BMW HP4 – Your Track-Tuned BMW S1000RR

07/27/2012 @ 11:36 am, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

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.

Source: BMW

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    Looks fantastic!

  • JasonB

    How can they claim it’s the lightest when it still has a higher wet weight than the standard, and considerably less expensive, ZX-10R?

  • TYPO – FYI – “courtesy of the forges wheels”

  • I’m sorry, but I don’t want my front forks changing by as little as ONE CLICK while riding it.

    One click can make a difference in how the bike is handling when you are on the limit, or how it is pointing into the apex in a specific corner. The last thing I want is the computer deciding how – I – want the bike to work… not what it thinks is ideal.

  • Westward

    So a bike developed from the experience and work of their WSBK effort is not good enough for the public, yet more then enough for a WSBK pilot who is more likely to reach the actual limits of the bike.

    After all, what are a few wins in the BMW in WSBK if Melandri can’t win on a Ducati in Motogp…

    Marco is rubbish…

    Methinks I would like to get one of these machines, but too bad I can only barely afford the Kawasaki equivalent. Maybe there is hope for an 800cc version…

  • Jake

    ” a full 13 lbs lighter when wet, and 26 lbs lighter when dry”

    Did they find heavier water to fill the radiator with? Or does it have a bigger gas tank? Something does not compute.

    Nice bike though.

  • Richard Gozinya

    Only thing that would make this cooler is if they’d done the paintjob up like the old R90S.

  • MikeD

    Well, it is REAL, HURRAY !…and they still managed to keep the heated grips…LOL…truly a BMW to the end.

    Now where are those winning lottery tickets when i need’em ? [o_o]
    But is cool…im too good for this bike…this bike DOES NOT deserve me as her rider…LOL.

    Can someone make like a spread sheet of something so i can figure out whats the deal everyone is talking about her “chunkiness” and her sister “base model” ? Did i sound lost ? Cause i really im.

  • Hard to find fault with anything on this bike, after decades of producing overweight technically inferior motorcycles, BMW took all the things that the Japanese and the Italians have perfected over the years, and did it better than any of them. Pretty impressive.

    But if I do have to fault something it’s the lack of numbers on the tachometer, it’s a gauge not a fashionable clock, we want to see ALL the numbers when we look at the tach.

    The only thing that would make it better is if it had the V-4 engine from the Aprilia and its brakes.

  • Sentinel

    I wonder if this one will have the awesome “engine blowup” feature like the others?

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  • noch

    is this a bmw fanboy forum? the aesthetics are absolutely hideous.

  • MikeD


    NO. Not really. If u do a quick search here for “Bill the Cat” a.k.a BMW S1000RR u’ll find out that most of the opinions are just like yours…maybe on this occasion there’s more positives than negatives because it has grown on some of us ? Go figure.

  • Ryan

    If one could get one of these with the traditional BMW “M” red/white/blue, that would be more than worthy of a perfect first purchase after winning the lottery.

  • F1

    ,always someone hating what the masses agree is one top flash bike. I didn’t like the separate left/right styling at first, but it grows on you. The fact that this is one of the few bikes that can back up the quirky appearance with sublime efficiency and performance makes this one sexy bike. I agree, lottery ticket inclusion into the “must have” bike collection for sure.

  • The Stig

    @Tyler I’m sure the suspension doesn’t change on its own, it changes when you choose. Or your just too bad ass for a class leading superbike.
    @noch are you serious? This bike is much better looking than any Suzuki sportbike on the market.
    I have an s1000rr and yes I’m a huge fan, the bike is magnificent. I agree at first glance I had trouble accepting the different headlights and side fairings. But take a look at the performance of the bike, it’s top “noch”. Every review placed the S1000rr first place (2011), except for one or two reviews which were obviously biased. I am tempted to trade my S1000 for this bike when it is released (if the price is right). But does the DDC control both front and rear suspension?

  • MikeD

    @The Stig:

    But seriously…IMPO…of the big 4 i think the Suzuki looks the best and classiest of the bunch….XCEPT…for that rediculous xhaust can angle and shape.
    I have really warmed up to the Honda’s xhaust solution and new LESS-PUG-FACE by now, too…i wish i could say the same for the “Faces” of the R1 and ZX-10R…im really visual when it comes to my toys…if they don’ look good standing still too IS A NO GO for me…(does that make me sound superficial and shallow ?) LMFAO.
    By the way…i like your “asymetric” bike too…specially with the Bue/White/Red paint job.