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BMW M 1000 XR: The Epitome of Performance and Long-Distance Riding


BMW Motorrad is set to take the riding experience to new heights with the unveiling of their latest prototype, the BMW M 1000 XR.

As a preview of the third M model in BMW Motorrad’s anniversary year, the M 1000 XR combines the cutting-edge technology and high-performance features of the ‘M’ line.

Designed as a long-distance sports bike with exceptional endurance and race-track capabilities, this motorcycle is poised to exceed the highest expectations of riders worldwide.

The letter ‘M’ holds an iconic status within BMW, symbolizing racing triumphs, high-performance engineering, exclusivity, and individuality. In 2019, BMW Motorrad successfully introduced the M range strategy for motorcycles, which has since provided customers with M special equipment and M Performance Parts.

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Following the brand’s continued commitment to innovation, the M 1000 RR and M 1000 R models emerged as the first two independent M models from BMW Motorrad in subsequent years.

Celebrating 100 years of BMW Motorrad, the M 1000 XR prototype embodies nearly a century of motorsport excellence and acts as a glimpse into the future of supersports motorcycles.

It flawlessly combines the skills required for country road riding, long-distance journeys, and adrenaline-fueled track use, setting a new benchmark for performance in this segment.

At the heart of the M 1000 XR prototype lies an in-line four-cylinder engine derived from the BMW S 1000 RR super sports bike. Leveraging BMW ShiftCam technology, which enables variable valve timing and lift, this engine generates an astounding output of over 147 kW (200 hp).

Remarkably, despite its formidable power, the M 1000 XR maintains a remarkably light DIN empty weight of only 223 kg when fully fueled. With a chassis designed for high-performance road use, exceptional aerodynamics, and cutting-edge control electronics, this crossover bike introduces dynamic riding possibilities that were previously reserved for purebred superbikes.

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For those seeking even more enhanced performance and reduced weight, the optional M Competition Package is available ex works. The M XR prototype boasts a top speed of approximately 280 km/h, leaving no doubts about its extraordinary capabilities.

Aerodynamics played a pivotal role in the development of the M 1000 XR prototype alongside its drivetrain and suspension technologies. To ensure unrivaled stability at high speeds, the motorcycle is equipped with M winglets. These innovative winglets not only enhance riding stability but also provide greater wheel-to-road contact, particularly during acceleration and at high velocities.

By increasing the load on the front wheel, the winglets mitigate wheelie tendencies, reducing the intervention required from the traction control system. As a result, more power is efficiently converted into acceleration, allowing riders to achieve faster lap times. Furthermore, the front-wheel-oriented seating position enhances overall bike control, especially in supersport mode.

Continuing the tradition set by the M 1000 RR and M 1000 R, the M 1000 XR features the M brake system. Developed using invaluable insights gained from BMW Motorrad’s factory racing machines in the WorldSBK Championship, these brakes offer optimal performance for both track and performance riding. The M brake callipers are distinguished by their striking blue anodized coating, accentuating their connection to the illustrious M lineage.

BMW Motorrad enthusiasts and performance aficionados can eagerly anticipate further details about the BMW M 1000 XR, as BMW Motorrad plans to release additional information in the second half of 2023.

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Marcelo Souza

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