BMW Motorrad India has announced the launch of the all-new BMW S 1000 R in India earlier today. Prices for the roadster start at Rs 17.90 lakh for the S 1000 R Standard, the S 1000 R Pro comes in at Rs 19.75 lakh, whereas the S 1000 R Pro M Sport is priced at Rs 22.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India, respectively). The bike will be available only as a CBU unit, and potential customers can book the motorcycle at all BMW Motorrad India dealerships from today onwards.

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Powering the second generation of the S 1000 R newly developed engine based on the S 1000 RR superbike. The 999cc water-cooled 4-cylinder in-line engine makes a peak power of 162bhp @ 11000 rpm, and maximum torque of 114Nm @ 9250 rpm mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The S 1000 R sprints from 0-100 Km in 3.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 250km/h, which is electronically limited.

It is also worth mentioning that the 2021 S 1000 R looks a lot different from its predecessor. The twin headlights have now been replaced by a singular LED headlamp, which resembles the one on the F900R. Furthermore, the fuel tank side panels, the tank centre cover, the side panels are in the shape of a stylised ‘R’, and the engine spoiler has also been redesigned. The new design is accompanied by ergonomic refinements such as a reversible handlebar clamp for increased reach and better riding position and options for seat height adjustment.

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Further developments on the suspension setup of the 2021 S 1000 R are made to enhance the motorcycle’s riding dynamics and reduce significant weight. It also features what BMW calls a ‘Flex Frame’, which is the optimum interplay between the frame design and the engine as a load-bearing element. It improves the aerodynamics of the motorcycle and helps keep the weight low. The suspension geometry is too tweaked to enhance feedback from the front and rear wheel and increase the rear wheel’s agility, ride precision, and mechanical grip.

The S 1000 R offers riders four different modes to choose from – ‘Rain’, ‘Road’, ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Dynamic Pro’ as standard. It enables the rider to control the most diverse functions such as engine (throttle), Engine Brake, Traction Control, Wheelie-Control, ABS and ABS Pro to suit the rider’s own skill level and riding style. The fully configurable ‘Dynamic Pro’ mode offers additional features such as the ‘Engine Brake’ function in conjunction with the engine drag torque control (MSR) and the ‘Power Wheelie’ function. As part of the “Riding Modes Pro” option, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) additionally supports the rider during emergency braking manoeuvres.

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In terms of the competition it faces, the BMW S 1000 R faces some intense competition from the recently announced Ducati Streetfighter V4. Now on paper, the Streetfighter V4 surpasses Bimmer in every aspect, but that can only be confirmed once we get our hands on both the machines and give it a proper review. Stay tuned for more information!

To read about the launch of the Ducati Streetfighter V4, click here. 
To read our review on the BMW F900R, click here.