The HP4 Race made its debut at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival.
The 215 horsepower maniac landed on the US for the very first time.by Sagar, on
Held at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham annually, the Barber Vintage Festival came back for the 13th time on Friday, 6th October, with a host of on-track racing action motorcycle displays, bike shows, stunt shows, special displays, technical seminars.and more.
In addition to all of that, all the 73 thousand and odd motorcycle fans who had mustered at the race track got an opportunity to witness the 215 hp Carbon fiber maniac straight from the heavens, the BMW HP4 RACE.
The HP4 is an exemplary showcase of cutting-edge technology, exotic materials, skilled craftsmanship, design and creativity. This tells us all about the experience, skillset and state-of-the-art know-how the folks at BMW have that make them rise above and beyond.
The track-only monster landed on the shores of the US for the very first time since its launch back in April 2017. It was showcased at the Barber Vintage Festival along with all other BMW models in the vendor area as well as in the pit area with BMW Motorrad Motorsports Advisor and test rider Nate Kern.
BMW also offered demo rides of all the models in its current line-up including the recently released entry-level naked G 310 R, K 1600 B bagger and the C evolution electric scooter. The area also shared space with the brand’s heritage family of neo-retro motorcycles like the R nineT, R nineT Scrambler, the R nineT Pure, the R nineT Racer, and the R nineT Urban G/S.
The R nineT Racer gave the visitors a chance to experience the fast lane through a newfound piece of technology called the EyeRide Virtual Reality. But the highlight of them all was, of course, the BMW HP4 Race.
The HP4 was started up regularly to let people feel the vibrations off the titanium 4-in-2-in-1 exhaust system. The 215 hp monster roared up all the way to 14000 rpm to let shivers run down the spine of everyone around there. All present there unquestionably felt the hair at the back of their neck rise.
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call the HP4 ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. And if you are hunting for one of these now, you may probably be very late. Even if you have $78,000 on you to spare, as only a handful of 750 will be built by the German technocrats.
Assuming you have already placed an order for yourself and are one amongst the 80 units dedicated to the states, know that this strictly track-only bike will roughly last you somewhere between 10 to 15 full blown track days at your favorite circuit. And after that, it’s time for a brand new engine swap since the mighty BMW HP4’s engine lasts only for 3100 miles.
The powertrain on this machine is an engineering feat and is handcrafted by the same chaps who work on the WSBK motorcycle. The water/oil-cooled, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line engine can develop a staggering 215 hp at 13900 rpm and a max torque of 89 lb-ft at 10000 rpm. This RACE screams at the top of her voice at 14500 rpm.
Suspension units on the HP4 are undertaken by the top of the line titanium Öhlins FGR 300 upside down fork offers a full adjustment range. At the rear, Öhlins TTX 36 GP spring strut on the light alloy swingarm makes the scene, and both have a selective adaptation of the suspension geometry according to racetrack layout and riding style.
The new HP4 comes equipped with the 320 mm Brembo GP4 PR monoblock fixed calipers with titanium brake pistons and friction reducing coating at the front and a 220 mm floating discs at the rear. The kinds of stuff used in the Superbike World Cup and even the MotoGP. The high-performance brake pumps are also Brembo Racing derived.
The new HP4 gets 4 riding modes (Wet, Intermediate, Dry1, Dry2), 7 mode Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), 7 level Engine Braking (EBR), 5 level Wheelie Control, Pit Lane Limiter, engine brake torque (drag torque) and Launch Control. All of this can be viewed and operated through a multifunctional 2D dashboard. The 2D data recording system offers the possibility of recording lap times using GPS.
Source: Ultimate Motorcycling