BMW has released a handful of pictures of their M 1000 XR prototype. Touted as a long-distance sports bike with high long-range capability and supersports riding dynamics, the BMW M 1000 XR is based on the BMW S 1000 XR, which is the company's flagship sports tourer. For those unaware, the S 1000 XR offers a blend of the sporty genes of the legendary BMW RR badge with the ergonomics of the company’s GS badge. After the M 1000 RR and the M 1000 R, the BMW M 1000 XR is the third model souped-up in M performance parts. According to the manufacturer, the 'M' badge is synonymous with high-performance BMW models and is aimed at customers with high demands for performance, exclusivity, and individuality.
In terms of riding ergonomics, the bike gets a front-wheel-oriented seating position and a fat tyre at the back for better bike control. Once launched, the M Competition package will be available with the bike as an optional extra, with carbon fibre components. Speculations are rife that the M 1000 XR is expected to offer forged aluminium wheels, dynamic damper control, a host of electronic aids, and the Race Pro riding mode that allows the rider to customise the bike in accordance with their liking.
BMW M 1000 XR Prototype: Powertrain, Performance
The M 1000 XR boasts an in-line four-cylinder engine, which is capable of producing a total power output of 197bhp. Adding to the power quotient is the ShiftCam technology with variable valve timing. The motorcycle's kerb weight stands at 223 kilograms. With the ShiftCam technology on the 4-cylinder engine and the kerb weight of 223kg, the sports tourer is claimed to deliver the highest performance in the segment. The bike tops out at 280km/h, according to the German manufacturer.
BMW M 1000 XR Prototype: Features
The BMW M 1000 XR features M winglets, claiming to offer better aerodynamic downforce, improved stability even at high speeds, and a lower wheelie tendency. BMW says that the additional wheel load on the front wheel reduces the wheelie tendency during acceleration, resulting in a faster lap time.
Similar to the BMW M 1000 RR and the M 1000 R models, the M 1000 XR prototype gets the M brake with a radial hand brake pump, which is said to deliver maximum braking performance on country roads, during long-distance journeys, and on the race track. Furthermore, the M brake callipers have a blue anodised coating in conjunction with the M logo. Other notable design elements include a short windscreen and sweptback headlights with integrated daytime running lights (DRLs).