BMW Motorrad recently unveiled the 2013 HP4, essentially a race-homologation version of the S1000RR superbike.
The BMW HP4 is a part of the HP series that was launched in 2005. After the boxer models HP2 Enduro, HP2 Megamoto and HP2 Sport twin-engine models, the HP4 marks the debut of the first four-cylinder bike in the series. Each bike comes with its individual HP4 serial number engraved on the upper fork bridge.
The bike debuted on the race track at the 46th Macau Grand Prix held on the 6.2-kilometre Guia street circuit. BMW claims that the bike is the lightest four-cylinder supersports bike in its class till date. It offers a maximum power output of 195.6 PS and weighs a little under 200 kg when carrying a 90% full fuel tank and equipped with Race ABS (dry weight with Race ABS: 169 kg).
Externally, the bike now has an extended lower fairing that goes closer to the rear tire. There are integrated LED turn signals and a tinted windshield along with a HP Racing Blue Metallic / Light color scheme. The optional Competition Package includes body components in carbon fiber, racing blue metallic anodised rims and a sticker kit reminiscent of factory World Superbikes. The bike is also fitted with racing-style adjustable rider foot controls and hinged brake and clutch levers, which are less susceptible to crash damage.
The bike incorporates various innovations in line with its race-focused mindset. The standard passenger seat cover maintains the ‘monoposto’ (single seater) look typical of race bikes. For bikers who prefer to take some company along, there is an optional passenger package that includes a passenger seat and footrest system.
Technologically, the bike features more ‘firsts’. For the first time, a serial production bike comes with Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) as standard fitment. This system allows the upside-down fork and spring strut to dynamically adjust to the condition of the particular road from parameters supplied by sensors via electrically controlled regulation valves. The bike is thus claimed to offer optimum damping and near-perfect handling of short and long shocks for enhanced traction and safety.
For braking, there are Brembo monoblock calipers and 9x floating front discs. The new refined Race ABS has “Rain”, “Sport”, “Race” and “Slick” modes for different surfaces and racing conditions. There is a new-format 200/55 ZR 17 rear tire, and the Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) has been optimised for supersports.
In another first, the HP4 is the first BMW bike to use a Launch Control function to allow maximum support from a standing start for a rider in “Slick” mode. The system prevents unwanted wheelies by reducing engine torque if front wheel lift is detected. In addition, the shift assistant (fitted as standard) allows virtually continuous traction force and instant gearshifts.
The HP4 makes a strong claim for the moniker of the best production sportsbike with its technology and high performance, and at a price of INR 10.9 lakhs for the base model, INR 11.2 lakhs for the standard package, and INR 13.6 lakhs for the premium package, the bike could become very successful very soon. “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” has become a lot more real!