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Old 09-05-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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2009 BMW S1000RR spied testing at Magny Cours, details emerge

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These pictures of the 2009 BMW S1000RR were snapped at Magny Cours as the company tested its new superbike against the direct competition; namely the Yamaha R1, 2008 Honda CBR1000RR and Ducati 1098R. This most conventional of BMWs it has telescopic forks, chain drive and a 1,000cc inline-four is aiming to beat the Japanese at their own game, and with 190bhp powering 190kg (wet) it looks like itll be able to do just that. With these latest photos, details of the S1000RRs Formula One-inspired drive train are beginning to emerge.

2009 BMW S1000RR engine

In comparison, the 2008 CBR1000RR makes 178bhp and weighs 199kg (wet).

2009 BMW S1000RR engine detail

Drawing on its car racing expertise, BMW is equipping the 1,000cc, 16-valve engine with its latest Double-Vanos variable valve timing. The latest iteration of this system allows continuously variable adjustment of both the inlet and exhaust valve timing, which boosts torque across the range and reduces emissions. Unlike the VTEC system employed on the current Honda VFR800, the BMW design has no tangible kick in its power delivery.

2009 BMW S1000RR front detail

Suspension on the S1000RR is by hlins, utilizing its latest SBK-spec FGR 800 fork with Twin Tube Technology and a pressurized cartridge damping system. The latter can be seen in the external, rear-mounted cylinder, which contains a damping piston that reduces the risk of cavitation. The rear hlins shock is the same item used by the factory Yamaha SBK team.

Brembo provides the brakes, with the latest radial monoblock calipers. These are being used on many 2009 model year bikes, including the 2009 KTM 990 Supermoto R.

Fuel injection for the S1000RR is provided by Dellorto, which also supplies systems for the BMW M3 and M5 supercars. Both of those vehicles use drive-by-wire technology, strongly indicating that a similar system could be used for BMWs new superbike.

Hidden by the latest swirly camo from the BMW car division, you can also see new gill-like vents on the right fairing.

2009 BMW S1000RR rear 34

BMW Motorrad CEO Hendrik von Kuenheim has stated that only 1,000 S1000RRs will be built in 2009, meaning that at least the first years production of this new machine is going to be extremely hard to come by. With such advanced technology, wed expect a similarly high price. The S1000RR will also be entered in SBK competition for 2009; the company fully expects to be competitive from day one. According the von Kuenheim, this will be the first of several new S supersport models from BMW, all of which will do away with BMWs traditional idiosyncrasies in order to be directly competitive with the Japanese. We expect big things.

Wes Siler. September 2, 2008
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If it lives up to what the hype is I'll get one.
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:23 PM   #3
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$45 K at least..... what do you think? I would love to have one, but I bet it will be very expensive.
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Homologation for WSBK means they have to sell a minimum of 50 of them worldwide. I wonder where they will be available. Surely they will be legitimately offered, unlike the Petronas, which was cool, but merely a phantom unless you lived in Maylasia -- and even then I don't know that you could actually get one.
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hopefully they use something similar to s65 setup, s85 likes to leak oil and cause plenty of drivabilty issues
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2009 BMW S1000RR side

These pictures of the 2009 BMW S1000RR were snapped at Magny Cours as the company tested its new superbike against the direct competition; namely the Yamaha R1, 2008 Honda CBR1000RR and Ducati 1098R. This most conventional of BMWs it has telescopic forks, chain drive and a 1,000cc inline-four is aiming to beat the Japanese at their own game, and with 190bhp powering 190kg (wet) it looks like itll be able to do just that. With these latest photos, details of the S1000RRs Formula One-inspired drive train are beginning to emerge.

2009 BMW S1000RR engine

In comparison, the 2008 CBR1000RR makes 178bhp and weighs 199kg (wet).

2009 BMW S1000RR engine detail

Drawing on its car racing expertise, BMW is equipping the 1,000cc, 16-valve engine with its latest Double-Vanos variable valve timing. The latest iteration of this system allows continuously variable adjustment of both the inlet and exhaust valve timing, which boosts torque across the range and reduces emissions. Unlike the VTEC system employed on the current Honda VFR800, the BMW design has no tangible kick in its power delivery.

2009 BMW S1000RR front detail

Suspension on the S1000RR is by hlins, utilizing its latest SBK-spec FGR 800 fork with Twin Tube Technology and a pressurized cartridge damping system. The latter can be seen in the external, rear-mounted cylinder, which contains a damping piston that reduces the risk of cavitation. The rear hlins shock is the same item used by the factory Yamaha SBK team.

Brembo provides the brakes, with the latest radial monoblock calipers. These are being used on many 2009 model year bikes, including the 2009 KTM 990 Supermoto R.

Fuel injection for the S1000RR is provided by Dellorto, which also supplies systems for the BMW M3 and M5 supercars. Both of those vehicles use drive-by-wire technology, strongly indicating that a similar system could be used for BMWs new superbike.

Hidden by the latest swirly camo from the BMW car division, you can also see new gill-like vents on the right fairing.

2009 BMW S1000RR rear 34

BMW Motorrad CEO Hendrik von Kuenheim has stated that only 1,000 S1000RRs will be built in 2009, meaning that at least the first years production of this new machine is going to be extremely hard to come by. With such advanced technology, wed expect a similarly high price. The S1000RR will also be entered in SBK competition for 2009; the company fully expects to be competitive from day one. According the von Kuenheim, this will be the first of several new S supersport models from BMW, all of which will do away with BMWs traditional idiosyncrasies in order to be directly competitive with the Japanese. We expect big things.

Wes Siler. September 2, 2008
I really hope they are better at getting car derived technology to work on their race bike than either Aprilia (the Cube) or Honda (the pneumatic valve engine).
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