Our colleagues at MOTORRAD published this week, exclusively worldwide, the first pictures of what will be the next BMW S 1000 RR 2018.
“It’s the best series bike I’ve ever driven, ” I remember telling Rubén Xaus during his brief stint with the German factory team at Superbikes. When BMW arrived in the sports sector with S 1000 RR, it did so by breaking molds, first by opting for an asymmetric front that would mark its identity and second because it mounted a four-cylinder in-line engine, discarding the boxer configuration. Those who tried it did not leave their amazement, it was (and is) an absolutely outstanding machine but, for one reason or another, never came to set in SBK, with Marco Melandri getting the best results. However, the Bavarians have not changed the design of the BMW S 10000 RR for seven years and for next season in Germany.They want to hit hard again.
This week, our colleagues of MOTORRAD published in exclusive worldwide photos of what will be the BMW S 1000 RR 2018. Changes? Indeed, from top to bottom. With a weight of 214 kg, the current bike is between ten and 15 kg heavier than its competitors, something that at this point no one can afford. The goal would, therefore, be a maximum of 200 kg, for which they had to make it narrower and develop a completely new engine and chassis.
We still do not know anything about the engine, but the truth is that the current engine is already a torrent of sensations. Of course, with Ducati going well over 200 hp with his Panigale (in addition to what the V4 can bring …) and the rest of the machines standing on the same barrier, BMW has to put something out of the sleeve. While the BMW HP4 Race that we could try Estoril reached up to 215 hp, according to the photographer who took the pictures, that mule did not sound like a traditional tetracilíndrico, but much more like the cross-plane configuration that uses, for example, Yamaha on your R1. Perhaps, that HP4 Race was the “Final Edition” of the S 1000 RR as we get it. BMW S 1000 RR 2018 price is Rs 1,800,000.
As for the chassis, in the photos published by MOTORRAD, it can be seen that it is completely new and presumably made of two pieces of aluminum that would use the engine as a support, in the style of the MV Agusta F4, and with a bare tubular sub-frame. His appearance has also changed radically, were not you a fan of the asymmetrical front? Good news.
From what we see in the photos, BMW has “killed” the characteristic front of the S 1000 RR and has opted for a more traditional one with two LED headlights placed on both sides of the ram-air silhouette, very much in the style of the Energy EGO, so you can get an idea. Another feature that would have been lost is that pointed shape with which the front ended, now much more curved. In general terms, the lines of this BMW are much lighter and the set has been trimmed with a much shorter tail than the current one.
If it will arrive like this in November or is not yet to be seen. Although we see test bikes rolling on our roads, they are just that, test bikes that can undergo changes at any time