BMW HP4 Race debuts in China

BMW HP4 Race debuts in China

BMW HP4 Race debuts in China

The race-ready motorcycle will be limited to just 750 units globally.

The BMW HP4 Race goes through some strict procedures before being deemed worthy of the badge. There's no reason 200mph shouldn't be possible. Based on the S 1000 RR, the HP4 RACE produces 215 horsepower and weighs just 377 lbs. wet.

BMW has taken wraps off the 2017 HP4 Race, which is the first ever production motorcycle to come with a frame built entirely out of carbon fibre.

Further trackside adjustments can be made with a rear frame that can be set at three heights, and an 8-position foot peg setup. Both FGR 300 upside-down forks and TTX 36 GP rear suspension are supplied by the Swedish manufacturer Ohlins, with identical parts being used both in the Superbike World Championship and in MotoGP. The output has been pegged at 215 hp at 13,900 rpm and 120 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. The rev ceiling is 14,500rpm, some 300rpm higher than the engine in the existing S 1000 RR. It will have a close-ratio racing six-speed gearbox, and a list of electronics to the nose down and wheels planted.

BMW says the systems, including the Engine Brake EBR, can be adjusted 15 ways to suit a specific rider's needs to get the most out of the bike, and that there is also Launch Control "for ideal race starts". This also includes four ride modes - Wet, Intermediate, Dry 1 and Dry 2 - while an on-board 2D datalogger is included with lap timing and Global Positioning System.

Paint finish in BMW HP Motorsport colours.

Of course, if you turn up to a track day on machinery like this, you'd better have the talent to back up the tech, or you're going to look silly.

BMW Motorrad has yet to release a price for the states, but BMW Motorrad UK reports a price of £68,000 and available in September 2017, so expect to pay around $87,000 here in the states.

Carbon-fiberwheels offering a weight reduction of some 30 per cent as compared to light alloy forged wheels.

Öhlins TTX 36 GP spring strut. The HP4 Race gets dual 320mm discs with Brembo four piston monobloc calipers at the front and a 220mm disc rotor with Brembo four-piston caliper at the rear.

The bike comes with a bewildering array of electronic control and assistance systems, including dynamic traction control, engine braking regulation and wheelie control, each of which can be programmed through 15 levels, individually for each gear.

Weight-Optimized electrical system featuring light lithium-ion battery with 5 Ah. This is delivered by an onboard 2D Dashboard that tracks such rider details as lap time, DTC settings, EBR settings, and engine mapping.

Engine Brake EBR (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).

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