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BMW M 1000 XR | Prototype of the upcoming third M Bike

With the introduction of the M 1000 XR prototype by BMW Motorrad, worlds are merging once more.

The prototype, intended as a sneak peek at the brand's third M model, is described as a "long distance sports bike with high long-range capability and supersports riding dynamics." This is significant since the bike was built to perform well on both the track and rural roads.

The prototype has a low windscreen and sweptback headlights with built-in daytime running lights. However, BMW declined to disclose much more about it. M winglets connect them and offer better stability, more downforce, and a "lower wheelie tendency."

Additionally, we can see M badging, a large rear tyre, and a "front-wheel-oriented seating position" that "ensures better bike control, especially in supersport mode." Carbon fibre elements and XR decals are also visible upon closer look.

A four-cylinder engine from the S 1000 RR with ShiftCam technology powers the vehicle. BMW did not provide many details but did state that the engine has more than 197 horsepower (147 kW/200 PS) and has been "adapted" for use in the M 1000 XR. The manufacturer added that the bike's peak speed is roughly 174 mph (280 km/h).

The S 1000 RR boasts a 1-litre engine that generates 207 horsepower (154 kW / 210 PS) and 83 lb-ft (113 Nm) of torque. However, BMW is withholding the exact statistics. The firm said that an M Competition Package would be available for the M 1000 XR, which offers "further weight reduction and even increased riding dynamics."

The bike weighs 492 pounds (223 kg) when it is fully fuelled. That's not much, and BMW Motorrad also stated that the model boasts M brakes and chassis technology "designed equally for high-performance road use, long-distance riding, and fast laps on the racecourse."

There are still many unsolved questions, but in the second part of this year, we'll have more information.

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