BMW has revealed a special edition version of its M 1000 RR sportsbike flagship that is distinguished by a unique livery celebrating the 50th anniversary of the brand’s high-performance M division.
Pricing and availability details for the Australian market have yet to be confirmed, however, if the M 1000 RR ’50 Years M’ edition is to arrive in local showrooms it will surely be in very limited numbers.
The M 1000 RR was the first BMW motorcycle to receive the coveted M badge when it was revealed in 2020. BMW’s motorcycle arm had been playing with M Performance parts and packages over the years, although this was the first proper ‘M’ model.
When the BMW M 1000 RR first launched, just 25 units were allocated for Australia, each costing $50,990 plus on-road costs or $57,990 with the M Competition Package. For reference, the base S 1000 RR is priced from $25,670 rideaway.
As well as the unique Sao Paulo Yellow finish and BMW M graphics, the new M 1000 RR 50 Years M edition gets the M Competition Package as standard, adding carbon-fibre touches, a lighter swingarm, a GPS lap timer and pillion seat cover, among other features.
The M 1000 RR, or M RR as its often referred to by the factory, boasts significant improvements compared to the standard S 1000 RR as its primary purpose is for WSBK homologation.
BMW extracts more performance out of its 999cc inline four-cylinder engine, with the M RR delivering 156kW and 113Nm, up 4kW/13Nm compared to the S 1000 RR.
On the track, the M RR will sprint from zero to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 306km/h (315km/h with race track gear ratio).
The bike screams through a unique titanium Akrapovic exhaust from standard, but perhaps the M RR’s most notable exterior feature is its aerodynamic winglets.
These clear-coated carbon wings add additional load to the front wheel, which can in turn translate to stronger wheelie control and increased traction and drive.
BMW Motorrad says the M RR delivers better feel with a new chassis geometry trimmed for the racetrack. With a longer wheelbase, the bike is said to be more comfortable, while the adjustable pivot point has been rescaled and enlarged.
Meanwhile, a new rear axle and adapted brake system allows for fast wheel changes.
Speaking of brakes, the M 1000 RR is the first of its kind to get M brakes, which are distinguished by their blue anodised tint. These brakes match M carbon wheels, among other M components and branding.
While the bike’s TFT display carries over, it does benefit from a unique ‘M’ startup sequence to remind its owner that they ride the range-topper.
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