The “M” badge stands for performance in the BMW world, and the Bavarian manufacturer has also applied the coveted badge to its flagship motorcycles in recent years. After launching the BMW M 1000 RR and M 1000 R, BMW Motorrad is now teasing the M 1000 XR as the third motorcycle in the bike maker’s stable to get the M treatment. The prototype was spotted last week on the Isle of Man by Peter Hickman.
The BMW M 1000 XR is essentially a more performance-oriented version of the BMW S 1000 XR sports tourer, and promises some stellar power figures that will make some upgraded superbikes look tame. The M-spec S 1000 XR features ShiftCam technology on its 999 cc four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. Power output exceeds 197 bhp and curb weight is just 223 kg. Top speed is said to be 280 km/h, an appropriate superbike figure.
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BMW Motorrad will also offer the M Competition package at the launch of the M 1000 XR, which will further reduce weight and improve riding dynamics. Additionally, the Performance Adventure Sport features M winglets to keep the front on the ground, providing strong downforce and better high-speed stability. It also means fewer adjustments for the traction control system. BMW also says that the front-wheel-facing seating posture ensures better bike control, especially in Supersport mode.
Other upgrades include new M brakes with a radial handbrake pump and blue anodized brake calipers with M badges. The motorcycle also features lightweight forged aluminum wheels, Dynamic Damper Control (DDC), Race Pro riding mode and a host of electronic aids.
The BMW M 1000 XR will first arrive in developed markets later this year before launching in other markets. There is no word on any unit allocation in India yet, but there may be some models coming here based on demand.
First published date: June 7, 2023 at 21:31 PM CST