The third new model to be introduced, after the R1200RS and R1200R, by BMW at INTERMOT this year, is a brand new S1000RR superbike. It features refined torque delivery with a 83 lb-ft (113 Nm) peak, six hp (4 kW) increase in engine output to 199 hp (146 kW), and a 9 pound (4 kg) reduction in weight bringing it to 450 lbs (204 kg) with a full tank of fuel and Race ABS (making allowances for equipment). Besides eliciting even sharper performance, particular attention was also paid to designing the bike to be even more rider-friendly. Whether it is used for everyday riding on country roads or being put through its paces on the race track – the new S1000RR should excel in every respect.
The enhanced performance can be attributed to a re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves. Furthermore, the airbox capacity was modified and intake system length shortened. Another factor is the new exhaust system, which now dispenses with a front silencer and weighs around 6.6 lbs (3 kg) lighter. Rideability and response from standstill both benefit from an increase in torque up to approximately 5,000 rpm, a more linear torque curve, as well as a wide torque plateau that allows the rider to summon up almost maximum pulling power between 9,500 and 12,000 rpm.
Chassis-wise, the new RR has been honed with the introduction of a new, lighter frame structure. Together with the optimized chassis geometry featuring redefined values for the steering head angle, wheel castor, wheelbase and swingarm pivot point, it promises even better handling, increased traction and feedback, particularly when riding at the limit. The tasks of wheel suspension and damping continue to be performed by fully adjustable spring elements, but with modified negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility. As a factory-fitted option, the new S1000RR can also be specified with the an improved electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension – similar to the BMW HP4.
The new RR comes standard with three riding modes: “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race.” If the optional Pro riding mode is added, these are supplemented by the two additional modes “Slick” and “User.” The Pro riding mode option also features Launch Control for racing starts as well as a programmable pit-lane speed limiter. The HP Gear Shift Assist Pro, which can likewise be ordered as a factory option, enables fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting.
The new RR leaves the factory with Race ABS (semi-integrated) as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard. In conjunction with the optional Pro riding mode feature, it can be equipped with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including banking sensor and precision calibration. All control systems have been retuned and further improved in terms of their control precision and characteristics.
For the first time on the RR, electric cruise control is available as an option. The instrument cluster includes a new dial for the analog rev counter as well as a redesigned LCD display offering a greater array of functions. The new S1000RR also features a new electrical system and a more powerful sensor box, along with a smaller battery weighing about 2.2 lbs (1 kg) less.
As you would expect, the bodywork has been completely restyled. The asymmetric headlight arrangement has been retained but it’s been repositioned and restyled. The 2015 S1000RR is available in Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport colors.
We’ll have a complete breakdown of the new 2015 S1000RR in our Winter 2014 BMW Motorcycle Magazine. You can also see all the photos in our 2015 BMW S1000RR photo gallery.
Highlights of the new BMW S1000RR:
- Increased power output and torque: 199 hp (146 kW) at 13,500 rpm and 83 lb-ft (113 Nm) at 10,500 rpm.
- Even better rideability thanks to increased torque from approx. 5,000 rpm upwards as well as a more linear curve. A broad plateau of peak torque available in the rev range from around 9,500 up to 12,000 rpm.
- Re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves.
- New intake system with shorter intake lengths, larger airbox and full E‑gas ride-by-wire.
- Reduction in weight of 9 lbs (4 kg) to 450 lbs (204 kg) with a full tank of fuel (making allowances for equipment).
- New exhaust system weighing around 6.6 lbs (3 kg) lighter without a front silencer.
- Riding modes “Rain,” “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of Pro riding mode with two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable).
- Launch Control for flawless starts as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature.
- Pit-lane speed limiter for maintaining an exact speed in the pit lane as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature.
- New, lighter frame structure with an optimized blend of rigidity and flexibility for more traction, greater precision and clear feedback.
- Refined chassis geometry for even better handling, increased traction and feedback at the limits of performance.
- Fully adjustable spring elements with optimized negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility.
- Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), familiar from the HP4, as a factory option.
- Race ABS with optimized set-up.
- DTC traction control with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps.
- HP Gear Shift Assist Pro for fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting as a factory option.
- New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery.
- Electronic speed control as a factory option.
- More sophisticated instrument cluster with extended array of functions and wide variety of information.
- Completely restyled bodywork.
- Three color schemes: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport.
- Extended range of optional extras and special accessories available ex-works.