Headlined by a new engine, lighter frame and even more electronic trickery, the third-gen model of BMW's litre-class top dog, the S 1000 RR, is all set to land on the Indian shores.
Earlier this year, BMW Motorrad confirmed that they’ll be bringing the stonking new S 1000 RR in the country. Now after keeping us on our toes for around four months, the company has decided to finally put its brand new litre-class superbike on sale in India. The third-gen S 1000 RR hits the BMW Motorrad showroom floors across the country on June 27, 2019.
Even since its birth in 2010, the S 1000 RR has gained a cult status in the cut-throat litre-class segment. Over the years though, it’s been facing stiff competition from rivals, which is why BMW decided to give it a complete makeover and brought along the third-gen model. The 2020 S 1000 RR made its public debut at EICMA 2018, and was launched subsequently in global markets. Now it’s time for it to land on our shores.
There are a number of changes in the new model, but let’s start with the most significant ones. First up, the powertrain is still a 999cc inline-four screamer as the old bike, but it’s got a lot of updates. To name some, it now gets hollow titanium valves, as well as BMWShiftCam or variable valve technology. Thanks to the new components, the weight of the engine has gone down by 4 kilos. A new exhaust system reduces 1.4kg more, and all of these modifications result in a power bump of 8bhp. Which means that the S 1000 RR now produces a stratospheric 204bhp! The torque is same at 113Nm though.
BMW has re-engineered the chassis completely, and the S 1000 RR now gets a stiffer and lighter frame. The wheelbase is longer, too, while the rake is steeper. On the whole, the S 1000 RR weighs nearly 11kg less than before – the new bike's kerb weight is 197kg. There’s also an 'M Package' to reduce the weight further as it adds carbon fibre wheels and a light battery to shave off 3.5kg.
Electronics have always been the S 1000 RR’s party piece, and that remains the case with the new model. It gets semi-active electronic suspension and a bi-directional quick-shifter along with four riding modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race as standard. Customers can also opt for a three-way programmable Pro Mode. The 2020 model also gets a 6.5-inch TFT colour display and LED headlamps. But, the signature asymmetrical twin-headlamp setup of the old bike is gone now!
Globally, the 2020 S 1000 RR is offered in three variant- Standard, Sport and M Package. At the moment, we aren’t sure if all of the models will be offered in India. That said, expect the prices to hover around Rs 20 lakh – Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom). Competition for the new Beemer will include usual suspects such as the Ducati Panigale V4, Yamaha R1, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Suzuki GSX-R1000, et al.