The big news in India is that BMW Motorrad have officially made their entry into the Indian market with a slew of premium products, but globally the German manufacturer is set to commence production of one of its most powerful production bikes yet.
BMW have confirmed that production of their radical HP4 Race superbike (or hyper bike) is about to begin. In fact, the full production version has already been revealed and its pretty impressive indeed. The HP4 Race is the first BMW to feature a full carbon fibre frame and it's got a power rating of 212bhp.
The bike was first teased at the end of 2016, and now in its production avatar it looks awesome - and that's putting it subtly. The carbon fibre main frame in monocoque construction weighs just 7.8 kilograms and some of the bike's incredible highlights are the carbon fibre wheel, Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and a close-ratio racing gearbox. It also gets some great technology in the form of a 2D dashboard and 2D data recording including logger, Dynamic Traction Control DTC (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels), Engine Brake EBR (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels), Wheelie Control (programmable for selected gears), and Launch Control & Pit Lane Limiter.
However, the BMW HP4 Race isn't for everyone as its a track-only bike, and not homologated for road use. It will also have a production run of just 750 units, and BMW says that each one will be individually crafted. The bike will be available in September 2017 and will cost around Rs 60 lakh in the UK.