BMW HP4 Race Breaks Cover

BMW HP4 Race Breaks Cover

Late a year ago, BMW teased the EICMA crowd with a mockup of its new HP4 Race superbike, complete with an all carbon frame and wheels.

At the ongoing Auto Shanghai 2017, BMW Motorrad has showcased the production version of the 2017 BMW HP4 Race.

BMW is giving a select few the opportunity to experience a factory-racing bike in customer-spec form with the new HP4 Race bike, which will be limited to just 750 copies.

The HP4 Race has been built purely for the race track, and will come with a 215 hp World Superbike spec engine. This is lighter than the factory World Superbike S 1000 RR, and just a bit heavier than "MotoGP factory racers", BMW reports.

Rounding out the electronics suite is a pit lane speed limiter, launch control, wheelie control, spring travel and brake pressure sensors. All information is displayed via the 2D dashboard with transferable data memory (2D logger).

On the suspension side of things, Ohlins does the job, with an FGR300 Superbike World Cup fork coupled with an Ohlins SD052 steering damper in front, and an Ohlins TTX 36 GP absorber at the back. The highlight of race bred bike is the main frame made entirely of carbon-fibre and weighing just 7.8 kilograms.

The abundant use of carbon fiber puts the wet weight of the S 1000 RR-based HP4 Race at a svelte 171 kilograms (377 lb) with fuel on board (146 kg dry). About 30% lower when compared to light alloy forged wheels.

To be expected at this level of performance is Brembo braking, using a pair of GP4-R callipers with titanium pistons and 320 mm diameter rotors in front, activated by a Brembo RCS 19×18 master cylinder.

This ultra exclusive BMW superbike made its global debut today.

The racing-grade motorcycle is also equipped with an extensive package of electronic control and assistance systems.

BMW Motorrad has yet to release a price for the states, but BMW Motorrad UK reports a price of £68,000 and available in September 2017, so expect to pay around $87,000 here in the states.

Self-supporting carbon fibre rear frame with three-stage height adjustment function.

Close-ratio racing gearbox with adapted transmission ratios. Even the electrical system has been optimised for weight, with a tiny 5Ah lithium ion battery. Other features on offer - Dynamic Traction Control controlled by ignition cut, Engine Brake EBR and Wheelie Control can be programmed as per rider preference to maximise racing dynamics for different track layouts and road surface variations.

Dynamic Traction Control DTC (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).

Paint finish in BMW HP Motorsport colours.

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