BMW HP4 (2012 - 2014) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £150
Power: 193 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (439 lbs / 199 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £14,000 - £16,300

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

This was the first generation of BMW HP4. A new one was launched in 2017 and went off sale in 2018.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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).

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Specs

Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v, inline four-cylinder
Frame type Aluminium twin spar frame. Double-sided aluminium swingarm.
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 199kg
Front suspension Electronically-adjustable 43mm upside down forks
Rear suspension Electronically-adjustable single rear shock.
Front brake 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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £150
New price -
Used price £14,000 - £16,300
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 193 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 145 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2012 – September: press launch of HP4 in Jerez, Spain.
  • 2014 - HP4 goes off sale.
  • 2017 - Second generation HP4 revealed.
  • 2018 - Second-gen HP4 goes off sale.

Other versions

HP4 Carbon

Owners' reviews for the BMW HP4 (2012 - 2014)

5 owners have reviewed their BMW HP4 (2012 - 2014) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW HP4 (2012 - 2014)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £150
5 out of 5 HP4 Carbon 2013 review.
01 March 2020 by TOMRX1

Version: Carbon

Year: 2013

Only just got the bike, so will add to this review later if possible. First impressions - no fuel gauge, less torque than GSXR-1000 k6, until you hit the power band. Brake bite amazing, couple of fingers on the front brake and it will haul you to a stop. Electronics package although early tech for that sort of stuff, still incredible. On the road the traction control/abs and anti wheelie all work together even when pushing it. With a side benefit being plush suspension. It really is smooth, making doing distance on this thing easy. Wind protection is the best I have experienced. Being a taller rider 6ft 3. That is a really good thing. Peg position is also really good. If anyone has the standard RR and is considering rear sets, just do it if you are tall. You won’t regret it. Engine, it’s a cracker. Coming from a Suzuki GSXR-1000, it actually feels less torquey below about 3,750rpm then it let’s loose. Frees up and revs quickly, at around 8,000rpm it gets rapid. The sound is pretty addictive, even with the standard acropovic system, it’s still pretty loud and fun. The clutch is nice and light, so taking off above 4,000 rpm isn’t a problem. In summary. Amazing. A mate has ridden it, and said it rides like a 600, being able to flick it around, where it feels lighter than the GSXR, even though it’s the same weight within +>-2kg. It is so easy to ride. Cuts through the air better than any sports tourer I’ve ridden or other superbikes. A-B can be ridden very quickly, you can throw this thing about, the suspension soaking up the bumps and the electronics keeping the rubber in contact with the road means you can concentrate on really enjoying yourself. Heated grips as standard is also really nice.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Mind bending how this bike achieves such effortlessness, going over crap roads. Brakes haul you to a stop even from warp speed and over poor ground. Even if you try and downshift, get right on the front brake and the rear goes light, the BMW version of the slipper clutch, sorts out the traction mechanically and you maintain grip on the road.

Engine 4 out of 5

Only 4 out of 5, because I believe there is more to be had. Compared to a Suzuki GSXR-1000 k6. It is a peach and gathers speed well. I think it could have more low end grunt, as in just off idle. Mapping and removing the cat will probably do this.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Allot better quality finish than Suzuki with the same amount of miles. Key is moulded in plastic, not rubber which as it wears, allows key to move within rubber. The lightweight wheels can easily chip from stones. And the front mud guard can peel again from stones. Swing arm is lovely, a departure from the many painted black ones they chuck on superbikes. Screws and fixings In general look like they are made of stainless steel

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Had large service upon purchase.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Folding front levers, heated grips, adjustable rear pegs, lap timer, different rider modes, steering damper, electronic damping on suspension (comfy) anti wheelie control, quickshifter, back torque limiting clutch (slipper clutch) 200 section rear tyre. Doesn’t have fuel gauge on the pre s1000rr’s in general. So this is the same. Low fuel light only.

Buying experience: Motoline, lower Farringdon (near Alton). Great experience. Cannot recommend highly enough, great customer service. And Bahnstomer, the main BMW dealer right by them, very helpful and friendly. Have a look online at Motoline, they get lots of interesting bikes in.

5 out of 5 Best bike ever
07 January 2017 by Shaunie

Version: HP4 Carbon

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £150

Far and away the best bike I've ever owned or ridden. Outrageously fast, but also feels safe and secure.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Easy and reasonably comfortable to ride. Need to stop for a stretch after a tank of fuel. One finger for braking.

Engine 5 out of 5

The engine is fantastic. More power than you'll ever need.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Never had a single thing go wrong with it. Maybe I've just been lucky??

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Reasonable for service costs. Especially compared to an MV F4 that I had in the past.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The quality of all the parts is superb. As it's the Carbon Edition it has lots of lovely Carbon bits, beautiful levers and rearsets.

Buying experience: Bought from a main dealer. No issues.

5 out of 5 Hard to better 3 years on
10 February 2016 by Stuart Barriskell

Version: Carbon

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £150

Beautifully put together, fairing and associated carbon and plastics are solid. Stunning looking head turning machine, the Blue/white and carbon parts are perfect. Handling and brakes are as good as you'll get, two finger on the front brake lever are all you need. Photographs don't do it justice. Worst features..I don't like the longish can, swapped it for a much shorter 3 inch Delkevic open can...can't think of anything else so far.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

DDC makes it easy, hop on and the bike educates the suspension to your riding style, no need to set anything up. How long can it be ridden before you need a break? Running out of gas or a pee break.

Engine 5 out of 5

Not as smooth as RR 8 Blade onwards, mid range suffers slightly, hit the upper quartile and you better hang on, 9.5k and upwards it's mental.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

German engineering nothing to add really.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Everything you will ever need, no gimmicks, essential features designed to keep you safe and upright.

Buying experience: Purchased from Dealer, positive experience.

5 out of 5 Awesome HP4
22 August 2014 by Whizjet

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!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
2 out of 5 My experience with the s1000rr
02 July 2013 by Matthew1971

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...

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
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