2014 BMW HP4

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Meet the 2014 BMW HP4, a scary German machinery that wears a High Performace badge. The motorcycle was derived from the S 1000 RR so it is powered by the lightest 4-cylinder engine in the segment.

The 999cc, water/oil-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, 4-stroke unit puts out a peak power of 193 Hp (142 KW) at 13,000 rpm and 83 Lb/Ft (112 Nm) at 9,750 rpm. All this power can propel you to a maximum speed of over 125 mph and is kept in leash by a constant mesh six speed gearbox.

The engine is mounted in the center of an aluminium composite bridge frame which sits on a front upside down telescopic fork with Dynamic Damping Control DDC, Adjustable Spring Preload and Electronically Adjustable Damping. Out back there is an aluminium dual swing arm with dynamic damping control DDC (central spring strut), hydraulically adjustable spring preload, adjustable compression and rebound damping.

The 2014 BMW HP4 is offered with a base price of $20,835.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 BMW HP4.



When light weight, massive power and razor-sharp handling are combined, the result is known as HP - High Performance. The new HP4 is BMW Motorrad’s first 4-cylinder model to wear the HP badge. Based on the S 1000 RR, a purebred factory motorcycle has been developed - made from the very best materials and molded into unparalleled design.

Pure power:


The lightest 4-cylinder engine in the segment provides uncompromising power with an output of 193 bhp and a maximum torque of 83 lb/ft. The new exhaust silencer provides a higher level of torque in the mid-range, so there is power available where it’s needed most to deliver stunning lap times.

Pure intelligence:


With the world’s first ever dynamic suspension system DDC (Dynamic Damping Control), the HP4 is the most advanced production sporting motorcycle ever built. DDC automatically adapts the suspension damping to the situation at hand. Various modes are available to choose from: Rain and Sport for public roads, Race and Slick for the race track. The further enhanced Dynamic Traction Control on the HP4 supplements this perfectly. It can be finely adjusted in Slick mode to dial in the perfect balance between system support and rider control. The result is transparent feedback, maximum traction and optimum acceleration.

Pure exclusivity:


The new HP4 comes into its own with its refined paint finish in white and Racing blue. The HP4 will only be available in limited numbers through 2014.


Engine typeWater/oil-cooled in-line 4-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four titanium valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts
Bore x stroke80 mm x 49,7 mm
Rated output193 hp (142 kW) at 13,000 rpm
Max. torque83 lb/ft (112 Nm) at 9,750 rpm
Compression ratio13.0 : 1
Mixture control / engine managementElectroinc injection, digital engine electronics with integrated knock control (BMS-KP)
Emission control1 closed-loop 3-way catalytic converters, EU-3 norm with electronically controlled interference pipe and acoustic valves
Maximum speedover 125 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h5.7 l (41 mpg at 56 mph)
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h5.9 l (40 mpg at 75 mph)
Fuel typePremium unleaded
Alternatorthree-phase generator 350 W
Battery12 V / 7 Ah, maintenance-free
ClutchWet multidisc anti-hopping clutch, mechanically operated
GearboxConstant-mesh 6-speed gearbox, straight-toothed
Drive17/45 chain; Shift Assistant: clutchless upshifting under acceleration; Launch Control: Launch control for race starts
FrameAluminium composite bridge frame, partially self-supporting
Front wheel location / suspensionUpside down telescopic fork Ø 46 mm, dynamic damping control DDC, adjustable spring preload, electronically adjustable damping
Rear wheel location / suspensionAluminium dual swing arm, dynamic damping control DDC (central spring strut), hydraulically adjustable spring preload, adjustable compression and rebound damping
Suspension travel front / rear4.7/5.1 inches (120 mm/130 mm)
Wheelbase56.0 inches (1,422.7 mm)
Castor3.9 inches (98.5 mm)
Steering head angle65.99°
WheelsForged aluminium wheels
Rim, front3.50 x 17"
Rim, rear6.00 x 17"
Tyres, front120/70 ZR 17
Tyres, rear200/55 ZR 17
Brake, frontTwin disc brake, floating brake discs on nine bearings, four piston monobloc fixed caliper, diameter 320 mm, 5 mm thick
Brake, rearSingle disc brake, single piston floating caliper, diameter 220 mm, 5 mm thick
ABSSTANDARD Race ABS with IDM calibration (part integral, 4 modes, can be switched off); DTC: Dynamic Traction Control, disengageable, four modes (Rain, Sport, Race, Slick), adjustable in Slick mode; DDC: Dynamic Damping Control semi-active adjustable suspension, four modes (Rain, Sport, Race, Slick), adjustable in all modes
Length80.9 inches (2,056 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors)32.5 inches (826 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors)44.8 inches (1,138 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight32.3 inches Standard
Inner leg curve, unladen weight71.3 inches Standard
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)439 lbs (199 kg) incl. Race-ABS
Dry weight 2)373 lbs (169 kg) incl. Race-ABS
Permitted total weight893 lbs (405 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment)456 lbs (207 kg)
Usable tank volume4.6 gallons (17.5 l)
ReserveApprox. 1 gallon (4 l)
Price$20,835 (including ABS)

Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)
1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume
2) Unladen weight without fluids


The BMW HP4 is without a doubt a true beast on two wheels rewarding you with a huge amount of power, mind blowing speeds and high tech features. However the really interesting fact is that in the latest years, the BMW HP4 has made a huge progress as far as user-friendliness and ease of riding are concerned.

The motorcycle is fairly capable to win any superbike race, but is also less threatening than other models in its class which makes it truly adorable. It goes only as far as you want to push it and that huge army of advance electronics feels like is able to read your thoughts keeping you safe and in full control of the motrocycle.

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