BMW Motorrad unveils the HP4
The 4-cylinder 1000cc supersports bike features lightweight construction and improved performance
BMW Mottorad has unveiled its new supersports bike, the HP4. It is the lightest bike in the 4-cylinder 1000cc bike category, claims the company, and is based on the S 1000 RR.
The fourth model in BMW’s HP family, the HP4 benefits from weight saving measures which improve its handling on the track and road.. The new forged alloy wheels, sprocket carrier and titanium exhaust system save almost 7kg, in its dry weight of 169kg.
The HP4 is a track focused bike but can be used as a road bike. Like the S 1000 RR, the company offers a package which includes a passenger seat and footpegs as option. The HP4’s water-cooled 1000cc engine, derived from the RR makes 193PS of power of and 112 Nm of torque. It features rain, sport, race and slick drive modes that change the way power is delivered to keep the bike stable in different conditions.
The HP4 has the looks of the RR, with contrasting styling on the sides, dual headlights, LED turn signals and a laser-engraved HP4 logo with serial number on the upper fork bridge. It features a multi-colour paint job to enhance its racing cred.
The HP4 is the first production bike in the world to feature a dynamic suspension damping system called the Dynamic Damping Control (DDC). This allows the upside-down front forks and the rear spring strut to adjust to road situations, improving traction, which leads to better handling and improved safety.
The race-spec ABS system that debuted on the RR, includes Brembo brake calipers with special floating brake discs can be set to four pre-set modes just like the damping system.
The performance assists include the launch assist which adjusts torque and power delivery and allows slick gear shifts, improving traction. The Competition Package for racing enthusiasts includes a long, closed carbon engine spoiler, adjustable rider foot rests, and folding brake and clutch levers.
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