With the new M 1000 XR Prototype, BMW Motorrad has introduced their third M model, building on the design and performance of the M 1000 R and M 1000 RR. BMW Motorrad says, the forthcoming M 1000 XR “opens up dynamic riding opportunities as a crossover bike in the sports motorcycle segment previously reserved for purebred superbikes.”

A crossover that’s a superbike? Yeah—just take a look at the two-wheeler’s performance. It uses the four-cylinder engine from the BMW S 1000 RR supersports motorcycle. This engine is packed with technology, including BMW ShiftCam technology for varying the timing and valve lift. The 492-pound model—and that’s the “wet” weight—puts out over 200 horsepower. Additionally, BMW says “chassis technology, aerodynamics and control electronics designed equally for high-performance road use, long-distance touring and fast track lapping.” So, yes—it’s on par with a superbike.

With that kind of power, BMW worked on the aero and suspension to keep both wheels planted (as much as possible). BMW explains, “The new M 1000 XR received winglets with the aim of ensuring superior riding stability at higher speeds despite increased engine power. They serve in helping achieve the best possible contact between the tires and the road surface—especially during acceleration.” Braking was also addressed, with the M brakes carrying over from the M 1000 R and M 1000 RR models.

Do you want more information on BMW Motorrad’s new upright rider? Further information on the new BMW M 1000 XR will be available in the second half of 2023.—Mike Bevels

[Photos by BMW Motorrad.]




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