These pictures of the 2009 BMW S1000RR were snapped at Magny Cours as the company tested its new superbike against the direct competition; namely the Yamaha R1, 2008 Honda CBR1000RR and Ducati 1098R. This most conventional of BMWs — it has telescopic forks, chain drive and a 1,000cc inline-four — is aiming to beat the Japanese at their own game, and with 190bhp powering 190kg (wet) it looks like it’ll be able to do just that. With these latest photos, details of the S1000RR’s Formula One-inspired drive train are beginning to emerge.
In comparison, the 2008 CBR1000RR makes 178bhp and weighs 199kg (wet).
Drawing on its car racing expertise, BMW is equipping the 1,000cc,
16-valve engine with its latest Double-Vanos variable valve timing. The
latest iteration of this system allows continuously variable adjustment
of both the inlet and exhaust valve timing, which boosts torque across
the range and reduces emissions. Unlike the VTEC system employed on
the current Honda VFR800, the BMW design has no tangible kick in its
Suspension on the S1000RR is by Öhlins, utilizing its latest SBK-spec
FGR 800 fork with Twin Tube Technology and a pressurized cartridge
damping system. The latter can be seen in the external, rear-mounted
cylinder, which contains a damping piston that reduces the risk of
cavitation. The rear Öhlins shock is the same item used by the factory
Yamaha SBK team.
Brembo provides the brakes, with the latest radial monoblock calipers.
These are being used on many 2009 model year bikes, including the 2009 KTM 990 Supermoto R.
Fuel injection for the S1000RR is provided by Dellorto, which also
supplies systems for the BMW M3 and M5 supercars. Both of those
vehicles use drive-by-wire technology, strongly indicating that a
similar system could be used for BMW’s new superbike.
Hidden by the latest swirly camo from the BMW car division, you can also see new gill-like vents on the right fairing.
BMW Motorrad CEO Hendrik von Kuenheim has stated that only 1,000
S1000RRs will be built in 2009, meaning that at least the first year’s
production of this new machine is going to be extremely hard to come
by. With such advanced technology, we’d expect a similarly high price.
The S1000RR will also be entered in SBK competition for 2009; the
company fully expects to be competitive from day one. According the von
Kuenheim, this will be the first of several new ‘S’ supersport models
from BMW, all of which will do away with BMW’s traditional
idiosyncrasies in order to be directly competitive with the Japanese.
We expect big things.
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