After ten years of sterling service in the superbike arena, BMW Motorrad has replaced the previous generation S 1000 RR with the 2019 BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR. BMW’s 2019 superbike comes with a completely new engine and suspension with a design brief of making it faster on the track, lighter and easier to control.

The new inline-four power plant in the S 1000 RR now makes 207 hp at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm, up from the previous model’s 199 hp at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 10,500 rpm. It should be noted that Motorrad has developed a very linear torque curve for this motor, with 100 Nm of torque being available from 5,500 to 14,500 rpm.

With an eye to performance gains from weight loss, the new engine is 4 kg lighter and comes with variable valve timing and stroke on the intake. As for overall weight, the 2019 S 1000 RR has lost 10 kg over the previous bike’s 208 kg, coming in 11 kg lighter at 197 kg.

This includes weight savings from an exhaust system that is 1.3 kg lighter and adding the M Package drops overall weight down to 193.5 kg. That BMW Motorrad is serious about saving weight can be seen in the redesigned Full Floater Pro rear suspension, which saves 300 grammes from the last generation.

The new suspension also places more of the load on the frame and engine itself, with force applied directly to the engine via the shortest possible force vector. BMW Motorrad says the new S 1000 RR has significantly better riding dynamics with new riding geometry and weight optimisation.

Dynamic Damping Control, Motorrad’s version of electronic semi-active suspension, is now an optional item for the S 1000 RR. Now featuring new valve and control technology, there is a shim package available for aggressive track use.

A total of seven ride modes are available for the S 1000 RR – four as standard and three more with the optional Pro Modes package. The standard modes are Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race while the Pro Mode module adds three ride modes that are user customisable for Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS and wheelie detection as well as torque delivery and engine braking.

Also available with the Pro Modes module is launch control and pit lane speed limiter. Standard fitment on the S 1000 RR is HP Shift Assistant Pro which gives up-and-down quickshifting in a reversible shift pattern for race use.

Inside the cockpit is a 6.5-inch TFT-LCD screen with four display option – Pure Ride for road use while Core 1 and 2 mimic an analogue display and Core 3 uses a bar graph display. There are two colour options for the 2019 S 1000 RR, which are Racing Red and Motorsport.