2020 BMW S 1000 RR

Liter-class Bavarian gets an overhaul, including a more powerful engine.

2020 BMW S 1000 RR
2020 BMW S 1000 RRBMW Motorrad

The 2020 BMW S 1000 RR is among the vanguard of liter-size superbikes. As one of the most finely crafted and technologically sophisticated motorcycles in its segment, the S 1000 RR has a lot to live up to, particularly as its European and Japanese competition continues to advance. For 2020, the bike was given a major overhaul, reducing overall weight by a claimed 25 pounds thanks to an improved 999cc inline-four and a slimmer, smaller chassis inspired by World Superbike development. The engine updates alone have given the Bavarian missile more than 180 hp and nearly 80 pound-feet of torque measured at the rear wheel.

That power is more accessible than ever thanks to a suite of ride modes and electronic settings aimed at providing optimal performance in a variety of conditions. During his first ride on the new model, Road Test Editor Michael Gilbert found the machine more agreeable than ever. "Minimal handlebar input decks the S 1000 RR to the right, where it carves a tight line through Estoril's second-gear first corner. The German manufacturer didn't want just a faster literbike, it wanted one that's lighter and easier to ride."

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"As both an introductory effort and a portent of what it's likely unleashed in the marketplace," editors began, the 2010 BMW S 1000 RR is the "most beautiful thing to blow out of Bavaria since Beethoven." And in '17, the HP4 Race went a step further with a carbon-fiber frame.

2020 BMW S 1000 RR
2020 BMW S 1000 RRBMW Motorrad

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2020 BMW S 1000 RR
2020 BMW S 1000 RRBMW Motorrad

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Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $16,995
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-cylinder
Displacement 999cc
Bore x Stroke 80.0mm x 49.7mm
Horsepower 205.0 hp @ 13,000 rpm
Torque 83.0 lb.-ft. @ 11,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.4 in.
Rake 23.5°
Trail 3.7 in.
Front Suspension 45mm, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 4.6-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire 190/55ZR-17
Wheelbase 56.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 434 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 33.2 in.
Dry Weight 412 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 182.6 hp @ 13,580 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 77.1 lb.-ft. @ 11,040 rpm
0–60 mph 3.1 sec.
1/4-mile 10.35 sec. @ 149.66 mph
Braking 30–0 mph 30.8 ft.
Braking 60–0 mph 124.8 ft.