We teased you with the BMW HP4 last week, and now the Bavarians have made their tuned-S1000RR officially official. Starting with the top-selling superbike from the German company, BMW has taken the S1000RR and made it the track weapon of choice. The lightest four-cylinder superstock bike on the market at 373 lbs dry (with ABS), the BMW HP4 is also the first motorcycle to get BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), a computer controlled semi-active suspension system.
Getting a number of improvements over the S1000RR, the BMW HP4 maintains the same 193hp peak horsepower figure, but gets a boost from more mid-range torque. As we said, the BMW HP4 is also more svelte than its predecessor, as it sits at 439 lbs / 199 kg at the curb with the fuel tank 90% full — a full 13 lbs lighter when wet, and 26 lbs lighter when dry. Other changes include a revised traction control system, launch control, quick-shifter, and a 200/55 ZR 17 rear-tire size.
The big news here of course is the inclusion of the BMW DDC system to the BMW HP4. Automatically detecting and adapting to the road conditions, the DDC suspension will automatically adjust the HP4′s rebound and compression settings on-the-fly. Allowing for a stiffer ride when blasting through corners, and a more supple ride when cruising on the open road, BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control system is something we are looking forward to experiencing first-hand.
Helping complete the package of HP4′s added power and refined suspension is the bike’s upgraded braking system. Now featuring Brembo radial monoblocks and Brembo 9x floating discs, BMW has also evolved the parameters of its Race ABS package to meet the on-track demands of the HP4. Meanwhile. the HP4′s massive weight savings come courtesy of the forged wheels, lighter sprocket carrier, titanium exhaust, and lighter battery.
BMW makes no qualms about announcing that the HP4 is a homologation special for its racing efforts. As such, the HP4 is set to be an exclusive motorcycle from BMW. There is no word yet on pricing for the BMW HP4 — though we expect it to be well upwards of $20,000 here in the United States.