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BMW HP4 Race

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HP4 Race Pros & Cons

Things We Like in HP4 Race

Better power to weight ratio than nearly anything

Impressive electronics package

Moto GP bike for less

Things We Dont Like in HP4 Race

Extremely expensive

Not street legal

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The BMW HP Race rivals the Ducati 1299 Superleggera in Malaysia and was recently launched in the country a few months back. This powerful bike retails for a massive RM 520,900, excluding insurance. The HP Race is powered by a 999 cc liquid-cooled 16-valve inline-four DOHC engine that churns 215 hp and 120 Nm of output. The bike bags electronics like four ride modes (wet, intermediate, dry 1, and dry 2), 15-level traction and engine braking control, GPS, data logging joins lap timing. Limited to just 750 units, the BMW HP Race is a hand-built machine by a dedicated team in Germany. In Malaysia, the limited run of the HP Race is covered by a 2-year warranty.

 

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BMW HP4 Race Review

  • Overview
  • Design
  • Ride & Handling
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety
  • Verdict

Overview

High Performance is in the very name of this bike. Yes, that is what HP stands for. There is the normal (for lack of a better word) S1000RR and then there is the HP4 variant which is more track focused. Then there is the HP4 Race which is a limited production track weapon that is not even street legal. Launched in 2017, these bikes are painstakingly hand built by a special team in Germany and then brought here. With a limited run of just 750 motorcycles worldwide and the best in racing tech that BMW has to offer, these bikes are at the pinnacle of what can be achieved on two wheels. At the same time, they are unashamedly race focused and not for the faint hearted. Such exclusivity, technology and sophistication does not come cheap. The BMW HP4 Race is available for RM 491420. The German manufacturer faces competition from the Italians and the Japanese with the Ducati 1299 Superleggera and the Honda RC213V respectively. While the HP4 is a track only bike, the other two are road going race replicas.  

Design

While styling was never really the focus of the bike, the bike does look absolutely incredible. Since it is based on the S1000RR, it carries many of the same design elements. The aggression of the S1000RR here has been dialed up to 11. Being a track only bike, unnecessary items like the headlights have been done away with. It is only available in BMW racing colors. But the real eye candy comes from the small details and everything that has been bolted on it.  Like the fat Ohlins FGR300 Superbike World Cup front fork, Ohlins TTX36 GP rear monoshock, titanium Akraprovic WSBK race exhaust system, gigantic Brembo brakes, beefy aluminum swing arm and the carbon fiber wheels. Speaking of carbon fiber, there is very little on this bike that isn’t carbon fiber. Even the frame itself is made of carbon fiber and weighs just 7 kg. Almost everything on it then, is race derived or better. It has compact dimensions of 2070 (L) X 777 (W) X 1193 (H) mm with a wheelbase of 1440 mm. The seat height can vary between 816 and 846 mm. The bike rides on 17” wheels with 120/70 front and 200/60 Pirelli Diablo Superbike slick SC2 tires. The instrumentation uses a digital display with data logging facility.

Ride & Handling

While the engine may be hot, it is the handling package that will really blow you away. The frame is a resin molded carbon fiber monocoque that uses the engine as a stressed member. Without going into too much detail, this makes the bike weigh 8 kg less than a WSBK bike and only 3 kg more than a Moto GP bike at 160 kg. This means that the bike has an insane power to weight ratio. Then there are suspension components including the Suter developed aluminum swingarm and the fully adjustable Ohlins bits. A race bike must fit its rider and the HP4 achieves that through adjustable rearsets, rake, trail, swingarm pivot point and seat height. The seat is hard but grippy and allows a lot of movement. The windshield is big and gives good protection on straights. All this comes together with the slick tires that will keep up with the best riders on the toughest tracks. The bike is aggressive and eggs on the rider to go harder. The call to power can be answered immediately and with confidence thanks to the massively impressive electronics package that includes 15-level traction and engine braking control and four ride modes – Wet, Intermediate, Dry 1 and Dry 2. Being a race bike it also comes with pit lane speed limiter, launch control, wheelie control, spring travel and brake pressure sensors. Data logging needs are also addressed with lap timing and GPS sensor.

Engine & Fuel Consumption

The engine like everything else is also race derived. It is the same 999 cc 4 cylinder DOHC water/oil cooled engine. But here it is equipped with titanium valves, racing camshafts, milled oi sump, Pankl connecting rod and a precision balanced and lightened crankshaft. Fueling uses a racing fuel injection with variable intake pipe length and 4 different modes. It uses a 6 speed transmission with straight cut gears. All this new tech means, that the redline is now up to 14500 rpm. The power output is a massive 215 hp at 13900 rpm and the torque figure is 120 Nm at 10000 rpm. This bike is meant to reach up to 300 km/h.

Braking & Safety

Doing duty up front are dual 320 mm-diameter discs with Brembo GP4-R calipers with titanium pistons clamps driven by a Brembo RCS 19×18 master cylinder. The rear gets a 220 mm disc with a four-piston Brembo caliper with titanium pistons. The brakes of course are capable of reshaping a rider’s face. Being race friendly they need to stay sharp and without fade even after continued hard use and these are indeed perfect for the job.

Verdict

Motorcycling does not get better than a hand built Moto GP rivaling race bike. The BMW HP4 Race comes with the racing pedigree, stratospheric power and everything else needed to make that power useful. When you consider the price of its competitors, its might even seem like a bargain. Still this should be reserved for the most serious riders. It is a weapon and not a toy.  

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    Shafiq Dis 02, 2019 for BMW HP4 Race

    I was thinking of getting into professional racing and for that, I needed a super sports racing machine. When the word “race” is taken, then the first brand that comes to the mind is BMW. The automaker has recently launched the HP 4 Race edition, which is a track-focused bike. For me, it was the perfect bike. I have been Read More

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