Some of the technical details of the 2019 BMW S1000RR have been leaked to Facebook, which show the upcoming superbike to make some considerable gains over its predecessor. We first saw the leak from US tuner Alpha SBK, which posted a photo of the basic specs on its Facebook page.
The goods? 204hp (152 kW) at the crank, with 83 lbs•ft of torque, which is aided by the new ShiftCam valve train that debuted on the BMW R1250GS and other “R” models from BMW Motorrad.
Curb weight is 434 lbs, when 4.35 gallons of fuel is in the bike. That weight can be reduced to 427 lbs, when the option “M Package” is installed, which includes a bevy of carbon fiber pieces and forged wheels.
Compared to the current generation of the BMW S1000RR, this new model makes considerable gains. By BMW Motorrad’s math, the 2019 model year S1000RR has an 8hp advantage over its predecessor, while packing 25 lbs of less bulk (albeit, with a liter less of fuel onboard).
If this information is true, this marks a stout improvement by the German brand on its superbike offering. Interestingly, this data shows that the 2019 BMW S1000RR makes its peak horsepower figure at the same rpm as the current model, which means that BMW isn’t merely spinning its motor quicker to make power. However, peak torque is 500 rpm higher in the rev range, though its value (113 Nm) is unchanged between the model years.
We know from previous reports that the 2019 BMW S1000RR will have a counter-rotating crankshaft, and the rumors of a variable valve timing setup have been mentioned before. Leaked CAD renders of the machine show a sizable change in the chassis design and basic layout of the swingarm and exhaust routing. Of course, the bodywork has also been substantially changed.
BMW is set to make an earnest return to the World Superbike paddock as well, with the German brand powering the Shaun Muir Racing team next season, with Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger. That announcement is expected at EICMA, as is the all-new 2019 BMW S1000RR. Fortunately, that means we only have one more week to wait, and see whether today’s leaked information proves to be true.
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