Although the 2021 BMW S 1000 R puts out the same power as its predecessor, it's lighter and promises to be more sophisticated than before. The S 1000 R will go on sale in the international market in May 2021.
After the S 1000 RR, BMW has now given its naked sibling, the S 1000 R, an update for 2021. The most easily noticeable change to the refreshed S 1000 R is the design. In line with the new BMW Motorrad design language, the S 1000 R now gets a single-piece LED headlamp. The fuel tank design, the quarter fairing, exhaust, and the tail section have been redone too.
The 2021 S 1000 R is now compliant with the Euro5 emission norms, but the change hasn’t affected the power output. It continues to push out 162.2bhp and 114Nm from a 999cc inline four-cylinder engine. BMW claims that more than 80Nm of the max torque is available at as low as 3,000rpm. BMW Motorrad has also reworked the ratios of the 4th, 5th, and 6th gears and has also updated the slipper clutch.
While the power output may be identical to the outgoing model, the performance is expected to be better mainly because of the reduced weight. The S 1000 R’s weight has now been reduced to 199kg, and it can be further reduced by up to 4.8kg by opting for the M package. BMW has also worked heavily upon the chassis – Flex Frame, as it is now called – which has not only aided the weight reduction but has also narrowed the central section of the motorcycle for better control and comfort.
The S 1000 R's list of equipment is also longer than before. The naked offering borrows the 6.5-inch TFT screen from its fully-faired sibling and gets three riding modes – Road, Rain and Dynamic. The S 1000 R now gets cornering ABS and dynamic traction control as standard. As part of the Riding Modes Pro option, the motorcycle also gets adjustable wheelie control, engine drag torque control (MSR), launch control, pit lane limiter, and hill start control.
The S 1000 R is likely to be launched in India around the middle of 2021. Expect it to be priced around the Rs 16-17 lakh mark.