The BMW HP4 has been made exclusively for track use and is not road legal.
BMW Motorrad has followed up the launch of their cheapest motorcycles in India, the G 310 R and G 310 GS with the launch of their costliest motorcycle, the HP4 Race. The HP4 race is only for track use and is not road legal which saves you some road taxes. Everything in the BMW HP4 Race has been designed to help the bike do only two things, be light and be fast.
To be light, the BMW HP4 Race employs a full carbon frame and full carbon wheels which also make it the first bike in the world to do so. This has resulted in the motorcycle weighing only 171.4 kgs which is about 37 kgs lighter than the road going BMW S 1000 RR.
To be fast, in a straight line, around a corner and hence around a race track, the BMW HP4 Race deploys top-spec parts. Starting with the engine, which is a 999cc, liquid-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder motor that has four titanium valves per cylinder, DOHC, milled oil sump and precision balanced and lightened crankshaft. And the engine won’t even produce those figures unless it gets at least gets 98 octane petrol (superplus, unleaded). Quit a handful already? Keep reading.
To keep the BMW HP4 Race stable, there are Ohlins FGR 300, upside down forks at the front and Ohlins TTX GTP absorber at the rear. An Ohlins adjustable steering damper is also provided at the front. There’s an anti-hop clutch which controls the 6-speed, racing transmission. The bike rides on 120/70/17 and 200/60/17 Pirelli Diabolo slick tyres at the front and the rear. Yes, they are slick tyres and don’t come with any grooves.
After you have reached the over 299 km/hr top speed of the BMW HP4 Race, there are Brembo Racing twin disc, 4-piston, WSBK GP4-PR with titanium pistons brakes at the front to help you slow down the bike. The rear gets a Brembo Racing single-disc, 4-piston WSBK fixed calliper brakes. And there is also an Akrapovic full titanium WSBK exhaust system for aural pleasure.
Electronic equipment for this German motorcycle includes a BMW Motorrad Race DTC (dynamic traction control),
four riding modes, 2D data recording/stick logger/lap timing/GPS, 2D dashboard, pit limiter and a launch control.
BMW will be producing only 750 units of the HP4 Race bike. The number of units allotted to the Indian market is yet unknown. At Rs. 85 lakhs (ex-showroom), the bike isn’t cheap by any means but does excellently in what it is made to do. The Ducati Panigale 1299 Superleggera that costs Rs. 1.12 crores (ex-showroom) is one bike that competes with the HP4 but it is road legal too.
BMW HP4 Race Price
– The bike has been launched at a price of Rs. 85 lakhs.
– It is not road legal and is meant only for the race track
– Only 750 units of this motorcycle will be produced.