The new 2-wheeler unveiled by BMW Motorrad is set to lead the superbike segment in the Malaysian market
by ADRIAN PHUNG
BMW Motorrad Malaysia recently unveiled the highly-anticipated BMW S 1000 RR which comes with an array of exhilarating enhancements which going to reaffirm its position as the superlative superbike.
BMW Group Malaysia MD Hans de Visser said the introduction of the two-wheeler marks another thrilling milestone in BMW Motorrad’s rich legacy of engineering sporty and dynamic motorcycles.
“Intrinsically tied to the race-track, every aspect of this super-bike has been precisely designed with the clear goal of getting the most out of each lap, making it a natural favourite for riders with a penchant for pursuing pure and exhilarating performance,” he said in a statement.
De Visser highlighted that the new S 1000 RR is now even more focused to meet the needs of those that constantly demand more out of themselves and their machine.
“Embodying the spirit of high-performance racing, we are confident that the superbike will continue to inspire riders that embrace challenges fearlessly and persistently.
“With the new S 1000 RR, we invite riders to #NeverStopChallenging and to unlock new realms of exhilaration on the track and beyond,” he said, adding that the S 1000 RR stands as one of the highest performing models from the BMW Motorrad portfolio.
With a legacy that stretches back to its debut in 2009, de Visser said the latest iteration of the S 1000 RR series raises the bar even higher for the segment as it comes with a range of comprehensive innovations to its engine, suspension, chassis, aerodynamics, design and assistance systems. “All this has been driven with one clear goal in mind — claiming the pole position over and over again,” he added.
Similar to its predecessor, the chassis of the two-wheeler is welded in an aluminium bridge frame which integrates the engine in a 32° incline forward. With the aim of optimising flexibility laterally, the main frame of this superbike has been enhanced with several openings in the side areas while its steering head angle has been flattened out by 0.5° and the offset of the triple clamps reduced by 3mm.
“This new chassis geometry is accompanied not only by even better riding precision, but also by increased accuracy and clearer feedback from the front wheel. Additionally, the front and rear sections, as well as the winglet have also been redesigned to increase the aerodynamic performance and sportiness of the motorbike,” he said.
In term of engine, it is a four-cylinder in-line engine that has been refined further with its peak power now at 154-kilowatt (210hp) at 13,750 rpm while the maximum torque of 113 Nm is generated at 11,000 rpm.
Alongside the updated performance are innovations that ensure greater control for riders including the new “Slide Control” function in the dynamic traction control (DTC), which assists the rider when accelerating out of a bend. It comes with two available pre-set drift angles for the traction control system, both utilising an advanced steering angle sensor to reduce slip and stabilise the motorcycle during leaning, as soon as the pre-set steering angle is achieved.
“Another notable innovation is the new ‘Brake Slide Assist’, part of the standard ABS Pro, that allows the rider to set at a pre-determine drift angle, or so-called braking drifts, while sliding into corners at a maintained speed,” de Visser said while mentioning that the S 1000 RR comes with four riding modes — “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race”.
With a retail price of RM129,500 and RM149,500 (on the road with BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s three years warranty and three-year roadside assistance programmes, without insurance) for S 1000 RR Style Passion and S 1000 RR M Package, respectively, the S 1000 RR Style Passion comes in Racing Red colour way while the racing-oriented M Package comes in Lightwhite colourway.
For more information on the S 1000 RR, interested customers can visit their preferred authorised BMW Motorrad dealer or visit www.bmw-motorrad.com.my.
- This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition