By: Mike Ginsca
Fresh off the heels of the redesigned 2020 BMW S1000RR, BMW is already giving us a more track focused version. Dubbed the BMW M1000RR, the new bike has a power increase, new bodywork, an optimized chassis, & new brakes to take on the best from Ducati & Aprilia.
Starting with the engine, the M RR has a bump in power from 207 hp to 212 hp. That puts it more in line with the 214 hp Ducati Panigale V4S. The M1000RR’s peak torque comes in at 14,500 rpms while the redline has been increased to 15,100 rpms. The engine went through quite a few changes in order to increase its power output. It has new 2-ring forged pistons from Mahle, adapted combustion chambers, compression increased to 13.5, longer and lighter titanium connecting rods from Pankl, slimmer and lighter rocker arms, fully machined intake ports with new duct geometry as well as optimizations on camshafts and intake area. The new engine changes have also improved its overall powerband from 6,000 rpms to 15,100 rpms making it quicker to pickup on both track and street riding.
The chassis was optimized with track riding in mind. It has a bridge frame made out of aluminum as its centerpiece along with revised upside-down front forks. Although the chassis geometry was redesigned with track riding in mind, BMW says that it is still very derivable for city streets. Special attention was paid to optimizing drivability, the braking and anti-squat control as well as the best possible feeling of the driver for the front and rear wheel.
The BMW M1000RR now comes with “M brakes” for the first time. Unlike the competition from Ducati & Aprilia which employ Brembo brakes, the new bike will use in-house brake calipers with technology derived from the World Superbike Championship. These new brakes will also have an easy time slowing down the bike because the M RR will come standard with carbon fiber wheels.
The bodywork has been slightly altered over the S100RR to incorporate new winglets. A new trend in the superbike category. These new winglets provide downforce to keep the front tire down while accelerating as well as providing better stability during braking and cornering. They are made out of clear-coat carbon fiber and BMW says that top speed has not been affected by the addition of these winglets.
If all of these changes are not enough for you, then opt for the Competition Package. This includes an M GPS laptrigger and activation code, M milled parts package, M carbon package, silver, 220 g lighter swinging arm, DLC-coated M endurance chain and passenger package including tail-hump cover.
Pricing for the new BMW M1000RR will start from $42,400 CAD and will be available for the Canadian market in the second quarter of 2021.
Full Press release: BMW Canada