2010: BMW broke free of their pipe and slippers touring bike mould and produced the fastest, most powerful, technology packed superbike the world had ever seen. 190bhp, razor-sharp handling, race grade Brembos, traction and wheelie control, rider modes and ABS. It took years for anyone to catch up.
2012: Lots of detail changes came in the shape of more refined electronics, a lighter throttle, revised steering geometry, a new rear shock, steering damper, extra midrange grunt and more power in Rain mode.
2013: A special HP4 version was produced alongside the S1000RR for just two years and was the first sportsbike to feature semi-active suspension (Sachs – similar to Ducati’s Skyhook set up). Weighing 9kg less than the S1000RR, it came with Brembo monoblocs, forged ali wheels, more sophisticated electronics, more midrange, full power in Rain mode and a 200-section rear Pirelli Super Corsa SP. HP4 Carbon version featured carbon fibre bodywork panels.
2015: First major update since the 2010 model, the S1000RR gets a host of engine mods to give more power and torque. It also had a lighter frame, updated chassis geometry, suspension and electronics. Came with HP4 style electronic suspension and lightweight wheels as options.
2017: Limited edition, uber expensive, track-only HP4 Race launched. 171kg and 215bhp with race engine and a frame, bodywork, sefl-supporting adjustable seat unit and wheels all from carbon fibre. Suter ali swingarm, 2D race dash, next generation electronic rider aids, WSB-spec Ohlins and Brembos.
2019: The first all-new S1000RR since its inception. Lighter, more powerful engine with Shift Cam variable inlet timing. Lighter chassis with engine as a stressed member, new geometry, suspension, wheels and electronics.
All 2019 S1000RRs share the same engine, chassis and basic electronics, starting with the £15 standard model. The Sport has extra riding modes, rider aids, electronic suspension, heated grips, cruise control and the M Package test bike has carbon fibre wheels, slide control, a race seat, lithium battery, adjustable ride height and swing arm pivot, among a host of other goodies.