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Finally! BMW releases carbon-framed HP4 RACE | NEWS

BMW unveils an exotic S1000RR-based racebike for the people

BMW has today unveiled its highly anticipated HP4 RACE machine which was first teased during last year’s EICMA Show in Milan.

Based around the firm’s S1000RR superbike, the HP4 RACE employs a carbon fibre chassis weighing just 7.8kg, as well as a three-level height-adjustable carbon fibre sub-frame, which results in a ready-to-ride machine weighing just over 171kg.

The 999cc inline-four cylinder engine gets a 12kW hike in peak power to 158kW (215hp) at 13,900rpm with peak torque of 120Nm chiming in almost 4000rpm earlier at 10,000rpm. Speaking of revs, the HP4 RACE has increased redline of 300rpm to 14,5000rpm.

Electronics wise, it boasts a 2D dashboard with a inbuilt data logger, traction control, adjustable engine braking, both wheelie and launch control as well as a pit-lane speed limiter.

The HP4 RACE boasts top-shelf componentry, including an Öhlins FGR 300 fork and a TTX 36 GP rear shock which, according to the firm, is “identical to those used by MotoGP and World Superbike riders.” Similarly, braking is by way of Brembo’s top-spec GP4 PR Monobloc calipers.

All rolling on carbon-fibre wheels, which represents a 30 percent reduction in weight compared to their alloy counterparts, the german firm says the HP4 RACE tips the scales at a lighter weight than the factory racing bikes currently used in the World Superbike Championship and “only slightly above the MotoGP factory racers”.

Only 750 examples of the machine will be produced worldwide and while there’s no mention at this stage of price, something tells us if you have to ask….