By Dennis Chung
BMW is set to announce a new high-performance sportbike on Sept. 23 that we suspect will be called the M1000RR. The announcement will be held on a video podcast on YouTube that will go live at 3am EST/midnight PST on Sept. 23.
The description for the video (embedded below) reads:
“Experience the ultimate will to win and the pure demand for performance. Don’t miss the upcoming exclusive #RideAndTalk live video podcast as we will reveal something big #BornOnTheRacetrack! #MakeLifeARide”
While the description doesn’t mention a model by name, there are some clues that suggest it will be the M1000RR, which BMW filed a trademark for last year. The thumbnail for the video shows a sportbike that looks a lot like the S1000RR shrouded in fog, and right above the words “Born on the Racetrack” is the distinctive M logo used for BMW’s high-performance sub-brand.
BMW M (for “Motorsport”) is a subsidiary that produces modified versions of BMW models. BMW M typically offers higher performance versions of the company’s cars and SUVs, but in recent years, has produced a number of M-branded accessories for the S1000RR, including lever protectors, a lighter battery, adjustable footrests and various carbon fiber components, carbon fiber wheels, lightweight aluminum wheels, and various other accessories.
BMW M offers a number of accessories for the S1000RR Including carbon fiber bodywork, ergonomic seats, footrests and carbon wheels.
An M1000RR is the logical extension of the M Performance Parts program, assembling it all into a single package for a higher-spec S1000RR. Several other manufacturers offer moderately higher performance versions of their superbikes, like the Kawasaki ZX-10RR, or Yamaha YZF-R1M, but there are also examples of more exotic (and significantly more expensive) variants like the Ducati Superleggera V4 or …read more