New BMW S1000R is a proper stopper

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Spy pics show that BMW are testing a new version of their S1000R to take on the latest crop of high-tech super nakeds.

The current model has been around since 2017 and while it’s still a very good machine, it’s lacking in the tech department. This new bike appears to change all that but let's begin with the heart of the machine: the motor.

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The new S1000R is powered by the 999cc inline-four from the S1000RR but the big question is whether it will have the new ShiftCam technology. ShiftCam can unlock extra power at the top end, without compromising the midrange, all while staying on the right side of emissions laws.

It’s been an instant hit in the S1000RR but it was left out of the new S1000XR because it’s expensive to implement and that bike isn’t chasing top end power. There’s no way of telling from the outside if it’s fitted or not but we’re actually hoping it’s not – the S1000R doesn’t need loads more power and we’d rather have the extra money in our pockets.

BMW S1000R spyshot

Without the fancy cam, we’d be hoping for around 175bhp. The new engine also means it’s gained the new frame from the S1000RR, likely with the new suspension set up.

Where it will really benefit from new tech though is in the electronics. The addition of a whole host of clever new tech like we’ve seen on the S1000RR, which should not only help you go quicker on track but also stay safer on the road. That said the S1000RR has a single button that turns all the rider aids off if you want to go wild – hopefully this does too.

Also helping to tame the beast is what appears to be a set of wings, suggesting even BMW are getting in on the act. BMW aren’t known for adding things just for show, so chances are if they are wings then they’ll help to keep the front tyre on the floor at speed.

BMW S1000R spyshot rear

The old dash too has gone in favour of a full colour TFT, likely taken from the S1000XR. That means lots of creature comforts such as Bluetooth connectivity as well as heated grips, cruise control and sat nav in the dash. Matching the rest of the BMW range, the front calipers are now Hayes instead of Brembo, while the suspension appears to be semi-active Marzocchi units.

There’s been no official word from BMW about the new bike but we’d expect it to be unveiled later this year, with bikes in dealers by late Spring 2021. As superbikes go the S1000RR is well-priced, so without ShiftCam we’d expect the S1000R to start from £13,000. Best get saving.

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.