The biggest surprise at the Intermot show today wasn't what was there, but what wasn't. Everyone was expecting to see the road-going 2009 BMW S1000RR, but instead we got a painted version of the World Superbike racer (which will be ridden by Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser). The company did talk about a few details of the production model: it'll come with traction control and performance-enhancing ABS. But when will we be able to buy one?
While there's no word on the price yet, the company did confirm what we
already knew: the S1000RR will go on sale in Europe in the Spring. BMW
also talked about the cylinder head, which incorporates very small,
very light cam followers that are close to Formula One spec. It's also
believed that the S1000RR will incorporate the company's Double VANOS
variable valve timing technology. These innovations serve both to
increase maximum revs, torque and power; as well as the spread of
torque and power throughout the rev range.
If you haven't already, make sure you check out our 2009 BMW S1000RR tech break down.