BMW HP4 Race debuts in China

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During EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show) this past November, BMW unveiled the HP4 RACE.

Engine performance of the HP4 Race sees an impressive peak output rated at 158 kW (215 hp) at 13,900 rpm, and maximum torque of 120 Nm (88.5 ft lb) at 10,000 rpm. This is lighter than the factory World Superbike S 1000 RR, and just a bit heavier than "MotoGP factory racers", BMW reports. The HP4 RACE also has a 300-rpm higher rev limit over the S 1000 RR; the HP4 revs to 14,500 rpm. A six-speed spur tooth gearbox - with secondary ratios, diverse pinions and sprockets included - gets power to the ground, with an anti-hop wet clutch as standard.

The electronic rider aid system includes such goodies as programmable engine braking and traction control, and a data-logging 2D dash. This also includes four ride modes - Wet, Intermediate, Dry 1 and Dry 2 - while an on-board 2D datalogger is included with lap timing and Global Positioning System. Both FGR 300 upside-down forks and TTX 36 GP rear suspension are supplied by the Swedish manufacturer Ohlins, with identical parts being used both in the Superbike World Championship and in MotoGP. What sets the HP4 Race apart is the use of carbon-fibre in the frame and wheels, bringing it in at 171 kg fully-fuelled and ready to ride. Moreover, the bike uses a full carbon fiber frame to keep the weight as low as possible. Coated titanium pistons, Brembo GP4 PR monoblock aluminium brake calipers, and braking system are also borrowed from race bikes. All told, the HP4 Race tips the scales at 377 lbs.

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The BMW HP4 is the world's first series production bike with a carbon fibre main frame and will be limited to 750 units.

The carbon fibre trim, the intake silencer cover and the seat hump in the new HP4 RACE feature the BMW HP Motorsport colours. The HP4 RACE also arrives with Pit Lane Limiter and Launch Control.

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

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Weight-optimised electrical system featuring light lithium-ion battery with 5 Ah.

2D dashboard and 2D data recording including logger.

BMW Motorrad has yet to release a price for the states, but BMW Motorrad UK reports a price of £68,000 and available in September 2017, so expect to pay around $87,000 here in the states. Wide-ranging set-up options for different track layouts and road surface conditions are provided by the audibly perceptible Dynamic Traction Control controlled by ignition cut, Engine Brake EBR and Wheelie Control.

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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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