bike as well.
The frame on the BMW M 1000 RR has been heavily reworked as well. The steering geometry has been reworked and the swingarm has been made slightly longer to improve handling and stability. The bike also gets M Carbon wheels which along with a host of other carbon fiber bits has helped get the weight down to 192kg (wet) and 191.8kg(wet) should you opt for the competition package, that’s a full 5kg less than the standard S 1000 RR. The M RR also gets new Marzocchi suspension components and highest spec Nissin monobloc calipers mated to 320mm rotors.
The M 1000 RR gets four riding modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race and with the ‘Riding Modes Pro’ pack you get three additional riding modes which are fully user programmable for parameters like throttle map, engine brake control, traction control, wheelie control, ABS and ABS Pro. The Pro Modes also bestows the bike with launch control and a pit-lane limiter. All of these can be controlled via the massive 6.5-inch full-colour TFT instrument cluster.
The Competition package transforms the already insane bike to an even more focused track bike with M GPS-lap trigger, passenger kit, pillion seat cover, a Carbon pack which includes M Carbon front and rear mudguard, upper fairing side panel, tank cover, chain guard and sprocket cover (all carbon goodness). And finally, the M billet pack which includes engine protectors, folding brake and clutch levers, brake and clutch lever guards and a rider footrest system.
Bookings for the M 1000 RR are already open. Even though the bike doesn’t have any rivals in the country, internationally it goes up against the likes of the Ducati Panigale V4 SP, Honda CBR1000RR-R and Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX10-RR.