M-barrassment of riches: BMW whip covers off M1000XR hyper tourer

BMW have released the full spec and details of their M1000XR hyper tourer and it’s every bit as bonkers as we expected. The new bike will get a headline-grabbing 198bhp (201hp) version of the Shiftcam engine normally fitted in an S1000RR superbike

BMW say peak torque of 83.3lb.ft will arrive at 11,000rpm before the engine spins on to a heady 14,600rpm redline. And just to make sure all this power and torque translates into thrust, the bike gets a 47-tooth rear sprocket (a trick also employed on the M1000R naked). 

All this means the M1000XR has a claimed 0-62mph time of just over 3 seconds and a top speed of over 170mph! 

2024 BMW M1000XR on paddock stand

While the engine may be the M1000XR’s main party piece, there are plenty of other tweaks and upgrades over the standard S1000XR including downforce-inducing aero, electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control suspension (now with spring rate adjustment) and powerful M brake calipers biting 320mm twin discs (265mm single rear). 

Those aero wings are far more subtle than they are on the other M models in the line-up as they are tucked away in the side panels but BMW claim they produce 12kg of downforce at 136mph. 

Being a tall adventure-style motorbike, the M-XR isn’t exactly a featherweight and BMW claim 223kg in standard trim, although if you add the M competition pack (as seen on the M1000R) this slims it down with carbon wheels among other upgrades that save a total of 3kg. 

As you’d expect, the M1000XR comes with every electronic gizmo in BMW’s arsenal. You get riding modes that change the suspension and engine settings, shift assist pro, hill hold function, ABS pro and an adjustable steering damper. You even get a pit lane limiter, launch control and braking slide control. 

All of this tech and power comes at a price, but not as much as you might imagine as the BMW M1000XR starts from £22,580. That’s £5790 more than the new base model S1000XR, but it’s a massive £9415 cheaper than the freshly unveiled Ducati Multistrada V4 RS, which will be the M’s most obvious competitor.