In October 2020, BMW Motorrad announced the first-ever M-Series motorcycle, the M 1000 RR. The bike uses the S 1000 RR as a foundation, and adds a titanium exhaust, M-specific componentry, carbon parts, and the M Competition performance kit as an option. Back in 2020, the M 1000 RR’s 205-horsepower engine gives it a top speed of 189, and a 3.1-second 0-62 time.
A special limited-edition golden anniversary model, the M 1000 RR 50 Years M edition, followed this spring, but it took a full two years for BMW’s two-wheeler division to unveil a second regular production M-level model. The company took the wraps off the sophomore in the series, identified as the 2023 M 1000 R, this week.
Featuring a revised back end and aerodynamic body, the bike features some interesting updates at a lower sticker than the M 1000 RR. The model also comes with a retuned version of the 999 cc four-cylinder engine used in the M 1000 RR, with horsepower unchanged but titanium valves among the new developments and better power by virtue of ShiftCam technology and Variable Valve Timing; new performance features include slide assist and control. The bike can travel from 0-62 in 2.9 seconds.
The new BMW M 1000 R will arrive at dealerships in the first month of the New Year. Pricing begins at $22,040 with destination fee included. For those interested in the M 1000 RR, that bike has been revised for the 2023 model year. But that’s another story.