2012 BMW S1000RR

Scarcely two years after the launch in 2009, BMW Motorrad is now presenting the revised model of this successful supersports bike, now with many optimized details. The primary objectives were even greater riding precision and agility, a punchier power buildup, and a more sensitive response. The revised model of the S 1000 RR has incorporated quite a few feedback reports from national super stock races.

The convincing features of the new S 1000 RR are its improved handling with absolute riding stability, supreme engine performance with perfect everyday practicality, and a resounding dynamic performance. The highest level of active safety is safeguarded by the most advanced brake system today on the market, the BMW Motorrad Race ABS. When accelerating, the rider is supported by the Dynamic Traction Control system DTC. Both of these systems have been optimised for the perfect interaction. There have been no changes to the superior engine power of 142 kW (193 hp) with a weight of only 204 kilograms including 90% fuel (206.5 weight with Race ABS).

One of the primary objectives pursued for the revised S 1000 RR model was to improve ridability by boosting thrust and enhancing the linearity and harmoniousness of the power and torque curves. The reconfigured throttle improves overall response. The new, optimised design raises response sensitivity, tightens the twistgrip angle, and reduces the twisting force.

The modifications to the new RR suspension have been instrumental in boosting its riding dynamics. For instance, the upside down fork and the spring strut feature a new internal structure, providing an even wider range of damping forces from comfort to performance. Moreover, the suspension geometry has been modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length to yield even better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback for the new S 1000 RR. This has required modifications to the main frame that also included enlarging the cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency. This package of suspension optimisations is rounded off by an adjustable mechanical steering damper.

Also the ergonomics has been improved in the form of new heel plates for the rider. The stabilisers on the passenger footrests have now been designed for a leaner look. Additional visual accents take the form of wheels painted in glossy black and the red spring in the central strut. The matching swing arm either presents an anodised coating or is kept in black. Sporty dynamics is conveyed by Sapphire black metallic, and in BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours, the new S 1000 RR testifies to its direct relationship with BMW Motorrad Motorsport. The distinctive RR logo has been slightly modified.

The S 1000 RR’s first year in production revolutionised the super-sport market, out performing the more conventional competition which has dominated the market for the past decade. This makes it even more exciting to be able to say that the adrenaline filled 193bhp of sheer excitement, is now more affordable than ever before. Never before has it been so easy to keep so much power under control. This is as true on public roads as it is on the racetrack. The RR is a full-blooded racing bike, even though it can be ridden with a number plate attached.

 

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Specifications

Engine In line four cyclinders, 16 valves
Displacement 999 cc
Bore x Stroke 80 mm x 49.7 mm
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Emission EU-3 norm
Power 193 hp (142 kW) at 13.000 rpm
Torque 112 Nm (83 lb/ft) at 9.750 rpm
wheelbase 56 inches(1422 mm)
length 80.9 inches(2054 mm)
width 32.5 inches(825 mm)
Height 44.8 inches(1138 mm)
Weight kg(lb) 200(442)
Fuel tank capacity 4.6 gallon(17.41 litres)
0-60 mph 2.9 seconds
Quarter mile NA
Top speed 290 kmph (180 mph)
Base price $ 15,050 ( US price )

 

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