Just in case the current BMW S1000 RR Superbike hasn’t enjoyed enough success, BMW Motorrad has stepped up the superbike game yet again with the announcement of the BMW HP4. Weighing in at 357lbs (162kg) dry, BMW argues the H4 is the lightest 4-cylinder supersport bike on the market to date.
While the output of 193bhp remains unchanged, the H4 does get upgrades such as launch control, electronic suspension (which BMW calls Dynamic Damping Control), revised seven-setting traction control, shift assist and a titanium Akropovic exhaust all as standard items. Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) also continue to come standard on BMW’s flagship superbike.
The BMW H4 also sees an improved braking system with Race ABS with IDM (International German Motorcycle Championship) settings for maximum braking performance. According to BMW, the H4 not only has Brembo monoblock brake calipers and 9X floating discs up front, but it also gets further refined ABS. Input from the German racing series has been fed directly into BMW’s new, improved ABS system.
The H4 also gets new rubber, with 200/55 ZR 17 tires on the rear, the same control size tire used in the World Superbike Superstock 1000 class.
In addition to the Akropovic exhaust, which lightens the load by nearly 10lbs (4.5kg), the H4 also sees gets new 7-spoke forged alloy light wheels and a lighter sprocket carrier to help reduce the weight of the motorcycle.
Still not satisfied? The HP4 is also available in a Competition Package that comes equipped with refined carbon parts including a long, closed HP engine spoiler in carbon, an adjustable HP rider footrest system, folding HP brake and clutch levers, wheels finished in racing blue metallic and a sponsor sticker kit so you can impress your friends.
The HP4 technical highlights include:
- Fork bridge with engraved number and HP4 logo.
- Lightest 1000 supersports bike with four cylinders: 438lb (199 kg) (90% DIN unladen weight).
- Innovative suspension with Dynamic Damping Control DDC.
- Race ABS with IDM setting.
- Dynamic Traction Control DTC with fine adjustment in “Slick” mode.
- Launch Control.
- Adapted wheelie detection.
- New rear wheel tyres, 200/55 ZR 17.
- Shift assistant as standard.
- Light titanium exhaust system with controlled acoustic valve and interference pipe.
- Forged light alloy wheels, anodised in black.
- Radial monoblock brake calipers by Brembo with special brake pads.
- 9x floating brake discs at front.
- Extended, dual-section engine spoiler.
- Seat in monoposto look with passenger seat cover.
- LED turn indicators.
- Tinted windshield.
- Lighter 7 Ah battery.
- Performance-oriented engine set-up.
- Increased torque in the medium engine speed range.
HP4 with Competition Package:
- Long, closed engine spoiler made of carbon.
- Sponsor sticker kit included.
- Wheels in Racing blue metallic.
- HP Carbon badge carrier.
- HP Carbon tank cover.
- HP brake lever, hinged.
- HP clutch lever, hinged.
- HP rider footrest system, adjustable.
Pricing and for Canadian models does not appear to be available at this time, however the release date is expected to be the foruth quarter of 2012. You can bet this motorcycle will be a show-stopper. Start saving your pennies now.