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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

As if the standard S1000RR wasn’t good enough already, BMW have made it even faster, lighter and more technologically-advanced, with this HP4 version. The jewel in the HP4’s crown is the new electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension system, which adjusts the rebound and compression damping as you ride along. It gives the BMW the perfect suspension setting whether you’re on a bumpy back-road or hammering around a smooth racetrack.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The 193bhp S1000RR is already the most powerful superbike you can buy - the HP4 has the same peak power, but more midrange torque and full power (instead of 163bhp) in its ‘Rain’ riding mode. The throttle response is even smoother than the revised 2012 S1000RR’s and in its ‘Slick’ riding mode, you can now adjust the traction control via a button on the left bar (in 15 increments).

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Compared to a fully-spec’d S1000RR the HP4 weighs 9kg less, tipping the scales at 199kg. This saving comes from the use of lighter wheels, battery and various ancillaries - as a result the HP4 steers crisper and with less effort. New Monoblic Brembos have more bite and the ABS settings are racier – developed in the German IDM superbike championship. The big improvement to handling comes from the electronic suspension. The suspension is more or less pliable depending on which of the four riding modes you choose, then it adjusts itself depending on the HP4’s road speed, throttle position, lean angle, ABS and TC intervention and rear shock movement. The system is impressive, giving you perfect ride quality, support and control no matter what the conditions.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

As well as the electronic suspension, there’s the new 15-stage traction control system, four riding modes, Brembo Monobloc front calipers, lightweight wheels, racing ABS, quickshifter, 200-section rear Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SP, mini LEDs, tinted screen and an enclosed bellypan all included in the price. There’s also a ‘Carbon’ HP4 model, with carbon fibre body panels.

BMW S1000RR HP4 (2012-2014)

Detail Value
New price £16,950
Dealer used prices
£16,040 (2014) - £18,780 (2013)
Private used prices
£14,440 (2014) - £16,900 (2013)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 193 bhp
Top speed 186 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 3
Value rating is 5 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3

The HP4 is beautifully-built and the polished aluminium swingarm is a work of art. Reliability is as good as any Japanese superbike.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

When it comes to power, equipment, electronics, handling and speed, no other superbike comes remotely close to the HP4. When you consider the HP4 is cheaper than the Tricolore version of the Ducati Panigale, it looks to be very good value indeed.


Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2012 – September: press launch of HP4 in Jerez, Spain.

Other Versions

HP4 Carbon


Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 193 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Weight 199 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification 16v, inline four-cylinder
Frame Aluminium twin spar frame. Double-sided aluminium swingarm.
Front suspension adjustment Electronically-adjustable 43mm upside down forks
Rear suspension adjustment Electronically-adjustable single rear shock.
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc radial calipers. Racing ABS
Rear brake 220mm single disc with twin-piston caliper. Racing ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 200/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(2 reviews)

  • Awesome HP4


    Average rating rating is 5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    Maybe I'm just lucky. Had a 2010 S1000RR and never had a thing go wrong with it. Just upgraded to the HP4, and impossibly, it's better in nearly every respect. The handling is even sharper, the mid range even harder, the suspension - well, I thought it would be sales hype, but what a difference. Open it up, and it literally tkes my breath away (and that's just in Sport /Race. . . haven't graduated to 'Slick' yet). Best bike I have ever owned, by some distance - and heated grips too!

    22 August 2014

  • My experience with the s1000rr


    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    Whilst the s1000rr has fantastic amounts of power, is easy any light to flick around any twisty road or track the build quality is just shocking. A recent survey on one s1000rr forum showed that only 2 out of every 30 owners haven't had part or engine issues... Ive had to have the sump replaced along with chain and petrol cap and my bike is only six months old and never been ridden in the rain.... Such a shame especially after paying so much...

    02 July 2013


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