The BMW S1000RR has been one of the top sportbikes since its debut in 2009, and now the German company is giving the motorcycle a few nice upgrades. The 2012 model seeks to achieve greater rider precision, a punchier power buildup, and a more sensitive response.
BMW said in a press release:
"Like its predecessor, the new RR knows no compromise, providing the highest level of sporting character and riding dynamics. The convincing features of the new S 1000 RR are its improved handling with absolute riding stability, supreme engine performance with perfect everyday practicality, and a resounding dynamic performance. The highest level of active safety is safeguarded by the most advanced brake system today on the market, the BMW Motorrad Race ABS. When accelerating, the rider is supported by the Dynamic Traction Control system DTC. Both of these systems have been optimised for the perfect interaction."
Here are some of the new features on the 2012 BMW S1000RR.
Optimised torque curve for improved ridability.
- Expansion from two to three performance curves (one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode now 120 kW (163 hp).
- Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race, and Slick modes).
- Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
- Enlarged cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency.
- Revised spring elements for an even wider range of damping forces.
- New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
- Instrument cluster with the new functions "Best lap in progress" and "Speedwarning"; deactivation of "Lamp" fault message when headlamp or number plate carrier removed.
Here's a video from BMW about the new 2012 BMW S1000RR.