Soon after the launch of the updated S 1000 RR, BMW unveiled the new M 1000 R, its ultimate naked superbike and the second model in the two-wheel M Motorsport lineup.
Powering the new M 1000 R is a water-cooled 999 cc, four-cylinder engine derived from the one of the M 1000 RR and pumping out 205 hp at 13,500 rpm and 83 lb-ft (112 Nm) of torque at 11,000 rpm. Not only does this engine have an extra 40 hp over the old S 1000 R but the redline has been increased from 12,000 rpm to 14,600 rpm.
Various upgrades have been made to the engine to achieve these gains. For example, BMW ShiftCam technology is used to vary the valve timing and valve lift on the intake side. There is also a three-part intake shift camshaft that has two cams mounted on a shift segment for each actuated value. The shift cam technology is enabled above 9,000 rpm and works alongside redesigned intake ducts.
The bike also receives four lightweight titanium valves for each combustion chamber and uses a wet sump design. It also has variable intake funnels that can vary their length by a map-controlled servomotor mounted on the airbox. The short intake paths are opened at 11,000 rpm for improved power.
BMW says the 2023 M 1000 R can hit 124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.5 seconds, sprint from 37 mph (60 km/h) to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds, run from 62 mph (100 km/h) to 93 mph (150 km/h) in 2.5 seconds, and storm from 87 mph (140 km/h) to 112 mph (180 km/h) in a mere 2.8 seconds.
A host of riding modes are available and include Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race, Race Pro 1, Race Pro 2, and Race Pro 3. Riders can adjust the throttle maps and engine drag torque control. BMW’s Shift Assistant Pro is also featured which means upchanges and downchanges of the gearbox can be achieved without using the clutch. Launch control and Hill Start Control Pro systems are also standard.
The bike has also been equipped with upgraded brakes, and electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control suspension, and comes standard with aerodynamic winglets to improve stability at high speeds and generate 22 lbs of downforce over the front wheel at 136 mph (219 km/h).
“The M R is the second M model from BMW Motorrad. Based on the current S 1000 R and S 1000 RR, the product substance of the M 1000 R – M R for short – has been tuned to meet the specific requirements of a supersport roadster. The riding dynamics speak for themselves both on the country road and on the track,” BMW Motorrad project manager for 4-cylinder models, Ralf Mölleken described.
The 2023 BMW M 1000 R will land in the United States in January 2023 and be available from $21,345 plus $695 destination.