The BMW S1000R was first unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan last year. The S1000R is the street fighter version of the S1000RR that is currently being sold in the country. The bike retains the sporty bits from the RR version but loses the extra ‘R’ in the end along with the full fairing. BMW Motorrad will launch the S1000R in India later this year, bringing the superbike via the CBU route. The BMW S1000R will be priced at around Rs. 18 lakhs in the country, competing against the Kawasaki Z1000.
The S1000R shares its powertrain with the S1000RR. It is powered by an inline 4-cylinder 999cc engine which serves on the RR as well, albeit in a different state of tune. The motor is tweaked to produce 160 BHP of power (193 BHP on the RR) and 112 Nm of torque at 9250 RPM. The S1000R has been tuned for low and mid-range torque while having a punchy response throughout the rev range.
The BMW S1000R comes with split lights at the front, while the rear can be upgraded to LED tail lights and indicators. The side carries the gill fairing in a small portion, with the R badge prominent on the fenders. The split seats are designed to offer the best seating position to the rider and provide adequate comfort as well. Stopping power comes from 320 mm twin disc brakes in the front and a 220 mm single disc brake at the rear. The S1000R is capable of doing speeds in excess of 240 km/hr with a kerb weight of 207 kgs.
Being a BMW, the S1000R comes fully loaded with Race ABS and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) as standard with manual deactivation option. You also get dual riding modes namely Rain and Road. While the Rain mode provides more traction providing gentle throttle response for wet surfaces, the Road mode optimises the throttle for dry stretches. You can also opt for the Dynamic and Dynamic Pro modes to unleash all the horses that the S1000R can contain.
BMW has also featured DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) as an add-on feature and the BMW Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) active suspension is also available as an option. The DDC active suspension uses sensors and adapts to the riding conditions. The feature will also be available on the S1000RR and the S1000R is currently the only bike to offer this technology in its segment. The S1000R will definitely appeal to those who like the agility of a sports bike and the aggressive styling of a street-fighter. The sales of the BMW S1000R will commence by the festive season.