Compact motor: BMW has worked really hard to make the engine small and light to allow the frame to be narrow.
Race-spec dashboard: We can’t see it in complete detail but the dash is a simple and lightweight race-spec version.
Exhaust: We can’t see the right side of the bike in detail on the main picture but it’s expected the exhaust will have an end can similar to that on the Honda Fireblade as the silencer is large and mounted under the engine.
Side gills are gone: The side-mounted side gills seen on the early race bikes are now gone in favour of this open panel for improved cooling.
Top-spec suspension: The front forks look like massive 49mm upsidedown items with adjusters on the top and bottom of the fork.
Lightweight wheels: The cast allow wheels are BMW’s own design.
1. Electrics and Electronics The S 1000 RR comes as standard with a light 10 Ah battery. Whenever fitted with an anti-theft warning system as an option, the machine features a 12 Ah battery offering a longer service life and practical benefits.
Again with the objective to ensure maximum engine performance, the S 1000 RR features a fully controlled fuel pump operating at a maximum pressure of 5 bar.
Multi-functional instrument cluster with racing features.
The instrument cluster comes with a large, easy-to-read LCD display as well as an analogue rev counter also with a clear scale very easy to read. In developing the instrument cluster, the responsible engineers and other specialists attached utmost attention to clarity and the avoidance of any reflections in the display.
Apart from the gear currently in mesh, the display also presents the mode currently chosen by the rider, that is Rain, Sport, Race, or Slick. The rider is able to switch from one mode to the other from the right-hand end of the handlebar also while riding, simply pulling the clutch and turning the gas handle in idle to confirm the change in mode.
The instrument cluster featured on the S 1000 RR comes with a far wider range of functions than is generally the case in this class, making it absolutely unique in the supersports segment in terms of its wide range of options and practical use.
As an example, the rider may switch over the display to the race track mode, receiving information on his current, best and latest lap times. And in conjunction with the lap-trigger likewise available as special equipment, the rider is able to make precise time measurements for the subsequent analysis of data.
A gearshift light fl ash integrated in the system and adjustable in terms of frequency and brightness allows the driver to achieve precisely the shift speed required. At the same time this flashlight may also be used as an engine speed indicator for starting in a race, flashing on and off at the appropriate speed – approximately 9,000 rpm – for an optimum start.
Whenever engine speed is too low, the light flash will go off. Whenever engine speed is too high, the light display will come on permanently. A final important point is that the instrument cluster in the S 1000 RR is the lightest of its kind.
BMW S1000RR in Acid Green Metallic
Dynamic, Asymmetric Lightweight Headlights
The asymmetric configuration and layout of the main and high-beam headlights comes from endurance racing, applying the principle of maximum effect on minimum weight. Precisely this is why the high-beam headlight is much smaller than the low-beam unit.
The front direction indicators come off easily and quickly for racing the S 1000 RR on the track. Similarly, the number plate support including the rear direction indicators and number plate light may be removed very quickly, simply by pulling a plug and unscrewing three fastening bolts.
LED direction indicators for further customization are available as an option. The LED rear light cluster comes as standard in clear glass design, use of LEDs instead of conventional bulbs ensuring reliable and maintenance-free operation and offering a much longer service life.
New electrical switches for optimum control.
The S 1000 RR features the new generation of switches and hand controls already introduced on the K 1300 S. Using MID (Molded Interconnect Device) technology, these new switches are far smaller and more compact, offering supreme function, clear design and optimum accessibility.
Previously separated from one another, the switches for the direction indicators at the left and right are now combined in one function on the left handlebar, avoiding any confusion of the direction indicators and the horn. The hazard warning flashers are operated by a separate switch within easy reach on the left handlebar.
Operation of the low and high beam as well as the light flash is controlled by one single switch the rider is able to operate conveniently with his left index finger.
A truly unique feature versus the competition and a very practical highlight is the selection and operation of all functions and settings on the instrument cluster from the left handlebar. A toggle switch also on the left handlebar enables the rider to conveniently operate both Race ABS and DTC. And to choose the appropriate engine mode, finally, the rider just has to use the Mode switch on the right handlebar.
2. Body and Design
Supreme Performance and Dynamics The S 1000 RR comes in the unmistakable design language and look of BMW Motorrad. Asymmetries intentionally used in the design of the machine as well as the typical split of the front silhouette into two halves, the so-called Split Face, are design features characteristic of BMW Motorrad now also borne out proudly and distinctly on the new S 1000 RR.
The S 1000 RR stands out clearly from its competitors through the looks of the machine alone, the extremely slender fairing giving the S 1000 RR an extremely sporting appearance.
Again, these attributes clearly follow the overall design of the machine with its short and low front end, the high and compact rear, as well as the intentional look of lightness. The low-slung front fairing and the high-rising, muscular rear end are almost reminiscent of a hungry animal ready to pounce at any time.
Slender, dynamic proportions clearly characterize this well-trained, athletic supersports. From the front the most outstanding features are the asymmetric split of the headlight as well as the large centre air intake clearly demonstrating that on this machine the wind rushing by is converted into additional performance.
Asymmetric Headlights Provide Endurance Look
The individual lines of the S 1000 RR reflect the design line of BMW Motorrad. The Split Face, for example, an enhancement of the design of existing BMW models, clearly expresses the technical functions of the machine with its highly efficient central air intake and the aerodynamically optimized windshield.
The Split Face, a black, grained surface on the upper section of the fairing around the headlights, divides the upper section of the fairing, as seen from the front, into two “halves of a face”, thus ensuring both excitement and a truly unique look.
In its design and size, the main headlight takes up the typical look of the starter numbers on an endurance racing machine, while for constructional reasons alone the high-beam headlight is much smaller. Apart from this asymmetry creating both excitement and dynamism, the Split Face serves to subdivide the large painted surface in visual terms, giving the upper section of the fairing an even lighter and more sporting look.
Yet another design feature of all BMW motorcycles is the clear separation of the upper and lower fairing sections also to be admired on the S 1000 RR. So while the Split Face so typical of BMW , in combination with the asymmetric headlights of the S 1000 RR reminiscent of endurance racing, creates a truly unmistakable face, the optical split dividing the upper and lower section of the fairing gives the entire motorcycle a particularly light and challenging look.
Light and Dynamic Design Language
The S 1000 RR will immediately catch your eye with its side fairing sections finished in the body color of the machine. The dividing line down the side interacts with the dynamic lines of the motorcycle as a whole, extending upwards all the way to the rear end to ensure extremely light and dynamic design language.
The asymmetric shape of the headlights continues into the side fairings. While the left-hand side is dominated by a large opening for discharging hot air, the right-hand side stands out through its extremely dynamic and unmistakable fin look.
The frame, wheel guidance elements and wheels further emphasize the motorcycle’s transparency and lightness, thus underlining the extreme level of technology BMW Motorrad has set out to achieve with the S 1000 RR.
The 50:50 split of the twin-tip engine spoiler is reflected as yet another sign of distinction by the rear light cluster in clear glass.
Striking Rear Silencer
Full observance of even the strictest noise and emission standards despite supreme engine power was one of the objectives in developing the exhaust system for the new S 1000 RR. But at the same time the development engineers attached the same significance to maintaining the slender silhouette and the dynamic, light-looking appearance of the S 1000 RR, not wishing to spoil this unique look with an excessively large rear muffler.
Using sophisticated technology already described in detail in the Drivetrain Chapter, the engineers succeeded in developing a rear muffler with the design and dimensions formerly to be found only on racing machines.
Short, slightly conical in shape and with a slanted rear end, the muffler accentuates the sporting performance and dynamic character of the S 1000 RR most impressively, blending perfectly with the overall design concept characterized by a light and truly dynamic look.
Intelligent Lightweight Construction With Exceptional Details
The search for minimum weight is refl ected throughout the S 1000 RR in virtually every feature. As usual, the overall concept developed by BMW Motorrad from the start provides the key to success, the front load-bearing section serving not only to hold the instrument cluster, the rear-view mirrors, the headlights, the horn and the upper section of the fairing, but also, through its duct-like design, guiding air through the ram-air system.
And in order to reduce weight to an absolute minimum and concentrate all masses close to the centre of gravity, the front section is made of extra-light pressure-cast aluminum.
To achieve the truly demanding weight target of just 204 kg or 450 lb (without Race ABS) in road trim with a full tank, the S 1000 RR comes as the only supersports in this segment with a custom-built fuel tank made of deep-drawn aluminum and manufactured in close cooperation with BMW ’s Eisenach Plant.
Wall thickness on the various fairing sections also refl ects the rule to minimize the weight of the machine, the walls ranging in thickness, depending on their purpose, from less than 2 millimeters to a maximum of 2.5 millimeters (0.08–0.10"), thus ensuring efficient lightweight construction also in this respect.
Supreme Aerodynamics on All Surfaces
Not least, the development team responsible for the S 1000 RR also focused on the superior aerodynamics and streamlining of the machine. The big advantage is that this means not only a minimum drag coefficient, but also other, even more complex requirements such as the extraction of heat from the radiator and the exhaust gas system as a particularly challenging task, given the compact construction of the S 1000 RR.
The new S 1000 RR offers the rider the best protection from wind and weather available in the supersports segment. At the same time specifically applied, patented openings in the windshield prevent any undesired swirl effect, keeping pressure on the rider’s helmet and upper body to a pleasantly low level even at high speeds.
Ideal overall ergonomics and a front wheel-oriented seating position.
One of the objectives in developing the S 1000 RR was to make the motorcycle particularly slender and compact. And precisely this is reflected not only by the overall dimensions of the machine, but also by specific parameters such as length, width, and height. Indeed, the rider can even feel the compact structure of the S 1000 RR, particular attention being given to keeping the machine as slender as possible around the rider’s knees, following the principle that to ride well you have to sit well.
The benchmark set and achieved here was ensure compact dimensions otherwise to be found only in the 600-cc supersports segment. The active, cool, calm and collected, front wheel-oriented seating position is simply ideal for the rider and a sporting style of riding.
From the start BMW Motorrad attached great significance to refined ergonomics, meeting the needs of both the short and the tall driver ideally and thus ensuring perfect riding conditions at all times. Developing the new S 1000 RR, the engineers at BMW Motorrad were able to achieve optimum overall ergonomics from the start, without the need for all kinds of adjustments and different settings.
However, BMW Motorrad still offers fully adjustable HP footrests as special equipment for greater customization of the machine, making sure that the footrests allow a wide range of adjustment offered completely by the shift linkage bars extending through the frame and therefore avoiding the need for any subsequent change in gearshift kinematics.
Direct integration of the shift bars and the position of the pivot points on the production model ensure maximum shift precision right from the start, together with minimum operating forces and the best possible feeling when shifting. The wide range of special equipment also includes folding HP brake and clutch levers for further customization of the S 1000 RR to an even higher standard.
Options and Special Equipment for a Wide Range of Customization.
The usual wide range of options, special equipment and other features offered by BMW Motorrad serves also to customize the new S 1000 RR Supersports.
Over and above the high-performance features already coming on the S 1000 RR in standard trim, the particularly sports-minded rider will find numerous options to enhance the performance and looks of the machine to an even higher standard.
Optional extras are supplied straight from the factory and are integrated in the production process. Special equipment is for assembly either by the BMW Motorcycle Dealer or by the customer himself, either right from the start or at a later point in time.
Race ABS plus DTC Dynamic Traction Control
HP Gearshift Assistant
Anti-theft warning system with remote control
Luggage and bags - Tank bag and Rear bag
Maintenance and technology:
HP lap-trigger with wiring harness
3. Range of Equipment
Ergonomics and comfort:
Windshield, high, tinted
HP clutch lever, folding
HP brake lever, folding
Design and sound:
Hump cover, plastic, in body color
HP Carbon placard mount, left
HP Carbon placard mount, right
HP Carbon tank cover, left
HP Carbon tank cover, right
HP Carbon chain protector
HP Carbon wheel cover, front
HP Carbon hump cover
HP Carbon wheel cover, rear
HP Carbon engine spoiler
HP Carbon heel protector
Akrapović sports muffler
LED direction indicators
4. Color Choices
The color concept emphasizes the unique, dynamic character of the new BMW S 1000 RR. In conjunction with the swing arms and wheels in Ostra Grey, Mineral Silver Metallic forms a very technical and clear contrast, giving the S 1000 RR an extremely light, compact and dynamic, but not exaggerated look.
Thunder Grey Metallic serves a different purpose, intentionally avoiding any strong contrast and, together with the swing arms and wheels in Ostra Grey, giving the machine a compact, muscular appearance.
Finished in bold Acid Green Metallic, the S 1000 RR presents a clear commitment to sporting performance, again bringing back the contrast of colors impressively underlining the dynamic character of the S 1000 RR. On this color variant, the swingarm is finished in epoxy Silver, the wheels come in glossy Black.
At extra cost, the new S 1000 RR is also available in the colors of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team reminiscent of the color scheme on the Superbike Works Racing Machines. In this case the paintwork is modern Alpine White Non-Metallic, Magma Red Non-Metallic, and Lupin Blue Metallic, with the swingarm also finished in epoxy Silver and the wheels in high-gloss Black.
The frame comes in Black on all color variants. An additional optical highlight on all color variants is the red spring on the spring strut unit.
A Japanese aircraft that was launched on May 9, 2003, from the Kagoshima Amplitude Center, landed on the asteroid Itokawa in November 2005, and is appointed to acknowledgment to Earth with a landing abreast Woomera, Austl., in June 2010. Hayabusa has accomplished several abstruse problems but has alternate abundant admired accurate abstracts on Itokawa.
Since bang into an interplanetary alteration orbit, the aircraft has been propelled by four baby ion engines. However, a ample solar blaze in November 2003 bargain the electrical achievement of the solar arrays and appropriately the advance that the engines could accommodate to Hayabusa. This delayed the planned affair from June 2005 to Sept. 12, 2005, if Hayabusa accomplished a station-keeping position that finer was about anchored about to the asteroid. The aircraft had aswell suffered thruster leaks and array and accessories failures that fabricated operations awfully challenging.
Instruments cover the Asteroid Multi-band Imaging Camera (AMICA), bittersweet and X-ray spectrometers, and a ablaze apprehension and alignment (lidar) system. AMICA took images during the entering access to analyze the asteroid's rotational arbor and again mapped Itokawa as it rotated beneath the spacecraft. The spectrometers assayed the actinic and concrete backdrop of the surface. The lidar arrangement that was acclimated mapped the asteroid's topography. Hayabusa aswell agitated a baby apprentice alleged MINERVA (MIcro/Nano Experimental Apprentice Vehicle for Asteroid) that was advised to move beyond Itokawa's apparent by bent from abode to place.
The unique aerodynamics package from LUMMA Design comes with selected applications made from genuine carbon and 22 inch light alloy wheels ensure that the BMW 7 Series with its noble finish exhibits independence while staying true to its sportiness. The fact that LUMMA Design has a sense of BMW’s design language already becomes apparent in the front spoiler bumper. The curvature of the bonnet and the kidney front grille find their match in the new LUMMA front, which integrates grid inserts, fog lights and LED daytime running lights. The new shapely look is completed by the cup spoiler sword.
LUMMA Design offers a set of deep door-sills that has been designed especially for the BMW 7 Series with its extended wheelbase, so as to bridge the parameterisation of the wheels arch extensions. The aerodynamics package is completed by the new rear diffuser. Besides ensuring additional downforce, the diffuser highlights the sporty aspiration of the refined limousine.
The dynamic appearance of the LUMMA BMW is enhanced even further by the genuine carbon applications produced by the refining experts in Germany. These include exterior mirror caps, the kidney front grille frame, all door handle covers, the boot lid trim and the four-piece pillar trim set for doors and mud guards.
Naturally the wheels also contribute to the more sporty appearance. The impressive 22-inch light alloy rims are fitted with 265/30 high-performance Vredestein tyres in the front and 295/25 in the rear.
The four-cylinder diesel in the new BMW X3 xDrive20d has a maximum output of 135 kW/184 bhp. Power output has been increased by 5 kW compared to its predecessor. At the same time, average consumption in the EU test cycle has been reduced by 14 percent to a mere 5.6 litres/100 km.
The new BMW X3 xDrive20d now offers better performance and higher efficiency than any of its comparable rivals. It is powered by a 2-litre fourcylinder turbo diesel engine with aluminium crankcase and Common Rail direct injection, delivering a maximum power output of 135 kW/184 at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. The engine develops sufficient power to allow the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, reaching top speed at 210 km/h.
With an average fuel consumption of 5.6 litres/100 km, the BMW X3 xDrive20d establishes a new benchmark for efficiency in this vehicle segment (CO2 emission level: 149 g/km in conjunction with manual gearbox, 147 g/km in conjunction with automatic gearbox).
The Auto Start Stop function is also a standard feature in the X3 xDrive20d with manual gearbox. The car is additionally equipped with a gear shift indicator. Furthermore, the equipment featured in all model variants, which include brake energy regeneration, EPS Electric Power Steering, demand-controlled ancillary components, intelligent lightweight construction and tyres with reduced rolling resistance contribute towards lowering fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels.
The new Brabus Widestar wide version represents a custom-tailored designer suit for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. In addition to the extravagant high-tech carbon-fiber body program for the gullwing the tuner also offers ultralight forged wheels, an electronically adjustable Ride Control smooth-ride suspension, a titanium high-performance exhaust system with electronically controlled sound management and custom Brabus interiors.
To give the SLS an even more muscular appearance the Brabus designers have developed custom-tailored Brabus Widestar components for the rear axle. Like all other body components they are made from extremely light yet very strong carbon fibers identical to the ones used in Formula 1 racing. The add-on parts for the rear fenders and the rear fascia create an even more spectacular look and make room for special wheels that widen the rear track by 20 millimeters for even further improved driving dynamics.
The suspension engineers developed custom-tailored versions of the ultralight Brabus Monoblock F Platinum Edition forged wheels in sizes 9.5Jx20 in front and 11Jx21 on the rear axle for the wide version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. These wheels are available with a brushed-design or ceramics-polished surface and can also be painted in any desired color. The staggered wheels with 20- and 21-inch diameters on front and rear axles further emphasize the wedge-shaped look of the sports car.
Despite the wheels’ bigger size they deliver a weight reduction of up to 12 percent compared to the SLS production wheels. The reduced unsprung weight further results in even more agile handling. Brabus technology partners Pirelli and Yokohama supply the optimal high-performance tires in sizes 275/30 ZR 20 and 295/25 ZR 21.
The ride-height lowering by up to 30 millimeters (1.2 inches) also plays an important role in the striking appearance of the Brabus-modified SLS. The Brabus suspension is height-adjustable and was developed in cooperation with technology partner Bilstein. At the push of a button its integrated Ride Control function also offers a smoother ride than the production car. From the cockpit the driver can at any time – even while driving – switch between damper settings that offer a more comfortable or a sportier ride than the production car.
The Brabus high-performance exhaust system with four slanted exhaust tips with diameters of 84 millimeters (3.3 inches) is somewhat atypical for traditional tuning. Its sound management, controlled by the driver and activated by a pneumatic flap, includes a ‘coming home’ setting that is quieter than the production exhaust. In ’sport’ mode the 6.3-liter eight-cylinder engine produces an even more powerful exhaust note than with the production exhaust. The Brabus exhaust system is manufactured from extremely lightweight titanium and weighs 12 kilograms (26 lbs.) or 40 percent less than the production exhaust. Another welcome by-product of this exhaust is an increase in power output by 10 hp / 7.4 kW.
Melbourne, Australia—BMW will launch a new 5 Series model in November, powered by a2.0-litre diesel engine. The small and highly economic all-alloy2.0-litre turbo diesel engine joins the throng of other diesel-poweredBeemers currently available in Australia spanning it's small car,medium car, and SUV ranges.
With the advent of the new model, BMW claims that it "clearly leads the premium diesel market in Australia".
Priced at under $80,000, it's also one of the cheapest 5 Series models in Australia. Pricing is as follows:
BMW 520d: $79,900
Equipped as standard with BMW's 6-speed automatic gearbox, the 520d makes the 5 Series "accessible to an even wider range of Australianluxury car buyers" says the German company.
Standard features on the BMW 520d are nothing short of comprehensive: high-gloss wood interior trim in Bamboo grain, Poplar brown or Poplarlight, Dakota leather upholstery, Control Display with 6.5-inch colourmonitor and Radio Navigation, Bluetooth preparation, in-dash CD player (CD changer in glove box), USB/Audiointerface, dual automatic climate control, automatic anti-dazzleinterior mirror, multi-function leather steering wheel, on-boardcomputer, and electric seats.
Safety systems are also A-grade, featuring 8 airbags as standard, along with driving aids such as ABS, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Dynamic Stability Control(DSC) with ASC+T (Automatic Stability Control Plus Traction). It also gets 16-inch alloy wheels.
Powered by a 4-cylinder diesel engine, the 520doutputs 125kW @ 4000rpm and 340Nm of torque @ 1750rpm. Thesmall 4-cylinder engine provides the 5 Series with impressivepulling power thanks to a variable-geometry turbocharger.
Equippedas standard with BMW's 6-speed automatic gearbox, the 520dis accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 8.6 seconds. It's also veryefficient, one of the most efficient in its class and even rivallingsome small cars in terms of fuel usage: a mere 6.1 litres/100km on thecombined cycle.
CO2 outputs are also low, with 162g/km made possible thanks to "the combination of advanced BMW enginemanagement and the standard exhaust system particle filter".
Now, BMW firmly stamps its mark on the luxury segment with the arrival in November of the new 520d turbo-diesel sedan.
More:Sports Automatic Transmission. BMW is now offering a new sports gearboxsystem on high end 5 Series models. Priced at $1,000, the optionalextra is available on the 530i, 530d and 550i, and adds a 6-speedautomatic transmission which, at the touch of a button, changes theshifting points of the gearbox and also alters throttle response forimproved acceleration.
The Sport automatic transmission option also includes a multi-function sport leather steering wheel, featuring paddle shifters.