2015 BMW S1000RR Preview | First Look

2015 BMW S 1000 RR First Look

BMW Motorrad has announced the debut of the 2015 S1000RR at the Intermot 2014 motorcycle fair.

Early information from BMW indicates there will be a lot to show in terms of refinements since the model’s introduction in 2009, starting with its uprated output motor that delivers peak torque of 83 ft/lbs, an increase in engine output of six horsepower to 199, plus a reduction in weight of nearly nine lbs for a total of 448.8 lbs with a full tank of fuel and Race ABS (making allowances for equipment).

The increased power results from the re-engineered cylinder head with new port geometry, new intake camshaft and lighter intake valves.

In addition, the 2015 BMW S1000RR’s airbox has modified capacity and shorter intake lengths make mixture preparation more effective. There is a new exhaust system, which eliminates the front silencer and weighs around 6.6 lbs less.

Increased torque above 5000 rpm and a more linear torque curve, as well as a wide torque plateau that allows the rider to summon up almost maximum pulling power between 9,500 and 12,000 rpm (83 ft/lbs), improve acceleration from stop signs as well as high speed passing power.

The RR is built around a new, lighter chassis designed to offer a blend of rigidity and flexibility. Chassis geometry features redefined values for the steering head angle, wheel castor, wheelbase and swingarm pivot point, resulting in optimized handling, increased traction and solid rider feedback, particularly under high performance conditions.

Wheel suspension and damping are delivered by fully adjustable spring elements, but with modified negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility. The new S 1000 RR can also be specified with the new version of the electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension as a factory-fitted option – already familiar from the HP4 – that provides the basis for precision chassis set-up.

Adaptability to riding conditions is provided by three riding modes as standard: “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race”. If the Pro riding mode option is selected, these can be supplemented by the two additional modes “Slick” and “User”. The Pro riding mode option also features Launch Control for optimized racing starts as well as the programmable pit-lane speed limiter. The optional HP Gear Shift Assist Pro enables lightning-fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting.

The new RR has Race ABS (semi-integral) as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) included as standard equipment. In conjunction with the optional Pro riding mode feature, it can be equipped with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including banking sensor and precision calibration. All control systems have been retuned and further improved in terms of their control precision and characteristics.

All new for 2015, the RR is now also available with an optional electronic speed control for staying within the current speed limits.

The multifunctional instrument cluster includes a new dial for the analogue tachometer as well as a redesigned LCD display offering a far greater array of functions.

The new S 1000 RR furthermore features a new electrical system and a more powerful sensor box, along with a smaller battery weighing around 1 kg less.

There is completely restyled bodywork; the asymmetric headlight arrangement on the outgoing model has been retained as a characteristic distinguishing feature, but the headlights have been repositioned and restyled, setting the 2015 RR apart from all that preceded it.

Available color schemes include Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and the BMW Motorsport colors. As of this writing, no price was released.

2015 BMW S1000RR Highlights:

  • Increased power output and torque:  199 horsepower at 13,500 rpm and 83 ft/lbs at 10,500 rpm.
  • Increased torque from approx. 5,000 rpm upwards as well as a more linear curve. A broad plateau of peak torque available in the rev range from around 9,500 up to 12,000 rpm.
  • Re-engineered cylinder head with new port geometry, new intake camshaft and lighter intake valves.
  • New intake system with shorter intake lengths, larger airbox and full E‑gas ride-by-wire.
  • Reduction in weight of 4 kilograms to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel (making allowances for equipment).
  • New exhaust system weighing around 3 kilograms lighter without a front silencer.
  • Riding modes “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of the Pro riding mode with two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation to riding conditions.
  • Launch Control for better starts as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature.
  • Pit-lane speed limiter as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature.
  • New, lighter frame structure.
  • Refined chassis geometry for improved handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback at high performance.
  • Fully adjustable spring elements with optimised negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility.
  • Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), familiar from the HP4, as an option.
  • Race ABS with optimized set-up.
  • DTC traction control with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps.
  • HP Gear Shift Assist Pro for fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting as an option.
  • New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery.
  • Electronic speed control as an option.
  • New instrument cluster with extended array of functions and wide variety of information.
  • Completely restyled bodywork.
  • New color schemes with three individual characters: 
Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport.
  • Extended range of optional extras and special accessories available ex-works.


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