BMW Malaysia has formally introduced the all-new 2023 BMW M 1000 R for the Malaysian market more than six months after its global introduction back in October.
- The M 1000 R makes 205hp and 112Nm.
- Features wider handlebar, taller peak torque and unique electronic package.
- The roadster/hypernaked machine is the second M-branded motorcycle introduced by BMW after the M 1000 RR.
While the M 1000 R makes used of the M 1000 RR 999cc powertrain, the engine has been reworked to provide a higher peak torque from 10,000rpm to 12,000rpm. As a result, the engine is now quieter and with a higher redline of 14,600rpm, well over the S 1000 R’s 12,000rpm limit.
The M 1000 R also features shorter gear ratios in 4th, 5th and 6th gear and shorter rear sprocket than the S 1000 R. Also fitted as standard on the M 1000 R is BMWs Shift Assistant Pro, allowing an up-and-down clutchless shifts and can be adjusted from conventional gear to GP gear.
Electronically, the M 1000 R gets several riding modes including Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race with the addition of track-centric Race Pro 1, Race Pro 2 and Race Pro 3. Other electronic features inlcude Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with 6-axis sensor and lean angle sensor. The DTC package includes wheelie-limitation function, pit lane limiter, launch control and hill-start control (HSC).
Of course, the most notable aspect of the new M 1000 R is the existence of aero winglets on the side panels. BMW claimed that the winglets are not purely for aesthetic purposes but also adds 10kg of downforce at 218km/h.
The M 1000 R is suspended by an all-black 45mm upside-down fork (preload/compression/rebound adjustable) with 119mm of travel and a rear shock with 116mm of travel. In addition, BMW also threw in the Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) (electronic suspension) as standard.
Braking is done with twin 320mm steel disc mated to a 4-pot callipers up front and single 220mm steel disc with aluminium single-piston floating callipers at the rear. That said, ABS Pro comes as standard including Brake Slide Assist that allow riders to slide the M 1000 R into the turns.
Meanwhile, information is delivered to the rider via a 6.4-inch TFT instrument display with customizable display options.
The 2023 BMW M 1000 R is arrives in Sole Lightwhite and M Motorsport colour scheme.