Designed specifically as a track weapon, the 2018 BMW Motorrad HP4 Race is a showcase of BMW’s engineering prowess. As with all halo motorcycles, such as the Honda RC213V-S and Ducati 1299 Superleggera, the HP4 Race comes with a commensurate price tag – RM491,420, sans GST.

This is a savings of RM29,480 from the GST price of RM520,900 and the specifications of the HP4 Race would justify it. Its carbon-fibre frame weighs 7.6 kg, weighing a full third less than the S1000 RR’s 11.6 kg aluminium frame.

Producing 215 hp at 13,900 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm from its inline-four, liquid-cooled, DOHC 16-valve power plant, the HP Race uses a six-speed, straight-cut gear transmission and chain final drive. Rear wheel hop under heavy downshifting is modulated with a slipper clutch.

While most make do with three or four levels of traction control, the HP4 Race gives the rider 15 levels of adjustment, including engine braking control. Four ride modes are standard – Wet, Intermediate, Dry 1 and Dry 2 – as is datalogging, lap timing and GPS.

Also included in the HP4 Race’s electronics suite are a pit lane speed limiter, launch control, wheelie control, spring travel and brake pressure sensors. The rider’s position is also adjustable with eight-position footrests, adjustable handlebars and seat height, adjustable steering head angle and swingarm centre of rotation.

Naturally braking and suspension is from the very top shelf, with Brembo GP4-R callipers using titanium pistons to clamp a pair of 320 mm diameter discs in front, actuated by a Brembo RCS 19×18 master cylinder. A pair of Ohlins FGR300 forks is mated with an Ohlins SD052 steering damper in front and Ohlins TTX36 GP monoshock in the back.

Carbon-fibre wheels complete the fit-out, giving the HP4 Race a wet weight of 171 kg, ready to go. Limited to 750 units worldwide, the HP4 Race is hand-built by a dedicated team in Berlin, Germany, and comes solely in BMW Motorsport livery.