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BMW's race-ready S 1000 RR

2009-02-05 08:37
One of the most eagerly awaited sport machines, the BMW S 1000 RR, rolls off the production line in Berlin.

Staff and fans of BMW Motorrad are looking forward to March 1st 2009 with great excitement. At the introductory race to the Superbike World Championship in Phillip Island, Australia, two BMW motorcycles will be in the starting line-up for the first time.

The bikes which riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus they will be racing, are very close indeed to the first BMW S 1000 RR serial models which have just rolled from the Berlin production line

The package of this completely newly developed motorcycle with its 999cc in-line 4-cylinder engine is very compact and light. The dry weight of the motorcycle is 183kg.

Both its sporty performance figures and its tight riding properties make the BMW S 1000 RR a very exciting new addition to the competitive supersports segment where BMW has sorely lacked presence.

The engine has a very compact cylinder head and is narrow in shape. The valves are activated by means of very small, light cam followers, virtually at Formula 1 level in terms of their dimensions. This construction ensures very high engine speeds and allows maximum freedom in engine design in terms of torque and output.

For the S 1000 RR, a completely newly developed ABS system features four different modes. A dynamic traction control system (DTC) will also be available. According to BMW the thought behind the traction control’s function has been borrowed directly from racing.

The distinctive design of the S 1000 RR ties in with the general style of the segment but its styling also reflects distinct BMW DNA.

The new S 1000 RR will be available in the four finishes Mineral Silver metallic, Acid Green metallic, Thunder Grey metallic and – based on the BMW Motorrad racing colours – Alpine White/Lupine Blue/Magma Red.

The production version of the BMW S 1000 RR will be presented to the public around June 2009. It is expected to cost €15,150 in Germany, around R197 000.

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