After much speculation and widely circulating spyshots, BMW has officially unveiled its World Superbike contender.
The past two years has seen BMW enter a number of segments where the country wasn't represented before, like Sports Enduro. Now the German manufacturer is getting seriously speedy with its new World Superbike contender.
"We are confident that we will be able to start the Superbike World Championship next year with a convincing all-round package, and that our series motorcycle will be just as convincing," says BMW Motorrad General Director, Hendrik von Kuenheim.
"In terms of both its technology and price, our Supersports (motorcycle) will be absolutely competitive. It is our objective to offer the customer a high-performance motorcycle with absolutely outstanding qualities and features on both the road and race track in terms of rideability, performance, and ergonomics."
This models is still in the middle of its development process, so no technical specs have been released as yet. What BMW has confirmed is that the bike will officially be known as the S 1000 RR.
"In choosing the name and designation of BMW's new Supersports (motorcycle), we are consistently following our nomenclature at BMW Motorrad.
"In this name, the 'S' stands for Supersports, marking a new class of motorcycles from BMW. The '1000' designates the size of the engine, and the 'RR' naturally stands for the model itself," explains von Kuenheim.
Various different engine concepts were considered for this model, but BMW has decided in favour of a straight four because it best meets the company?s requirements for power, performance, weight and package. BMW is confident that the engine will offer a number of special features, especially on the cylinder head.
According to BMW, and in compliance with the rules of the World Superbike Series, the new motorcycle will be available to customers in 2009 and the company will build 1000 production models by the end of next year.