At eight years old, the BMW S1000RR has aged remarkably well, due in part to a healthy update for the 2015 model year.
But, when compared to the cutting edge bikes in the market right now, the venerable “RR” does seem to be lacking some modern touches, so it shouldn’t surprise us to see the German brand updating its machine for the 2018 model year.
Caught testing by the busy lenses at Motorrad Magazine, the 2018 BMW S1000RR appears to be an all-new motorcycle, with several noticeable changes to the chassis, and rumored changes to its four-cylinder engine.
The most obvious details for 2018 include a redesigned swingarm, a modified chassis shape, restyled bodywork and aesthetic pieces (note the new exhaust can and matching headlights), and the engine case sports changes that suggest the inner-workings of the inline-four engine have been modified.
Thus looking close to a final production form, we would expect this all-new superbike to debut at the 2017 EIMCA show in Milan, as a 2018 model year motorcycle.
Our guess for other features on the 2018 BMW S1000RR would include a more robust and adjustable electronics system, which takes better use of the bikes inertial measurement unit (IMU).
A TFT-dash is also likely (BMW has been pushing this tech on its current crop of machines), and we expect modest power gains while still being Euro4 compliant.
With EIMCA still a few months away, in early-November, we still have some time to suss out news about the 2018 BMW S1000RR, and how extensive its changes actually are – but so far, we like what we see. Stay tuned.