The leaked 2019 BMW S1000RR will finally bring the power of M to two wheels
If you're not into biking then all you need to know about the BMW S1000RR is that it's a 1,000cc sportsbike that completely transformed BMW bikes overnight.
When it launched in 2009 it switched the biking community's perception of the Bavarian firm from a creator of steady-away, go-far adventure bikes into purveyors of a nigh-on 200bhp missile that shook up a world dominated by the Yamaha R1, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R 1000 and Aprilia RSV4.
It's as if Dacia suddenly released a Ferrari 488 rival and clobbered the Italians over the head with a cabbage roll. Anyway, there's an all-new S1000RR coming out in 2019 and some git's taken a photo of the spec sheet. And it's got me all in a tither.
The S1000RR's calling card has always been atmosphere-troubling oomph, and the new one has 207bhp at 13,500 rpm, and 113Nm of torque. The current bike has 199bhp and 113Nm of torque, so it's going to be even more mental at the top end.
Notably, the 2019 bike has BMW's new ShiftCam system, first seen on the new 1250GS adventure bike. This essentially means the engine has two cam profiles, which change over when you gun it, or just go above a certain rev limit – and this is probably key to the extra 8bhp in the 2019 bike. In the GS it's reportedly imperceptible in use, unlike Honda's VTEC system from the old VFR800.
The real reason to be excited – BMW M comes to bikes
What's got me properly excited, however, is the mention of the magical 'M' letter on the spec sheet. The standard 2019 bike will weigh 197kg fully fuelled, or 193.5kg with the M Package – likely a mix of carbon parts and forged wheels.
There's also a whole bunch of 'M' optional parts, much like M Performance add-ons in the car world. These include carbon bits, a datalogger, rearsets and levers.
The use of M on a bike means it finally feels as if BMW's fast four-wheeled stuff and two-wheeled stuff will seem as if they're from the same family.
So will we see a BMW M1000RR? Unlikely, but from what we've seen so far, next year could see us have a new litre-bike king.