The most hardcore sports BMW ever built has finally been revealed at the Paris Motorcycle show.
The HP2 Sport is losely based on the R1200S sports tourer, but almost every part of the bike has been changed or modified in the name of speed and handling.
- See video of MCN testing the Prototype bike at Magny Cours
The result is mouth-watering - BMW claim 128bhp at 8750rpm, and an all-up wet weight of only 199kg. The dry weight (no fluids at all) is claimed to be 178kg – just 1kg more than the claimed dry weight for the 2007 Yamaha R1.
The bike has been developed publicly this year in the hands of BMW’s factory endurance team, who campaigned the prototype in the world endurance championship, notching up respectable finishes despite a 40bhp deficit over tuned 1000cc inline fours and riders restricted by cylinder heads grinding on almost every corner!
The road bike is almost identical in specification to the race bike, and features Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, a quickshifter as standard, self-supporting carbon seat unit and full carbon-fibre bodywork, race-spec dashboard and even a special version of BMW’s ABS designed to prevent the rear wheel lifting.
See the October 3 edition of MCN for an in-depth look at the most exciting new BMW in the last decade.