BMW Motorrad has entered the elite world of ultra-expensive hand-built super-sportsbikes targeted just for the race track.
The Bavrians surprised everyone by unveiling its handbuilt HP4 Race track bike at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last November.
At the time the only details about the handbuilt track bike was that it features a full carbonfibre frame and wheels.
Now they have revealed full details of the 158kW bike, but still no word on whether it is coming to Australia and how much it will cost. Only 750 will be built, so we expect they will be quite expensive.
These hand-built super-sportsbikes are becoming just the thing to satisfy those elite riders with never-ending pockets.
MV Agusta and Ducati have been doing it for a while and Honda joined in 2015 with the RC213V-S which cost more than a quarter of a million dollars.
HP4 Race details
The all-carbon HP4 Race weighs just 171kg fully fuelled and road ready which is even lighter than the factory racing bikes in the Superbike World Championship and only slightly above the MotoGP factory racers.
BMW Motorrad is the first motorcycle manufacturer to present a main frame made entirely of carbon fibre. The frame weighs just 7.8kg.
The racing pedigree is evident from the BMW Motorsports colours to the race-pedigree engine.
It features Öhlins FGR 300 upside-down fork and the TTX 36 GP spring strut used both in the Superbike World Championship and in MotoGP.
The light alloy underslung swingarm is made of milled and sheet metal parts which are used in the Superbike World Cup and the Brembo monoblock brake calipers come from the Superbike World Championship.
The brakes have coated titanium pistons, single-piece aluminium calipers with a chemically nickel-plated surface and 6.75mm by 320mm T-type racing steel brakes.
The engine and close-ratio racing gearbox with adapted transmission ratios also come from World Cup specifications.
Peak output is 158kW (215hp) at 13900rpm with 120Nm of torque at 10000rpm.
Maximum engine speed is increased over the S 1000 RR from 14200rpm to 14500rpm.
The HP4 Race comes with an extensive package of electronic control and assistance systems as well as a lightweight on-board electrical system and 2D dashboard with transferable data memory (2D logger).
Electronic controls include Dynamic Traction Control controlled by ignition cut, Engine Brake, Wheelie Control Pit Lane Limiter and Launch Control.