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BMW HP4 Race debuts in China

21 April 2017

For 2017, BMW Motorrad has launched the 2017 BMW Motorrad HP4 Race, meant to be the lightest, most high-tech, race weapon.

BMW is giving a select few the opportunity to experience a factory-racing bike in customer-spec form with the new HP4 Race bike, which will be limited to just 750 copies.

At the heart of the motorcycle is a racing engine similar to specifications 6.2 and 7.2 as in the Endurance and Superbike World Championships. The HP4 RACE also has a 300-rpm higher rev limit over the S 1000 RR; the HP4 revs to 14,500 rpm. The mill is mated to a six-speed close-ratio racing gearbox.

Also included are a programmable pit lane speed limiter and launch control for flawless starts, all controlled via a 2D dashboard with a 2D logger giving you transferable data memory. Also available is a 2D data logger.

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The HP4 Race gets Ohlins FGR 300 WSBK forks with adjustable rebound and compression-stage damping with adjustable preload with 130mm travel at the front and Ohlins TTX 36 GP central spring strut, adjustable rebound and compression-stage damping with Aluminium WSBK swinging arm with 120mm travel at the rear.

According to the maker, it's the first production motorcycle with a monocoque frame made entirely of carbon fibre, weighing just 7.8 kilograms, allied to a carbon-fibre subframe with three-way adjustment for seat height and carbon-fibre wheels. Race-ready and fueled up, the bike weighs 171 kg. The wheels are carbon, too, saving 30 per cent even against lightweight forged alloy units; a factor that should help make the HP4 Race insanely flickable even at high speed.

Same goes for the two Brembo GP4 PR monoblock calipers, which, in conjunction with 6.75 mm thick 320 mm T-type racing steel brakes ensures excellent brake performance.

This ultra exclusive BMW superbike made its global debut today. Coming only in BMW Motorsport racing colours, there is no word on pricing for the 2017 BMW HP4 Race, but we can safely assume, based on the "standard" HP4's previously published price of around RM145,000, this limited race machine is not going to be cheap.

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The electronic control and assistance systems of the HP4 Race are also focused for race use. This includes Dynamic Traction Control, Engine Brake EBR, and Wheelie Control. The carbon fibre tail can be adjusted to three levels.

BMW hasn't officially released price information for this fantastic machine, but word is it goes for £68,000 in the UK.

Weight-Optimized electrical system featuring light lithium-ion battery with 5 Ah.

Production run of 750 units, each individually crafted.

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BMW HP4 Race debuts in China