With hot-hatch rivaling power and hypercar performance.
BMW's M Division has a history steeped in motorsport, turning run-of-the-mill BMW sedans and coupes into racetrack dominating sports cars for the youth to aspire to. The M designation has been applied to a number of vehicles throughout the years, from the physics-defying BMW X5 M to the staples of the brand like the newly unveiled BMW M3 and M4 twins. There's always been a massive cost associated with buying an M car, too, as the cheapest M car on sale currently, the BMW M2 Competition starts at an MSRP of $58,900. But now, there's a new BMW M model available for less than $40,000.
Meet the first-ever BMW M motorcycle: the BMW M 1000 RR.
In line with other M models, the M 1000 RR is a motorsport-focused model that aims for maximum performance, dialing up the already impressive S 1000 RR to a whole new level. The superbike is the first full M model available from the brand, despite M performance parts being offered for numerous Bimmers since 2018.
At the heart of the new performance-oriented superbike are a potent engine and a lightweight body. The engine, a 999cc inline-four with BMW's ShiftCam technology, produces 205 horsepower at 14,500 rpm, just shy of the stratospheric redline of 15,100 rpm. But while the power might seem impressive, the torque claim is a little underwhelming at just 83 lb-ft. However, the M 1000 RR tips the scales at a scant 423 lbs. There's even launch control, enabling a 0-62 mph sprint of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph.
In comparison to the S 1000 RR, the M RR saves weight by means of a new titanium exhaust system and bespoke suspension parts and bodywork. The latter places a high focus on aerodynamics, with M winglets made of clear-coat carbon fiber providing more downforce on the front wheel for better handling at speed. As for the chassis, an aluminum bridge frame is the main component but is supplemented by M brakes with blue calipers and M carbon wheels. The whole look is decidedly M with the M Sport color scheme proudly emblazoned over the bodywork.
It's not entirely stripped down for track duty, however, as the M RR is loaded with tech. This includes a 6.5-inch digital display with a built-in M GPS data logger and laptrigger, Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race, and Race Pro1-3 riding modes, dynamic traction control, and two adjustable throttle curves.