As part of BMW Motorrad’s 100th anniversary, the company has unveiled a prototype of the newest model in its M lineup: the M 1000 XR. The M 1000 RR and the M 1000 R, the first two independent M models from BMW Motorrad, were introduced in 2020 and 2022 respectively.
The M 1000 XR was developed based on the current S 1000 XR, S 1000 RR, and M 1000 RR as a long-distance sportbike with supersport riding dynamics for the road as well as for the track.
BMW says the letter M has been “synonymous with racing success worldwide for over 50 years, as well as with high-performance BMW road models aimed at customers with very high expectations for performance, exclusivity, and individuality.”
The 999cc inline-Four engine from the S 1000 RR with BMW ShiftCam technology for varying the timing and valve lift is used as the basis. When our reviewer tested the 2023 S 1000 RR, putting it through five sessions on Spain’s 2.6-mile Almeria Circuit, he rated the bike “at the pinnacle of supersport performance.”
The M 1000 XR has a claimed engine output of more than 200 hp and a curb weight of 492 lb, as well as chassis technology, aerodynamics, and control electronics that BMW says are designed equally for high-performance road use, long-distance touring, and fast track lapping, with a claimed top speed of around 174 mph. Further weight reduction and increased riding dynamics can be achieved with the available M Competition Package.
The M 1000 XR has the same M winglets of the M 1000 RR and M 1000 R, offering greater stability, reduced wheelie tendency, and enhanced acceleration thanks to improved aerodynamic downforce, and the forward-leaning seating position ensures better bike control, especially in supersport mode.
Also like its M-model predecessors, the new M 1000 XR features M brakes. These were developed using experience gained with racing brakes on BMW Motorrad factory racing machines in the Superbike World Championship.
BMW Motorrad will publish further information on the new BMW M 1000 XR in the second half of 2023.