BMW Motorrad have released a heavily updated S 1000 XR called the M 1000 XR, joining the M 1000 R and M 1000 RR. Here are all the details of this beast!
The M 1000 XR, or M XR for short, is the third M model from BMW Motorrad following the M 1000 RR superbike and dynamic M 1000 R roadster. It will arrive Down Under in Q1 next year and is priced at $36,690 + ORC for the base model. Press Release: BMW Motorrad Aus.
As the lightest representative of this crossover segment, BMW say the new M XR opens up dynamic riding dimensions previously reserved for thoroughbred superbikes. It combines a high engine output, a DIN empty weight of just 223kg and suspension technology and aerodynamics that are ideally suited to high-performance country road use, extended long-distance trips and fast laps on the race track.
The new M XR features a modified water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine based on the power unit of the S 1000 RR. Its peak power is 148kW (201hp) at 12,750rpm, which is 23kW (31hp) more than on the new S 1000 XR. The maximum torque of 113Nm is reached at 11,000rpm, while maximum engine speed of the M XR is 14,600rpm. Increased rear wheel pulling power in all gears is also provided by a shorter secondary gear ratio using a sprocket with 47 teeth (S 1000 XR: 45 teeth). In addition, the gear ratios of the 4th, 5th and 6th gear are now shorter compared with the S 1000 XR, aiding traction at the rear wheel, acceleration and pulling power.
Its peak power is 148kW at 12,750rpm, which is 23kW more than on the new S 1000 XR.
In addition to drive and suspension technology, aerodynamics was also a key element in the specifications when developing the M XR. The new M XR was given winglets in the area of the front side panels with the aim of achieving even faster lap times on the race track and the best possible riding stability at high speeds. From a speed of about 100km/h, they provide an increase in front wheel load thanks to the aerodynamic downforce generated. It increases by approximately 12kg at 220km/h.
The suspension and chassis of the new M XR are based on the S 1000 XR with the aluminium bridge frame as the centrepiece. The M XR features upside-down forks with a 45mm slide tube diameter at the front. The forks are equipped with closed cartridge inserts, separate hydraulic piston-cylinder systems. Another new feature of the M XR is the additional adjustability of the fork’s spring base in conjunction with the standard Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension strut.
In addition, the forks of the M XR feature an upper fork bridge with an elaborately milled-over handlebar clamp as well as a more front-oriented black aluminium tubular handlebar with lasered “BMW M 1000 XR” lettering. The handlebar end mirrors are also new on the M XR. The fork legs have additionally been modified and are now designed to accommodate the new M brake calipers. The M XR is also fitted with an adjustable steering damper.
After the M 1000 RR and the M 1000 R, the new M XR is the third BMW motorcycle to feature an M brake system. It was developed directly using the experience gained from the racing brakes on BMW Motorrad factory racing machines in the Superbike World Championship. The M brake calipers feature a blue anodised coating in conjunction with the famous M logo. Together with two 320mm brake discs of 5mm thickness and black anodised aluminium brake disc carriers, the brake system equipped with a new radial hand brake pump currently marks the pinnacle of brake development in the field of road-legal systems. The new M XR is already equipped with lightweight forged aluminium wheels as standard. As part of the M Competition package, the exclusive M Carbon wheels are available with newly designed tapes on the rim.
After the M 1000 RR and the M 1000 R, the new M XR is the third BMW motorcycle to feature an M brake system.
The instrument cluster of the new M XR corresponds to the design of the M RR and also offers the M start-up animation. The extended display of the red speed range is a new feature. As optional equipment, comprehensive data material for using the M GPS Laptrigger and the M GPS Datalogger can be provided by means of an unlock code via the OBD interface of the instrument cluster.
M Design and the dynamic design of the M XR signal pure performance and sportiness
Even more than the S 1000 XR, the new M XR with its optimised chassis technology and the most powerful engine to date in a dynamic long-distance sports bike from BMW Motorrad is uncompromisingly designed for sporty riding.
If the new M XR in standard trim is not enough, the M Competition Package offers a compelling mix of refined components for the racing technology enthusiast and the aesthetically minded rider alike.
In addition, this makes the new M XR another 3kg lighter. The M Competition Package includes M Carbon wheels, M Carbon parts such as rear wheel cover with integrated chain guard, side panels, front wheel cover, inner cover and ignition/steering lock cover as well as a fully adjustable M rider footrest system, passenger footrests and the MGPS Laptrigger (unlock code).
The M 1000 XR will cost $36,690 + ORC and the M 1000 XR Competition $44,290 + ORC.