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Just two years after the launch of its first superbike in 2009, BMW Motorrad is now presenting the next generation of the highly successful S 1000 RR. Incorporating feedback from its racing experience, the 2012 BMW S 1000 RR delivers an even greater riding precision and agility, a punchier power buildup, and a more sensitive response than its predecessor.
Like the previous model, the new RR knows no compromise, providing the highest level of sporting character and riding dynamics. The premier features of the new S 1000 RR are its improved handling with absolute riding stability, supreme engine performance with perfect everyday practicality, and a resounding dynamic performance. The highest level of active safety is achieved through the combination of the most advanced brake system on the market – BMW Motorrad Race ABS – and Dynamic Traction Control – both of which have been optimized for superior interaction.
There have been no changes to the powerful 193 hp engine with a weight of only 455 lbs. (with standard Race ABS) including 90% fuel.
New features of the 2012 S 1000 RR at a glance:
Optimized torque curve for improved ridability.
Expansion from two to three performance curves (one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode now 163 hp.
Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race, and Slick modes).
Reduced twisting force and tighter twistgrip angle.
Smaller secondary ratio for boosted thrust.
Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
Enlarged cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency.
Better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback.
Revised spring elements for an even wider range of damping forces.
Suspension geometry modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length.
New mechanical steering damper adjustable to over ten levels.
Forged and milled fork bridge in a new design and with a smaller offset.
Revised design with a leaner tail section, redesigned side panels, center airbox cover with side aperture grills, and winglets.
Four new color variants: plain Racing Red with Alpine white, Blue Fire, Sapphire Black Metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport colors.
Revised RR logo.
New heel plates and leaner stabilizers on the passenger footrests.
Redesigned LCD engine speed display for better readability and with five dimming levels.
Instrument cluster with the new functions "Best lap in progress" and "Speedwarning"; deactivation of "Lamp" fault message when headlamp or number plate carrier removed.
Catalytic converters relocated, eliminating need for heat shield.