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First UK BMW S1000RR dyno test: 183bhp at the wheel

Published: 09 December 2009

Updated: 19 November 2014

The first test bike BMW S1000RRs have arrived at MCN and sister magazine Bike – and Bike’s dyno test has revealed it makes a real 183bhp!

MCN uncovered a secret dyno test result sheet of a pre-production S1000RR in April which made 182bhp at the tyre, and 200bhp at the crank.

At the time there was internal concern at BMW over releasing a 200bhp claimed figure – top brass were concerned over sparking political controversy by releasing a 200bhp road bike.

The new figure proves that BMW has understated the true power of the engine.

The 183bhp, EEC-corrected figure is a full 13bhp more than a Kawasaki ZX-10R MCN has tested on the same dynamometer – and Kawasaki press bikes are notorious for making more power than customer bikes.

The current class-leading Yamaha YZF-R1 makes 155bhp – 28bhp less!

MCN’s test motorcycle is on it’s way to the south of France along with the Suzuki GSX-R1000, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Kawasaki ZX-10R and Yamaha YZF-R1 for the first group test on the road – see  MCN’s next issue, on sale December 16 2009, for more details.

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