BMW HP4 Race production version unveiled Auto Shanghai 2017

2017 BMW HP4 02 750x500

2017 BMW HP4 02 750x500

BMW says with its engine, electronics, suspension and braking, HP4 RACE' specs are at par with current stock racing superbikes.

With the HP4 RACE, BMW Motorrad is the first motorcycle manufacturer in the world to present a main frame made entirely of carbon fibre and weighing just 7.8 kilograms that is produced industrially in small series, thereby making this future-oriented technology available for anyone to purchase.

Weighing just 171 kilograms, the HP4 Race is lighter than the factory racing bikes now used in the Superbike World Championship and is slightly above the MotoGP factory racers in terms of weight.

The BMW HP4 is capable of producing 215 hp of power and 120 Nm of torque.

The engine is handbuilt to specifications 6.2 and 7.2 of the FIA Endurance and World Superbike regulations, delivering a quoted 158kW at 13 900 revs and 120Nm at 10 000rpm, with its rev limit raised from 14 200 to 14 500rpm. There is a close-ratio, six-speed gearbox with honed racing ratios, and a host of electrical wizardry to help the rider keep the bike under control, ranging from Dynamic Traction Control to Wheelie Control. Dynamic Traction Control, Engine Braking and Wheelie Control can be programmed for each gear, according to rider preference, enabling the enormous riding potential of the HP4 Race to be fully unlocked. Race-ready and fueled up, the bike weighs 171 kg. The front and rear wheels are also made of the same material, meaning they are 30 percent lighter than alloy forged ones.

Same goes for the two Brembo GP4 PR monoblock calipers, which, in conjunction with 6.75 mm thick 320 mm T-type racing steel brakes ensures excellent brake performance.

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In order to cope with the quoted top speed of "over 300 km/h" (186 mph), the HP4 Race is also loaded with an array of on-board electronic controls and assistance systems. Coming only in BMW Motorsport racing colours, there is no word on pricing for the 2017 BMW HP4 Race, but we can safely assume, based on the "standard" HP4's previously published price of around RM145,000, this limited race machine is not going to be cheap.

Featuring two Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers, the brake system of new HP4 RACE also has parts otherwise only to be found in World Cup machines.

United Kingdom price of £68,000 and available from September 2017.

Self-supporting carbon fibre rear frame with three-stage height adjustment function.

Engine Brake EBR (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).

Yes, yes, we know, this isn't a vehicle, but it is a carbon-framed BMW that's only marginally heavier than the machines used at the top level of motorsport.

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