Almost every bike vs car track race ends with the bike coming in milliseconds behind the car simply because this last has better grip and can negotiate curves with much more speed, while the bike accelerates faster on the straights. That’s a fact. But what happens when BMW’s 190bhp superbike, the S1000RR challenges a 700bhp Chevrolet Corvette on an abandoned airfield in Germany? In this case, it is all about acceleration, so you can trust us that the bike adjudicates the win.
If you, like us, can’t understand a word of what those guys are saying and can’t wait for the actual drag race, simply move to minute 3:50, lay back and enjoy.
There’s nothing wrong with BMW wanting their S1000RR superbike to teach the Japanese liter bikes a lesson – and considering the Beemer’s 193hp and 403.5 lb dry weight, not to mention the $13,800 MSRP, the German giant has all the chances to do so - , but when we heard about the BMW S1000RR Carbon Edition, the first reactions sounded something like “this is just too good to be true” and, yes, we can’t take our eyes off this very exclusive motorcycle.
As the name suggests, the fairing is made of carbon fiber, but BMW options such as traction control, ABS and alarms are all standard on the special edition model. Also, the Akrapovic full exhaust system increases power with as much as 10hp while smoothening mid-range torque. Sounds great to us and with an MSRP of €24,990 ($35,685), the Carbon Edition can make a rider feel extremely proud of his new acquisition.
Very satisfied of the BMW S1000R superbike teaser showing the machine in the presence of supermodels and cheetahs, German photographer Markus Hofmann has decided to play the same card once again, this time to present Haute Couture.
“There are so many motorcycle manufacturers that combine motorcycles and women in an artless and sleazy way, that I thought there just had to be a better way of doing it. I had no intention of putting a naked woman on a bike, and it was very clear to me that the bike had to be the S 1000 RR Superbike in the same colour that people have seen on the racetrack in 2009. I didn’t want the bike to fade into the background either; showing the name of the manufacturer was also very important for me, because it made the feeling of a pit stop and racetrack environment much more authentic”
To us, this is the same scenario, only that the cheetahs were probably released in the wilderness meanwhile because they’re nowhere to be found. Video is attached after the break.
While we have no new information about the 2010 BMW S1000RR as the bike was covered in a post based on the official press release, we’re now happy to see that BMW decided to refresh the picture gallery with new track and road shots of the red, white and blue version, as well as some with the bike stripped down or with the engine off of it.
BMW has also released a new video with their superbike in action both on the track and on public roads, showing the endless fun possibilities offered by their still new machine.
Troy Corser left his S1000RR Superbike in favor of Nick Heidfeld’s F1 car, for a test run on the Nürburgring track. The swap was found interesting by both BMW pilots, but we understand that Corser had a 500bhp advantage, which is nothing to be neglected.
Although the BMW Sauber F1 car puts down 700bhp and the BMW S1000RR Superbike disposes of 200bhp, the bike is still the one catching the most of our attention simply because Superbike racing is much more spectacular than F1 racing.
See the video and what the pilots have to say about this interesting swap after the break.
BMWSuperBikes has released the latest video of BMW’s new S 1000 RR Superbike, one in which we can hear the bike idling and being revved while engineers take us through the technical specs and design overview. They also show off the ingenious asymmetrical headlights, so it’s kind of what riders do when they first present a new ride to their friends.
BMW has made its all-new S 1000 RR superbike official at last! Going through the performance data – 193 horsepower at 13,000 RPM, 82.5 lb-ft of torque at 9,750 RPM, 455.3 lbs. wet weight – we can’t help being amazed by what the German engineers could deliver; not that we ever underestimated them, but this is the best power-to-weight ratio of all literbikes so far and this is just a promising debut.
The bike will feature ABS and an extremely advanced traction control system as standard equipment while an HP Gearshift Assistant stands for full-power clutchless upshifts so we’re expecting it to break one track record after another.
Easy to distinguish due to the asymmetrical headlights and uniquely shaped fairing, the Beemer will lead to the development of racing bikes that will be piloted by Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus during the 2010 WSBK Championship. Starting from a street legal bike is the main condition for racing so expect it to go on sale in U.S at the beginning of 2010.
The guys at Solo Moto have recently presented a strange photo session of the BMW S 1000 RR in which cheetah were “mastered” by a beautiful model right next to the bike. Wait, does this mean that the BMW will be the fastest superbike out there, just as the cheetah is the fastest cat out there?
We certainly know that the 2009 BMW S 1000 RR will make its debut at the World Superbike race on May 29th at Miller Motorsports Park, but we’ve long been wondering and digging for information regarding the all-new bike’s price and couldn’t find any clue whatsoever. But now we’ve just heard that the two-wheeled Beemer will not only be close to Japanese bikes in matters of performance, but in what concerns the price too.
Pieter de Waal, Vice President of BMW Motorrad USA said: "We intend to take the four Japanese head-on. We did not intend to build a motorcycle like Ducati does or KTM does. We wanted to build a mainstream motorcycle,"
Expected to be priced within 10% of the Japanese liter bikes, the 2009 BMW S 1000 RR will be one hell of a German bang for the buck. That translates into approximately $15,000, the price which will help show the market’s preferences between Japanese and European as we’ve been long hearing that if these lasts wouldn’t have been so expensive then people would have bought them in a much greater number.