BMW M 1000 R on the Way, Naked

BMW M 1000 R

The streetfighter trend at the time was heavily influenced by handcrafted goods. In order to avoid having to replace costly OEM body panels, several wrecked GSX-R1100s were resurrected on the road with aftermarket headlights and wide handlebars. But today, the majority of brands sell factory-made streetfighters. BMW is poised to step up its game for 2023 by releasing the new M 1000 R.

The S 1000 R, which is effectively a naked version of the S 1000 RR superbike, is currently available for purchase from a BMW dealer. But up until now, BMW has refrained from giving it the most potent version of its four-cylinder engine.

As a result, the S 1000 R uses the detuned 162 hp version of the engine that powers the S 1000 XR whereas the S 1000 RR's engine is said to produce north of 200 hp. That may be more than enough to make it an exhilarating ride, but the current German naked falls short in spec-sheet comparisons with the likes of Ducati's 205 horsepower Streetfighter V4 and MV Agusta's similarly potent Brutale 1000.

The BMW M 1000 R, which will be available in 2023, offers riders who seek the Teutonic essence of the BMW with the raw performance of the Latin duo.

BMW M 1000 R

The M 1000 R will be a high-end unfaired variant that borrows its appearance from the S 1000 R but adds the performance of the S 1000 RR, just as BMW built the M 1000 RR as a homologation superbike to allow its exotic components to be utilised in production racing. Although the bike has not yet been photographed, BMW has submitted type-approval paperwork for it in Europe, exposing the machine's basic characteristics.

The most important metric is power, which is 207 horsepower, the same as the upgraded 2023 S 1000 RR, which will also appear later this year.

Notably, it is 1.3 horsepower more than the Streetfighter V4 or Brutale 1000 can muster, overtaking them both to place the M 1000 R at the very top of the naked bike power table. With more than 40 more horsepower than the S 1000 R's peak numbers, the M 1000 R is obviously a more faster bike. Its highest speed is rated at 174 mph, just 14 mph slower than the considerably more aerodynamic, redesigned S 1000 RR superbike for 2023, which has a top speed of 158 mph.

The engine on the M 1000 R is identical to the engine in the 2023 S 1000 RR (as with the M 1000 R, we have yet to see the updated S 1000 RR, but we have seen its specifications). Maximum torque is 83.3 lb-ft and peak power both occur at 13,750 rpm and 11,000 rpm respectively. The M 1000 R will feel very different to ride than the S 1000 R, whose power peak is lower at 11,000 rpm and torque peak arrives at only 9,250 rpm.

The M 1000 R's suspension parts have altered, even if the type-approval paperwork don't specifically list them. Although its overall length is slightly shorter than the S 1000 R's, its wheelbase is over an inch larger. Additionally, the M 1000 R is around 1.5 inches wider and 2.5 inches taller than the S 1000 R, indicating improvements to the bodywork and riding position.

To stay up with the competition, winglets look like a plausible addition to the styling, and it's possible that there will be a small cowl over the headlamp to block the wind blast that can reach speeds of more than 170 mph around the rider.

The M 1000 R will have bigger wheels than the standard model, with a 200-section rear tyre in place of the 190/55-17 on the present model, just like the M 1000 RR. Although the specifications reveal that it isn't any lighter than the ordinary S 1000 R, weighing in at 439 pounds ready to ride, it may well be an indication that it receives the same carbon wheels used on the M 1000 RR.

It's difficult to estimate the M 1000 R's price without knowing if it includes high-end suspension and parts like carbon wheels, but you can be sure that it will cost significantly more than the regular S 1000 R, which will continue to be sold alongside it in 2023.

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