2021 BMW S 1000 R Debuts With New Looks And Upgraded Tech

BMW Motorrad has introduced the redesigned S 1000 R which features sportier styling, improved technology and a “newly developed” engine.

Looking far more modern, the 2021 S 1000 R eschews the asymmetrical headlights used on its predecessor. They’re replaced by stacked LED lighting units which should prove less controversial.

BMW S 1000 R

The bike also has revised styling as well as new taillights and turn signals which use LED technology. An assortment of options will be available including an M package which reduces weight by up to 8.1 lbs (3.7 kg) when ordered in conjunction with carbon fiber wheels.

Besides the styling changes, the model adopts a so-called “Flex Frame” which is lighter and narrower around the knee contact area. BMW says this allows for better freedom of movement as well as a more relaxed riding position. Other notable highlights include a lighter exhaust, a relocated spring strut and a swingarm based on the found on the S 1000 RR.

BMW S 1000 R

On the tech side of things, there’s a new 6.5-inch digital instrument cluster. BMW says it’s customizable and has been designed to offer good readability even under difficult lighting conditions. The display also supports app-based navigation via a Bluetooth connection.

Power is provided by a four-cylinder engine that develops 163 hp (121 kW / 165 PS) and 84 lb-ft (114 Nm) of torque. While the output is unchanged, BMW said the new engine is 11 lbs (5 kg) lighter and offers better mid-range power.

Furthermore, the 2021 S 1000 R has longer ratios in 4th, 5th and 6th gear. The company says this helps to reduce noise and fuel consumption as well as engine speeds when cruising.

BMW S 1000 R

Lastly, the bike can be equipped with an optional engine drag torque control system for the first time. BMW says it “prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting thanks to being electronically controlled.”

The 2021 BMW S 1000 R will arrive at German dealerships in May and pricing starts €14,368.40. There’s no word on when it will land in the United States, but it’s predecessor starts at $14,995.

Source: carscoops

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