having brute grunt like the S 1000 RR may not be everyone’s cup of English Breakfast, especially when it use as a daily runner, and this is the very reason why there’s the BMW S 1000 R Superbike, a “pared down” version of the RR (hence the lone ‘R’), but no less potent. actually, it is a little less on the brute force, but still pretty impressive by any two-wheel standards. the Motorrad folks took the 999cc four-pod unit of the RR, tinkle with the cylinder head ducts design, modified the cam profiles and engine management system and more, and the result is a roadster with a maximum power of 160 hp (118 kW, or about 33 hp shy of the RR) at just 11,000 rpm and peak torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. all those power and torque are used to push along a kerb weight of just 207 kg (456 lbs).
even with the pared down look, the S 1000 R is no less aggressive looking and bears close resemblance to the more powerful RR. some of the highlights include aluminum fuel tank, multifunctional instrument cluster, Race ABS, ASC (automatic stability control), DDC (dynamic damping control), E-Gas “throttle-by-wire” system, and a choice of two riding modes as standard, namely “Rain” and “Road”. and being a BMW, you can be assure that this superbike will not be lacking of options, equipment and accessories to satisfy even the most demanding rider. no word on the pricing and availability, but our logical take is, it shouldn’t be more than the S 1000 RR, which current goes for $15,150. scroll down for a few more hi-res look at the new BMW S 1000 R Superbike.