The new BMW S1000RR hasn’t even officially debuted yet, but it feels like we already know a great deal about this new superbike.
Found on Reddit, and first posted by the Instagram account @S1000RRgram, these photos appear to come from the catalog for the 2019 BMW S1000RR, giving us a good perspective on how the bike compares in size to its rider.
The photos also give us a strong look at the S1000RR’s front fairing and headlight design, which finally features symmetrical lights.
What we know from previous leaks is that the 2019 BMW S1000RR will make 204hp (152 kW) at the crank, with 83 lbs•ft (113 Nm) 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 set at 434 lbs, when the 4.35 gallons of fuel are 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).
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.
This is all pretty good progress from the German brand, and it punts the S1000RR near the top of the list when it comes to spec-sheet superbike racing. Of course, BMW Motorrad will now have to contend with the recently debuted Ducati Panigale V4 R, which packs 217hp (162 kW) in stock trim, and 231hp when the race kit is installed.
Expect the 2019 BMW S1000RR to debut on Tuesday, at the EICMA show in Milan, where it will also be announced that Tom Sykes will race the machine in the World Superbike Championship, alongside Markus Reiterberger, in the Shaun Muir Racing team.
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