BMW Motorrad Australia will launch its new S 1000 XR adventure tourer, as well as the mechanically related M 1000 XR, in the first quarter of 2024.
The new BMW S 1000 XR, which takes on a number of performance and equipment upgrades over the outgoing range, will be available from $26,390 rideaway in base trim.
A middling Sport variant which adds touring options and electronic rider aid upgrades is priced from $29,690, while the top-spec M Sport will hit showrooms from $35,290 gaining sporty components like lightweight wheels, an upgraded exhaust, lightweight levers and a GPS lap timer, among other upgrades.
Meanwhile, the new M 1000 XR – the third full-fat ‘M’ model following the M 1000 RR sportsbike and M 1000 R hyper naked bike – will hit showrooms from $36,690 in standard trim, while the top spec Competition variant will launch from $44,290.
For 2024, the new BMW S 1000 XR takes on upgrades to its 999cc four-cylinder engine, with outputs increased by 4kW to 125kW. Torque output holds steady at 114Nm.
A number of ergonomic changes have also been made, including a 10mm increase in seat height (850mm) and a new seat, which BMW says gives greater freedom of movement on the motorcycle specifically under high-performance riding conditions.
Distinguishing the M 1000 XR is a significantly more powerful four-cylinder engine, generating 148kW and 113Nm, translating to a 23kW boost compared to its S 1000 XR stablemate.
Acceleration is also aided by a shorter secondary gear ration (+2 teeth), as well as shorter 4th, 5th and 6th gear ratios.
To compensate for the added grunt, the M 1000 XR adopts unique aerodynamic winglets which are said to increase front wheel load by up to 12 kilograms (downforce).
While the chassis is based on the S 1000 XR, the M 1000 XR gains significant upgrades to the suspension package as well as larger and sportier ‘M’ brakes.
For track riding, the M 1000 XR also gains BMW’s brake slide assist to allow the rider to ‘brake drift’ into corners, and a GPS system is fitted to the 6.5-inch TFT dash for important data readouts and lap timing features.
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