The 2012 BMW S1000RR is the same as the old BMW S1000RR, just with a tweaked engine and chassis, improving performance slightly. Peak power and torque numbers remain unchanged, but the curves grow fatter. Much more importantly, the steering angle gets steeper and the wheelbase shrinks, that should help cure the current model’s so-so handling. Oh, and heated grips are now optional, finally making this a real BMW.

Here's all the changes at a glance:

• Optimised torque curve for improved ridability.
• Expansion from two to three performance curves (one each for Rain and
Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode
now 120 kW (163 hp).
• Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and
sensitive acceleration in Rain mode, and immediately direct and
spontaneous response in Sport, Race, and Slick modes).
• Reduced twisting force and tighter twistgrip angle.
• Smaller secondary ratio for boosted thrust.
• Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
• Enlarged cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering
head for greater air flow efficiency.

Touring-style winglets smooth airflow around the rider's arms.

• Better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback.
• Revised spring elements for an even wider range of damping forces.
• Suspension geometry modified with new values for the steering head
angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring
strut length.
• New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
• Forged and milled fork bridge in a new design and with a smaller offset.

The tail retains the R6-like shape, batmobile taillight and Labia-unfriendly seat, gaining vents that pass all the way through top to bottom, decreasing the unit's perceived visual mass.

•Revised design with a leaner tail section, redesigned side panels, centre
airbox cover with side aperture grilles, and winglets.

Colors now include the red/white/black up top, a nicely subtle all-black, an updated red/white/blue motorsports scheme and this surprisingly attractive baby blue.

• For new colour variants: plain Racing Red with Alpine white, Bluefire,
Sapphire black metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours.
• Revised RR logo.
• New heel plates and leaner stabilisers on the passenger footrests.
• Redesigned LCD engine speed display for better readability and with five
dimming levels.
• Instrument cluster with the new functions “Best lap in progress” and
“Speedwarning”; deactivation of “Lamp” fault message when headlamp
or number plate carrier removed.
• Catalytic converters relocated, so no heat shield necessary.
• Expansion to the optional extras and special equipment ex works.

The S1000RR still makes 193bhp, 83lb/ft and weighs 204kg (wet), leaving it behind the new Ducati 1199 Panigale (195bhp, 179kg wet) and 2012 Kawasaki ZX-10R (197bhp and 198kg wet).

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