The most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time was launched at the Shanghai Auto Expo 2017.

You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call it ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. At this year’s EICMA, BMW Motorrad revealed to the world an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date: the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. The Germans have now showcased the production version of the same at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Expo 2017. They have released information, fresh new pictures and an official video of the hyperbike for us to drool at.

It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW, which will itself be a notch higher than the brand’s superstar, the S 1000RR-HP4; with full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes carbon fibre components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars.

When the full black carbon fibre model was pronounced at the EICMA, the only definitive information provided to us was that the HP4 would feature the world’s first full carbon fibre main frame monocoque construction and carbon fibre rims.The tail section, passenger footpeg brackets and the fuel tank of the RACE are also constructed entirely from Carbon fibre. And now, we are in all new light about this Halo spec machine that will stare down the Aprilia RSV4 R FW-GP or the Ducati 1299 Superleggera in a bitter battle for the Top Gun.

This handpicked factory racing motorcycle is finished to the last detail with the folks at BMW not making any compromise on the equipment list. All the surface is finished with a carbon fibre look underneath a brushed and clear varnish coating. As a matter of fact, its configuration is spec-to-spec similar to the German’s MotoGP bike that they have run the championships for them. And surprisingly at just 171 kilos, the HP4 is lighter than the WSBK bike. This makes BMW the second manufacturer after Aprilia to make all the technology developed in MotoGP available to anybody with a deep pocket loaded with high denomination bills.

The powertrain on this machine is an engineering feat and is handcrafted by the same chaps who work on the WSBK motorcycle. The water/oil-cooled, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line engine can develop a staggering 215 bhp at 13900 rpm and a max torque of 120 Nm at 10000 rpm. This RACE screams at the top of her voice at 14500 rpm. Now, to tickle your mind, think about this - the mad supercharged Ninja H2 carbon will give you 207 bhp. Go figure.

They have tweaked the camshafts and valves for larger strokes of the intake and exhaust valves creating the basic requirement for increased power. The intake funnels fitted can be electronically varied in length over two levels and achieving the best possible running smoothness and stability is made possible by the weight selected pistons and precisely manufactured lightweight crankshaft and connecting rod.

The 6-speed close-ratio HP racing gearbox with optimised transmission
ratios pull all that power into the rear wheels through a Multi-plate anti-hopping wet clutch, and the remains go to the 4-in-2-in-1 exhaust system made of light titanium. The special feature on this gearbox is that it now gets reversed shift pattern and HP Shift Assistant Pro for perfect up and downshifting without using the clutch, thanks to a double-declutching function.

The world’s first carbon fibre monocoque mainframe weights at only 7.8 kilos, 4 less than the aluminium counterparts. They have better stability and stiffness and in turn providing the ideal basis for a perfect ride response in the new HP4 RACE. The carbon fibre rear frame along with the aluminium footpegs can be adjusted to suit the rider’s needs. The wheels on this bike are also made of the exquisite component and weigh 30 percent lighter than any alloy wheels, once again fundamental requirements
for fast lap times on the racetrack.

Suspension units on the HP4 are undertaken by the top of the line titanium Öhlins FGR 300 upside down fork offers a full adjustment range, and this is where you will find a carbon-fibre badge on the upper fork bridge showing the production serial number from 1 to 750. At the rear, Öhlins TTX 36 GP spring strut on the light alloy swingarm makes the scene and both have a selective adaptation of the suspension geometry according to racetrack layout and riding style. The new HP4 comes equipped with the 320 mm Brembo GP4 PR monoblock fixed callipers with titanium brake pistons and friction reducing coating at the front and a 220 mm floating discs at the rear.

There are, of course, an extensive package of electronic control and assistance system to keep the rider safe and confident. They are indispensable given the output levels of 215 hp. All of them can be operated by robust colour switches on either side of the handlebar. The new HP4 gets 4 riding modes (Wet, Intermediate, Dry1, Dry2), 7 mode Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Engine Brake (EBR), 5 level Wheelie Control, Pit Lane Limiter, engine brake torque (drag torque), Launch Control. All of this can be viewed and operated through a multifunctional 2D dashboard.The 2D data recording system offers the possibility of recording lap times using GPS.WOW

It is a sensual experience to only a select few who can afford such an extravagant phenomena. As for the price of this goes, let’s just say “If you had to ask, you probably can’t afford it.” Of course, that will be synonymous for 99% of humanity. Be very sure that the HP4 will be ludicrously priced for an exotic machine dripping with carbon fibre lustrous beauty and only a handful of 750 will be built by the German technocrats. Goosebumps.

BMW here looks to be getting it with a seven-figure price tag of € 80000 (appx ₹ 56 lakh) and be sure that this motorcycle will not receive any road approval; it is only intended for closed racetracks. It’s got to. Else some lunatic will succumb to its calling!. Trust me, it sure can do that.

If we were to pretend I could afford one, was I convinced of its value being worthy of the price tag? Yes, if I also owned a racetrack or had one at my disposal. If and when it comes to India, expect to see an eight-figure price tag. For the rest of us, sticking onto our mopeds for the grocery run suits.

It looks like I need a change of wallpaper before I make more saliva bubbles. Stop doing everything and let the images do the talking. Ich Liebe.

Overall Dimension

Wheelbase 1440mm
Seat height 816mm - 846mm
Wet weight 171kg
Fuel Tank 17.5 L

Engine Specification

Capacity cc 999
Bore/ Stroke mm 80/49.7
Output 215 bhp @ 13900 rpm
Torque 120 Nm @ 10000 rpm
Type Water-cooled, DOHC, in-line 4-cylinder engine
Clutch type Multi-plate anti-hopping wet clutch,
Transmission Constant-mesh 6-speed racing gearbox (EVO)

Chassis Specifications

Frame Carbon fibre monocoque RTM frame with adjustable steering head
angle and swingarm centre of rotation, load-bearing engine
Suspension / Front Öhlins FGR 300 Superbike World Cup fork, adjustable rebound and compression damping, adjustable spring preload, adjustable Öhlins SD052 steering damper
Suspension / Rear Aluminium underslung double-sided swingarm, Öhlins TTX 36 GP central spring strut, adjustable rebound and compression damping, adjustable spring preload
Brakes / Front Brembo Racing twin disc brake, T-floated racing brake discs, diameter 320 x 6.75 mm, 4-piston monoblock Superbike World Cup fixed calliper GP4-PR with titanium pistons
Brakes / Rear Brembo Racing single disc brake, 4-piston Superbike World Cup fixed calliper with titanium pistons, brake disc diameter 220 x 4.0 mm
Tyres / Front 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diabolo Superbike Slick SC2
Tyres / Rear 200/60 ZR 17 Pirelli Diabolo Superbike Slick SC2

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The new BMW HP4 RACE: individually crafted high-tech and innovation for top performance on the race track.

Fascinating technical solutions for maximum performance on the race track have always been the hallmark of hand-picked factory racing motorcycles modified to perfection down to the last detail. With the new HP4 RACE, BMW Motorrad presents a purebred racing bike in a production run of 750. It is individually crafted by a small, highly specialised team, ensuring the very highest level of quality.

In terms of engine, electronics and spring elements, the new HP4 RACE is in the same category as current superbike factory racing machines, even surpassing this level in the area of suspension with its carbon fibre frame. Weighing 171 kilograms when fully fuelled and road ready, the new HP4 RACE is even lighter than the factory racing bikes currently used in the Superbike World Championship and is only slightly above the MotoGP factory racers in terms of weight.

Industrially manufactured carbon fibre main frame in monocoque construction, self-supporting rear frame and wheels made of carbon fibre.

With the HP4 RACE, BMW Motorrad is the first motorcycle manufacturer in the world to present a main frame made entirely of carbon fibre and weighing just 7.8 kilograms that is produced industrially in small series, thereby making this future-oriented technology available for anyone to purchase. The front and rear wheel are also made of this high-tech material, enabling a weight reduction of approximately 30 per cent as compared to light alloy forged wheels while retaining a deliberately rigid design.

Öhlins spring elements, light alloy underslung swingarm and Brembo monoblock brake calipers from the Superbike World Championship.

The new HP4 RACE likewise meets the highest demands of racing technology in the area of spring elements and brakes. Both the FGR 300 upside-down fork and the TTX 36 GP spring strut are supplied by the Swedish manufacturer Öhlins, with identical parts being used both in the Superbike World Championship and in MotoGP. The light alloy underslung swingarm made of milled and sheet metal parts is also a component used in the Superbike World Cup.

Featuring two Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers, the brake system of new HP4 RACE also has parts otherwise only to be found in World Cup machines. Coated titanium pistons and single-piece aluminium calipers with chemically nickel-plated surface make for what is currently the very best combination of materials available. In conjunction with 6.75 mm thick 320 millimetre T-type racing steel brakes, the system ensures stunning brake performance.

Purebred racing engine and close-ratio racing gearbox with adapted transmission ratios according to World Cup specifications.

The new HP4 RACE has a purebred racing engine similar to specifications 6.2 and 7.2 as in the Endurance and Superbike World Championships. The peak output is 158 kW (215 hp) at 13 900 rpm. The maximum torque of 120 Nm is reached at 10000 rpm. The maximum engine speed has been increased as compared to the engine of the S 1000 RR from 14 200 rpm to 14 500 rpm. With the aim of achieving the best possible performance, a 6‑speed close-ratio racing gearbox is used with optimised transmission ratios and various secondary ratios (diverse pinions and chain sprockets included).

Weight-optimised electrical system, 2D dashboard along with Dynamic Traction Control DTC, Engine Brake EBR, Wheelie Control and other electronic features.

The new BMW HP4 RACE comes with an extensive package of electronic control and assistance systems as well as a weight-optimised on-board electrical system which has been optimised to meet racing needs. A wealth of information is available on the 2D dashboard with transferable data memory (2D logger).

Wide-ranging set-up options for different track layouts and road surface conditions are provided by the audibly perceptible Dynamic Traction Control controlled by ignition cut, Engine Brake EBR and Wheelie Control. These can be programmed selectively for each gear according to rider preference, allowing optimum use of the enormous riding dynamics potential offered by the new HP4 RACE. Other electronic features are the Pit Lane Limiter for observing speed limits in the pit lane and Launch Control for perfect race starts.

Light trim carbon fibre trim parts and hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank.

The carbon fibre trim, the intake silencer cover and the seat hump in the new HP4 RACE feature the BMW HP Motorsport colours. A hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank sealed with a clear finish underscores the bike’s high-quality racing look.

An overview of the highlights of the new BMW HP4 RACE:

Carbon fibre main frame in monocoque construction weighing just 7.8 kilograms.
Self-supporting carbon fibre rear frame with three-stage height adjustment function.
Carbon fibre wheels offering a weight reduction of some 30 per cent as compared to light alloy forged wheels.
Öhlins FGR 300 upside-down fork.
Öhlins TTX 36 GP spring strut.
Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers with 320 T-type racing steel brake disks (thickness: 6.75 mm) at the front.
Racing engine at World Cup level with an output of 158 kW (215 hp) at 13 900 rpm and a maximum torque of 120 Nm at 10 000 rpm.
Close-ratio racing gearbox with adapted transmission ratios.
Weight-optimised electrical system featuring light lithium-ion battery with 5 Ah.
2D dashboard and 2D data recording including logger.
Dynamic Traction Control DTC (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).
Engine Brake EBR (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).
Wheelie Control (programmable for selected gears).
Launch Control.
Pit Lane Limiter.
Light trim parts made of carbon fibre with snap fasteners.
Paint finish in BMW HP Motorsport colours.
Production run of 750 units, each individually crafted.

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