BMW M puts its first-ever motorcycle to the ultimate test.
BMW's M division is best known for building some of the best driver-focused performance cars on the market like the M2, M3, M4, and M5. Last year, however, we were introduced to BMW M's first-ever motorcycle: the M 1000 RR.
Developed by BMW Motorrad in collaboration with BMW M, the M 1000 RR is an undeniably impressive machine, utilizing a 999cc inline-four producing 205 horsepower and 83 lb-ft that enables the 423-pound superbike to sprint from 0-60 mph in a scant 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph. To show what it can do, BMW has been pitting the M 1000 RR against the new M3 Competition in a series of entertaining challenges.
We last saw the M 1000 RR and M3 go head-to-head in a timed hot lap. This time, we get to see these high-performance machines burn some rubber in a drift battle.
Both machines are rear-wheel drive, but a bike has the obvious disadvantage of being a little more difficult to control when it starts going sideways as the rider has to balance the machine, too. But it's still possible to drift a bike if you have the skill, as BMW M's video demonstrates. Since the front and rear brakes are independent, it's relatively easy to spin the rear wheels and perform a tire-smoking burnout on a bike, but drifting with two wheels while keeping the bike balanced isn't easy when one misjudgment will send you tumbling off the bike and kissing the tarmac.
As a reminder, the M3 Competition is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six engine producing 503 hp and 479 lb-ft. With all that power being sent to the rear wheels and new driver assists that adjust the traction and stability control, the new M3 is easier to slide than ever before. If you want to hone your sideways driving skills, the M3 even has a Drift Analyzer tool.
Which BMW M model won the drift competition? Well, the video doesn't announce a winner, so you'll have to decide for yourself. Obviously, we're rooting for the M3 Competition.