Details of BMW’s more powerful and lighter 2019 S 1000 RR have been leaked just as BMW Motorrad has announced it will unveil six new bikes at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan next week.
The leaked photo comes from an official-looking brochure.
Several spy photos of the bike have previously surfaced including this photo of four S 1000 RRs at a Spanish service station last month.
Apart from the visual changes, including non-cockeyed headlights, the most interesting aspect is the tech specs from the leaked brochure.
They reveal the S 1000 RR is almost 4kW powerful and 10.5kg lighter.
It has 152kW of power at 13,500rpm and weighs 193.5 fully fuelled compared with the current model at 148.4kW at the same revs and weighs 204kg.
Some of the weight loss is the reduced tank size from 17.5L to 16.5L.
However, it may have the same range as fuel economy should be improved with their more efficient CamShift variable valve timing as now used in the 2019 R 1250 GS and RT.
It is similar to the variable valve timing offered by Ducati and Honda. VVT has been used for years in cars and was introduced to motorcycles in the 1990s by Honda and Suzuki, but deemed too expensive.
We also notice that the seat is now 4mm higher at 824mm. Low 814mm and high 849mm seats will be available as options.
It will come standard with Race ABS, ABS Pro, four riding modes, traction control, hill-start control, Shift Assist Pro, TFT display and all-LED lighting.
Accessories will include carbon parts, tinted and bubble windshields, data logger, an M calibration kit, and tank and rear bags.
The other five new motorcycles to be released at EICMA could include an Adventure version of the F850 launched last year and some updates to the R nineT range.