Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 BMW 640d Coupe | Auto Insurance Information |

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Now in its third generation, the new BMW 6-Series Coupé takes the luxury 2+2 concept a step further by matching enhanced comfort and elegant design with sporting performance on a even higher level. The BMW 6-Series Coupé features a sweeping coupé roofline while the long bonnet, short over-hangs, set-back passenger compartment with Hofmeister kink, long wheelbase and flat waistline embody the typical proportions of a BMW coupé more than any other model.

Two exceptional BMW turbocharged petrol engines and a twin turbocharged diesel powerplant, a newly developed chassis and a host of class-leading driver assistance technology ensure that the new BMW 6-Series Coupé is full of substance, while interior space and comfort have been enhanced.

The new BMW 6-Series Coupé features a long sweeping bonnet, set-back passenger compartment and flowing roof-line. Its now traditional BMW "shark nose", with a large, forward-slanted BMW kidney grille, broad air intakes, wide, contoured bonnet and muscular wheel arches, allude to the powerful engine beneath. Inspired by the movement of water, the fluid lines of the car combine with the subtly curved surfaces to create a look of athletic elegance, which together with the 74mm increase in length and 5mm lower height creates a powerful stance.

Character lines stretching the full length of the body define the side view of the BMW 6-Series Coupé. The long, flat bonnet elongates the silhouette while the roof sweeps down in one fluid line, combining with the main body effortlessly, in an elegant coupé fashion, while the frameless doors and chrome side window border emphasise the tight lines of the typically BMW Hofmeister kink.

From the rear, bulging wheel arches and horizontal lines highlight the wide track of the new BMW 6-Series Coupé, alluding to its sporting performance and impressive road holding. Two-part rear light clusters give the typical BMW L-shape lights a particularly sporty, dynamic edge. Inside the units, two LED-powered light strips create a striking night-time look. The rear indicators and brake lights also use LED units.

Longer, lower and wider, the new car is larger in every dimension than its predecessor except height, where it now stands half a centimetre closer to the ground. At 4,894mm in length, the new model is 74mm longer than its predecessor, while the wheelbase has stretched similarly, to 2,855mm. The car has also grown by 39mm in width, and now measures 1,894mm across, while 5mm have been shaved off its height.

As standard the new BMW 6-Series Coupé is equipped with xenon headlights that have BMW's familiar double corona look while high-quality chrome elements, such as the fog lamps consisting of a string of three LED units, on the outer edges of the front apron accentuate the width of the car.

Optional Adaptive LED Headlights are available for the first time and provide a bright white light, similar to natural daylight, with low beam and high beam LED light rings. Horizontal LED ribs are positioned in the centre of the light rings ensuring BMW's hallmark twin round headlight look is expressed in a strikingly fresh way. More than just style over substance, the Adaptive LED lights automatically pivot and adjust to the line of the corner depending on the car's speed, steering angle and yaw rate to provide the best visibility possible for the driver.

The interior: made to measure luxury for four
Despite its lower height, the new 2+2 BMW 6-Series Coupé offers greater headroom in both the front and the rear, and height adjustment of the driver and front passenger seats now cover a greater range too. The individual rear sets also provide passengers with additional shoulder and elbow room, making for more comfortable cruising.

The front passenger area is bordered by a surface curving elegantly from the armrest over the side edge of the centre console, upwards and outwards into the instrument panel and then horizontally into the door trim, surrounding the front passenger area with a feeling of exclusive security.

In tune with the rest of the car's optimised performance and greater comfort, the new BMW 6-Series Coupé is fitted with newly developed lightweight seats with an integrated seatbelt system and Easy Entry function to the rear passenger compartment: a brief tap of a switch automatically moves the seat as far forward as possible. Sports seats and Comfort seats can be fitted as an option too. The boot can accommodate 460 litres of luggage, equivalent to three 46-inch golf bags or two medium hard-shell cases and a flight case. To utilise the rear space further the rear seats can be specified with a through-loading ski hatch, allowing two pairs of skis to be transported with ease.

The new BMW 6-Series Coupé is available with two petrol engines and one diesel engine: the 650i, 640i and 640d respectively.

The world's sportiest diesel engine is a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged in-line six-cylinder unit producing 313hp at 4,400rpm and 630Nm of torque from only 1,500rpm with the help of variable geometry turbocharging. The BMW 640d Coupé is capable of accelerating from zero to 62mph in 5.5seconds before topping out at an electronicallylimited top speed of 155mph.

It achieves this performance courtesy of sequential turbochargers, one smaller than the other, that provide a near continuous wave of torque from low revs. A complex arrangement of waste gates in the exhaust ensure the smooth transition from one turbo to another as the revs increase. The BMW 640d Coupé is fitted as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Auto Start-Stop and active air flaps behind the kidney grille. Such engineering expertise is the reason why the model offers rapid performance but can still achieve 51.4mpg on the combined cycle and record CO2 emissions of 145g/km.

The 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine in the new BMW 650i Coupé is unique in that the brace of turbochargers are positioned in the V-shaped area between the cylinder banks. This design results in more efficient packaging and greater engine efficiency. A maximum 407hp is developed between 5,500 and 6,400rpm, with peak torque of 600Nm available between 1,750 and 4,500rpm.

The new BMW 650i Coupé sprints from zero to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed electronically limited to 155mph. For a model of such blistering performance and refinement, it is also extraordinarily efficient, with average combined fuel consumption of 26.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 246g/km.

The six-cylinder in-line engine in the new BMW 640i Coupé uses single turbocharger technology alongside petrol direct injection with VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control. This enables the 3.0-litre unit to develop a maximum 320hp at 5,800rpm and maximum torque of 450Nm between 1,300 and 4,500rpm. This engine propels the BMW 640i Coupé from zero to 62mph in 5.4 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Perhaps even more remarkable are its efficiency figures. The BMW 640i Coupé achieves 36.2mpg on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are only 181g/km, proving that at BMW luxurious sporting performance does not come at the expense of economy. Indeed, this model, like the 640d, is fitted as standard with an automatic transmission that features Auto Start-Stop technology and an automatic active air flap control behind the car's kidney grille for optimum engine performance.

Fuel saving technology called ECO PRO mode is offered on the 6-Series. By a touch of the Drive Dynamic Control button ECO PRO mode tweaks the engine management system, accelerator mapping and gear-shift characteristics to favour a relaxed, lowrevving driving style. At the same time, power usage for electronically operated functions such as climate control is regulated to ensure maximum efficiency. A display on the instrument cluster keeps the driver informed of the levels of energy efficiency being achieved to encourage an economical driving style.

As with all BMWs, the new 6-Series Coupé comes with a raft of BMW EfficientDynamics measures to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. In addition to the features highlighted on the 640i Coupé and 640d Coupé, all models have technology such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering (EPS), the need-based operation of ancillary components and intelligent lightweight construction to ensure maximum efficiency as standard.

An eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox is standard fitment on all three models, and its wide range of ratios offer a perfect balance of muscular, sprinting performance, refined high speed cruising and low speed efficiency.

The newly developed chassis of the new BMW 6-Series Coupé comes as standard with Drive Dynamic Control, which allows drivers to choose how responsive they want the gearbox, steering and throttle to be, while the Adaptive Drive system is available as an option with electrically controlled dampers and anti-roll stabilisation.

Both the double wishbone front axle and the integral rear axle are made predominantly from aluminium. The chassis set-up is geared to the requirements of drivers looking for a sporting character, although the dampers also respond sensitively to bumps in the road surface under high lateral acceleration.

In addition to the standard electromechanical power steering, another unique feature in this segment is the optional Integral Active Steering system. This system combines Active Steering for the front axle with a steering rear axle, allowing the steering angle and power assistance to be controlled at both the front and the rear with the help of electric motors. This precisely harmonised system offers extraordinary agility in dynamic driving situations, while allowing for an impressively deft touch around twisty mountain passes and in city traffic.

Pricing and specification including M Sport for the first time
The new BMW 6-Series Coupé comes with the highest ever level of standard specification on a Six. Standard for the 640i Coupé and 640d Coupé are 18-inch light alloy wheels, while the 650i Coupé comes as standard with a 19-inch light alloy wheel. All derivatives feature Dakota leather upholstery, eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, electric seat adjustment with memory, BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system, Xenon headlights, LED front fog lights and front and rear Park Distance Control to name but a few of the standard specification highlights.

The BMW 6-Series Coupé is now available in M Sport specification. The M Sport package adds the M aerodynamic bodystyling package, 19-inch M light alloy wheels, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim and black brake callipers. Inside Anthracite headlining, Aluminium Hexagon trim, Sport seats and M Sport multi-function leather rimmed steering wheel are fitted.

At the same time as M Sport and the 640d derivative come to the UK for the Coupé, the 6-Series Convertible can now also be specified with M Sport.

Optional equipment
Includes Surround-view, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Parking Assist, Lane Change Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, Speed Limit Display and, still unique in the segment, Head-up Display.

Most advanced audio system ever to grace a BMW offered
Exclusively developed as an option for the new BMW 6-Series, the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System produces an exceptionally natural sound from 16 speakers distributed around the cabin. Jointly developed by the Danish audio specialists and BMW, the superb sound system, comprising of two bass speakers, seven mid-range speakers and seven tweeters, all with individual amplifiers, uses Dirac Dimensions technology to recreate the acoustics of a reference listening room. This allows all passengers to enjoy the same outstanding sound quality regardless of where they are sitting.

In addition a number of other options, exclusive to the premium luxury segment, can be specified such as Surround-view, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Parking Assist, Lane Change Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, and Speed Limit Display. The new BMW 6-Series Coupé is also the only car in its segment to be available with a Head-up Display. The latest generation Head-up Display system uses a broader palette of colours and three-dimensional graphics to create an even sharper image.

Prices (UK)

    * BMW 650i SE Coupé: £67,340
    * BMW 650i M Sport Coupé: £71,840
    * BMW 640i SE Coupé: £59,565
    * BMW 640i M Sport Coupé: £64,230
    * BMW 640d SE Coupé: £62,080
    * BMW 640d Coupé M Sport: £66,745

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The 2011 Geneva Motor Show will see the world premier of the BMW ActiveE Concept. Based on the current BMW 1-Series Coupé, the BMW ActiveE is the second electric test vehicle to be created by the BMW Group.

With four seats and a luggage compartment of 200 litres, the BMW ActiveE is the first electric vehicle from the BMW Group to combine the space and comfort of a traditionally powered BMW with a fully electric drivetrain. Intelligent packaging ensures that the driver and all three passengers have the same head, leg and shoulder room as they would in a standard BMW 1-Series Coupé.

At the heart of the BMW ActiveE is a powerful electric synchronous motor which propels the car from zero to 60mph in just nine seconds, delivering 168hp and maximum torque of 250Nm, from a standing start. While its top speed is electronically limited to 90mph. The BMW ActiveE maintains the dynamic driving style that is typical of a BMW, with a low centre of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution to enhance traction and power transfer of the high torque.

Replacing the engine block, transmission and fuel tank are three large energy storage units containing lithium-ion cells, developed in conjunction with SB LiMotive. These modules are protected by a steel-plate battery housing with integrated liquid cooling system, to keep the batteries at optimum operating temperature helping to increase the range. These housings also help to ensure that the BMW ActiveE meets the same stringent safety standards as the BMW 1-Series Coupé, meeting and exceeding the levels legislated.

The BMW ActiveE is engineered so that when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator pedal the motor becomes a generator and feeds the electricity created from kinetic energy back into the vehicle battery, while at the same time braking torque is created, slowing the vehicle down. This recuperation of energy can increase the range by up to 20 per cent.

For the first time in a BMW Group electric vehicle the BMW ActiveE features an 'intermediate position' for the accelerator pedal that results in the car's own kinetic energy being used to move forward, without consuming energy from the batteries. In essence it is a 'gliding' mode. With previous electric vehicles when the accelerator lifts the car automatically starts to brake. To further increase the range of the BMW ActiveE ECO PRO Mode can be selected whereby the drive configuration and comfort functions are modified to use less energy and facilitate a more efficient driving style. In ECO PRO mode the heating and air conditioning system are programmed to use less energy and the accelerator demands less power with the same travel.

The BMW ActiveE retains the dynamic looks of the traditionally powered BMW 1-Series Coupé but with circuit inspired graphics, a scoop in the bonnet and a closed rear apron, with no exhaust pipes, to distinguish it. Inside Pearl Grey Dakota leather seats with Blue contrasting seams, along with a revised instrument cluster are the main indicators of the electric drivetrain. Instead of the traditional fuel gauge and rev counters the dials show the level of charge left in the battery and the amount of energy being used and recuperated.

The BMW ActiveE is not dependent on a specific energy source and so can be charged using 32-ampere wallbox in five hours, or overnight from a conventional domestic socket. This allows greater flexibility allowing the car to be charged wherever there is an electricity supply.

Starting in 2011, a test fleet of over 1,000 BMW ActiveE vehicles will be trialed in the USA, Europe and China and will provide valuable insights into the everyday use of the electric vehicle. The knowledge and insights gained from the field trials of the BMW ActiveE will be fed back for the future development of the Megacity Vehicle, due to go into production in 2013. BMW UK will be leasing BMW ActiveEs to select customers.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

BMW Insurance Information G650GS Sertão 2012

2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão 
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2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão.

Named for a dry backlands region of northeastern Brazil, the 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão adds longer-travel suspension and wire-spoke wheels to make it a more capable machine for off-road adventure riding.

The Sertão’s 41mm fork offers over 210mm of travel compared to the regular G650GS’ 170mm. The rear suspension also offers 210mm of travel, compared to 165mm of travel on the base G650GS. The Sertão also has a longer wheelbase at 1484mm, compared to the regular model’s 1477mm.

The G650GS’ cast alloy wheels get swapped for wire spoke wheels with a larger front rim (21 inches vs. 19 inches). The larger wheel and adjusted suspension gives the G650GS Sertão a seat height of 860mm (33.9 inches) compared to the base model’s 800mm (31.5 inches). BMW is also offering a 900mm (35.4 inches) accessory seat for added height.

Other upgrades include a high windscreen, aluminum engine guard, hand protectors and a longer front wheel cover. BMW also gave the Sertão an Aura White and Arroyo Blue color scheme.

Powering the Sertão is the same 652cc Single of the base G650GS, claiming 48hp and 44 ft-lb.


There’s now a more off-road leaning version of the popular G 650 GS, and we’ll see it in Australia in the first quarter of 2012

BMW Motorrad has added what it calls a “new sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family” with the release of the G 650 GS Sertão.

Using the competent and well-liked – but relatively unexciting – G 650 GS as the donor bike, the Sertão looks set to be even more go-getting with wire-spoked wheels, longer travel suspension and more ground clearance.

But the 652cc single-cylinder engine remains unchanged, delivering 48hp (35kW) at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 60Nm at 5000rpm. Options include output reduction to 34hp (25kW) at 6500rpm and 47Nm at 4500rpm.

The wire-spoked wheels, with light alloy rims, are 21-inch (front) and 17-inch, and the rear wheel is skinnier than the standard GS’s.

And suspension travel is now 210mm at both ends for the Sertão, compared to the 170/165 mix for the GS, which should give it even more trail riding scope.

There are two seat heights – the standard 860mm of special accessory 900mm. Other standard features include a luggage carrier, high windscreen, hand protectors, aluminium engine guard.

Heated hand grips now form part of the special equipment on offer; alongside disengageable ABS, an alarm system and charging socket. Special accessories include a top case, and the colour will be Aero White/Arroyo Blue.

Price is still to be announced, but the bike should be available in the first quarter of 2012.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 BMW S1000RR Motorcycle Insurance Information

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Scarcely two years after the launch in 2009, BMW Motorrad is now presenting the revised model of this successful supersports bike, now with many optimised details. The primary objectives were even greater riding precision and agility, a punchier power buildup, and a more sensitive response. The revised model of the S 1000 RR has incorporated quite a few feedback reports from national super stock races.

Like its predecessor, the new RR knows no compromise, providing the highest level of sporting character and riding dynamics. The convincing features of the new S 1000 RR are its improved handling with absolute riding stability, supreme engine performance with perfect everyday practicality, and a resounding dynamic performance. The highest level of active safety is safeguarded by the most advanced brake system today on the market, the BMW Motorrad Race ABS. When accelerating, the rider is supported by the Dynamic Traction Control system DTC. Both of these systems have been optimised for the perfect interaction.

There have been no changes to the superior engine power of 142 kW (193 hp) with a weight of only 204 kilograms including 90% fuel (206.5 weight with Race ABS).

Concept with optimised riding dynamics.

One of the primary objectives pursued for the revised S 1000 RR model was to improve ridability by boosting thrust and enhancing the linearity and harmoniousness of the power and torque curves. The reconfigured throttle improves overall response.

The new, optimised design raises response sensitivity, tightens the twistgrip angle, and reduces the twisting force.

Suspension with improved handling and feedback.

The modifications to the new RR suspension have been instrumental in boosting its riding dynamics. For instance, the upside down fork and the spring strut feature a new internal structure, providing an even wider range of damping forces from comfort to performance.

Moreover, the suspension geometry has been modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length to yield even better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback for the new S 1000 RR. This has required modifications to the main frame that also included enlarging the cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency. This package of suspension optimisations is rounded off by an adjustable mechanical steering damper.

Instrument cluster with new functions.

The engine speed display has been redesigned for better readability. In addition, the display can now be dimmed and provides more functions. For instance, the lap timer can now present “Best lap in progress”, and if required, “Speedwarning” can inform the rider when he exceeds a particular speed.

Refined design and new colours.

The new S 1000 RR not only benefits from the advanced developments for the engine, suspension, and cockpit. It has also gained yet another step ahead in terms of design. The tail section now presents a considerably leaner look. There have been some discrete changes to the asymmetrical side panels, and the centre airbox cover now sports side aperture grilles. On the top part of the panels, a new, telling identifying feature takes the form of two winglets that enhance the aerodynamic qualities.

In the most sporting colour combination of Racing red and Alpine white, the RR exudes power and speed even when it is stationary, whereas plain Bluefire lends it a decidedly extravagant look.

Sporty dynamics is conveyed by Sapphire black metallic, and in BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours, the new S 1000 RR testifies to its direct relationship with BMW Motorrad Motorsport. The distinctive RR logo has been slightly modified.

Additional visual accents take the form of wheels painted in glossy black and the red spring in the central strut. The matching swing arm either presents an anodised coating or is kept in black.

Also the ergonomics has been improved in the form of new heel plates for the rider. The stabilisers on the passenger footrests have now been designed for a leaner look.

Extended range of optional extra and special equipment.

For individualising the new S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad is expanding its range of optional extras and special equipment ex works with a number of attractive features. Riders with a particularly sporty bent can now equip their RR with an HP titanium exhaust system (with or without ABE) or the HP race data logger. Also the heated grips offering two levels and fitted as optional extra can take the bite out of the early morning run on the racetrack or longer rides in cold weather.

2012 BMW S1000RR Model Highlights

The new features of the 2012 BMW S1000RR at a glance:

• Optimised torque curve for improved ridability.
• Expansion from two to three performance curves (one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode now 120 kW (163 hp).
• Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race, and Slick modes).
• Reduced twisting force and tighter twistgrip angle.
• Smaller secondary ratio for boosted thrust.
• Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
• Enlarged cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency.
• Better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback.
• Revised spring elements for an even wider range of damping forces.
• Suspension geometry modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length.
• New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
• Forged and milled fork bridge in a new design and with a smaller offset.
• Revised design with a leaner tail section, redesigned side panels, centre airbox cover with side aperture grilles, and winglets.
• For new colour variants: plain Racing Red with Alpine white, Bluefire, Sapphire black metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours.
• Revised RR logo.
• New heel plates and leaner stabilisers on the passenger footrests.
• Redesigned LCD engine speed display for better readability and with five dimming levels.
• Instrument cluster with the new functions “Best lap in progress” and “Speedwarning”; deactivation of “Lamp” fault message when headlamp or number plate carrier removed.
• Catalytic converters relocated, so no heat shield necessary.
• Expansion to the optional extras and special equipment ex works.

2012 BMW S1000RR Features and Benefits


Just as before, the S 1000 RR sports the water cooled four cylinder inline engine of solely 59.8 kg delivering a top power output of 142 kW (193 hp) at 13,000 rpm and a top engine speed of 14,200 rpm. The max torque of 112 Nm is reached at 9750 rpm.
Reconfigured throttle for improved overall response.

The primary objective in this next level of development for the new RR was to target the powertrain for combining the outstanding engine power with even greater ridability. To this end, the throttle was first reconfigured in engine control. To date, engine control consisted of four individual throttle curves for each of the Rain, Sport, Race, and Slick modes. For the new RR, these have been reduced to two: a characteristic curve for a particularly gentle and sensitive throttle in Rain mode, and a second for immediately direct and spontaneous response in the Sport, Race, and Slick modes. Following this measure, the rider now no longer needs to adjust to the constantly changing throttle characteristics when switching frequently between Sport, Race, and Slick modes. At the same time, this also served to optimise the load change behaviour.

For particularly sensitive and fast regulation, the throttle valve now features a supporting spring with a low spring rate that reduces the actuating force. And the twisting angle is now considerably smaller on the new twistgrip throttle.

Optimised power and torque curves and lower secondary ratio.

The higher priority objective of the best possible ridability also included the optimisation of the power and torque curves.

Three new power curves have been defined: one each for the Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for the Race and Slick modes (in contrast to earlier, when there was one for the Rain mode and a second for the Sport, Race and Slick modes). With an eye to improving acceleration and thrust properties, we have reduced the secondary ratio from its former 17:44 to its present 17:45.

In Rain mode, the new S 1000 RR now delivers 120 kW (163 hp), or 8 kW (11 hp) more than previously. In Sport, Race, and Slick modes, the RR can still deliver a top power output of 142 kW (193 hp), but the power could be significantly raised especially in the lower speed range between 5000 and 7500 rpm. The result is essentially more linear and punchier engine characteristics.

Also the torque curves have been redefined for the purpose of improved ridability. So the new RR now offers three different torque curves (previously two): one each for the Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick. All four modes benefit from the greater harmony and linearity of the torque curve. In addition, the new S 1000 RR delivers in all four modes a considerably greater torque in the 5000–7500 rpm range. And particularly in Rain mode, the RR offers considerably improved ridability. Whereas the torque curve for the predecessor model virtually plateaued from 4500 rpm, the new engine now revs up more freely, and the curve rises to over 9000 rpm.

New combustion control in the overrun phase.

For uncompromising sporting characteristics with treadless tyres on the racetrack, Slick mode has been reconfigured for enhanced performance. This involved a series of modifications to the characteristic map for overrun phase combustion that effectively eliminated permanent overrun fuel cutoff. Now, overrun phase combustion control converts braking torque and engine drag torque into an optimised retarding torque on the rear wheel. The result is even greater riding and directional stability during braking and turning.

Modified stainless steel exhaust system and optimised intake air guide.

The all stainless steel exhaust system on the S 1000 RR features a redesigned catalytic converter and front pipes. Fitted previously in the front pipes, the catalytic cartridges are now integrated in the front silencer. The interactions between the 20% larger cross section of the intake air guide in the steering head, the modified airbox, the new bellmouth geometry, and modified engine application all served to increase the torque as described above. These modifications to the exhaust system now eliminate the need for the heat shield installed previously on the oil sump.

Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with enhanced control performance.

When unveiled in 2009, the S 1000 RR was the first series supersports bike in the world to combine Race ABS with Dynamic

Traction Control (DTC). The fact that BMW Motorrad could implement these two technologies with such ease proved to be so convincing that nearly 100% of the vehicles leaving production are fitted with these two systems. Both systems have seen continued optimisations in the course of technical advances.

Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) is a rider assist system with a lean angle sensor that supports the rider and provides him with that extra safety on roads with compromised coefficients of friction. Following the laws of physics, it regulates the transferred drive torque, preventing the rear wheel from spinning in nearly all situations.

For the new RR, modifications have been made to reflect the new geometry, and wheelie detection has been optimised. When wheelie detection engages, the throttle valves now open much more gently. Moreover, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) has been optimised for greater riding and control performance in the Race and Slick modes.

The new DTC application is based on the BMW Race Power Kit for better transparency during highly sporty manoeuvres on the racetrack. The experienced rider can therefore achieve faster lap times.


The S 1000 RR boasts innovative suspension technology for the highest level of supersports performance. The refinements made to the suspension have focused particularly on enhancing agility, handling, and inclined stability. In addition, the modifications lead to greater suspension reserves and an enhanced feeling for all situations and the threshold level. In short, the new RR feels even lighter and more manoeuvrable, but without sacrifice to riding stability.

New suspension geometry for better handling and greater steering accuracy.

The new S 1000 RR features a modified frame with a new steering head and tail section. Besides new key figures for the geometry there is also a 20% larger cross section of the intake air guide in the steering head. The steering head angle is now 66° instead of the earlier 66.1°. The wheelbase has now been shortened by 9.3 mm to 1422.7 mm, and the afterrun has been lengthened by 2.6 mm to 98.5 mm. The fork bridge offset (front end) is now 2.5 mm shorter at 29.5 mm. In addition, the fork projection is 5 mm shorter than in the predecessor model. These modifications also included revisions to the steering head bearing for a lower breakaway torque and hence greater steering precision.

Redesigned spring elements for a wider range of applications.

The new spring elements now allow a wider range of suspension configurations between comfortable for the road and tight for the racetrack. As before, the suspension can be configured quickly and easily at the clearly defined scales on the spring elements. The new suspension adjustment now benefits riders on both country roads and the racetrack. Internal friction has been minimised on the fork and spring strut. This has resulted in a considerably optimised response, and the rider can now recognise the threshold level with far greater ease.

Upside down fork with new inner workings.

To date, the upside down fork on the S 1000 RR was fitted with bottom valve damping. Now featuring a mid speed damping valve, the fork can now utilise additional force at the working piston to build up compression damping with greater speed and precision.

Also, the constant flow area has been reduced for improved feedback from the front section. The piston rod guide and the bearing concept have been revised for a better, more transparent response.

New spring strut with revised damping.

The central spring strut now features a piston rod whose diameter has been increased from 14 to 18 mm, allowing more oil to flow through the low/mid speed valve. Here too, the reduction to the constant flow area increases the rate and precision of compression damping buildup.

At the same time, the needle geometry has been modified on both valves and now allows a highly linear buildup of damping force over the whole range of settings. All in all, these modifications to the buildup of damping forces greatly enhance the effects and feelings conveyed by each configuration.

A check valve installed in the piston rod counteracts any negative effects on compression damping when the rebound is being set.

Also the spring strut now presents a smaller constant flow area for improved feedback.

Overall, the new RR offers considerably greater ride comfort at the same time as greater feedback and dynamics.

Race ABS with fine tuning and clear feedback.

The Race ABS on the S 1000 RR has been developed specifically and exclusively for the requirements on the supersports segment.

For the new RR, it has been adapted to the new suspension geometry and now provides optimised control performance. An adaptive learner, it recognises the requirements even of highly experienced riders and detects diverse road conditions and tyres.

By pressing the lever, the rider receives feedback from the Race ABS as to when the traction limit will be exceeded and the control range reached. The rider feels controller feedback as a slight pulsing in the brake levers.
New mechanical adjustable steering damper.

Unlike its predecessor, the RR now features a mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels. This allows the rider to choose the configuration best suited to his riding style.

New coated swing arm and new swing arm bearing bush.

Depending on the S 1000 RR paintwork, the rear wheel swing arm is either anodised or provided with a black, cathodic dip coating in lieu of the earlier Ostra grey paint.

The swing arm bearing bush in the frame's tail section is now secured in place with the one screw (instead of two as in the predecessor model) at a position 4 mm higher for the full effect of the optimised suspension geometry.

New heel plates.

The heel plates have been redesigned for the optimal ergonomics. The stabilisers on the passenger footrests have also been redesigned.

Fork bridge in a new design.

The forged and milled top fork bridge for the RR now presents a new design as a visual constituent of the cockpit always in view of the rider. The fork bridge offset is now 2.5 mm shorter at 29.5 mm.

Electrics and Electronics

Redesigned rev counter and dimmable LCD display.

The rev counter has been redesigned for better readability. The LCD display now offers five dimming levels and provides a number of additional interesting functions. The display now presents a symbol representing the new heated grips available as optional equipment ex works.

“Best lap in progress” for the racetrack.

The integrated lap timer now displays “Best lap in progress”. When on the racetrack, the rider can then see in real time (100 m intervals) whether his present lap is faster or slower than his fastest lap so far. This provides invaluable assistance to riders with sporting ambitions. On every lap, the current lap time is compared with the “Best lap” time. When the current time is better, the

“Best lap in progress” (BLP) lamp lights up green. When the time is slower, the BLP lamp goes out.

“Speedwarning” function for everyday support.

The function “Speedwarning” signals to the rider when he exceeds a particular speed he has defined. When the speed limit is exceeded, the shift lamp lights up and the word “SPEED” appears on the display.

Option for deactivating the lamp fault display.

For racing without a headlamp or number plate carrier (direction indicators), the lamp fault display now presents a deactivation option that disables this fault symbol.

Body and Design

Highest dynamics, functionality, and unmistakability in design.

The lightness the new S 1000 RR conveys when running is also reflected in the look of greater dynamics presented by this highly dedicated sports bike.

Immediately conspicuous is the far leaner tail section. The centre airbox cover sports new side aperture grilles. The asymmetrical side panels so characteristic of the RR, with gills on the right and air outlet on the left, have experienced some discreet refinements in their design.

These are joined by the new air deflectors, the so called winglets. These not only lend the new RR its look of greater dynamics, but also boost its aerodynamics by dissipating the wind pressure on hands and arms at high speeds.

Range of Equipment

For even greater individualisation of the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad offers an extensive range of optional accessories and optional equipment ex works. Special equipment is delivered directly ex works and is integrated in the production process. Special accessories are installed at BMW Motorrad dealerships. The motorcycle can therefore be fitted with options after it has left the factory.

The equipment options already available for the S 1000 RR have now been supplemented with the following.

Optional Extras.
o Heated grips with two levels.

Special equipment.
o HP titanium exhaust system street legal / non-street legal.
o HP winglets of CRP.
o HP race data logger with GPS.

This offer is rounded off with the familiar, high quality collection of rider´s gear, HP parts and the HP race parts designed specifically for the S 1000 RR.
o HP race power kit.
o HP race calibration kit.
o HP race cover kit.
o HP race shift pattern reversal.
o HP race footrest plate.

In addition, BMW Motorrad HP Race Support assists all customers who want to use their RR at a higher professional level on the racetrack.


New colour concept for sporty dynamics.

The colour concept for the S 1000 RR plays with the contrasts presented by the black bridge frame, the filigree wheels with glossy black paint, and the stubby rear silencer of stainless steel. The look of sporty dynamics is underscored by the two arm swinging fork with anodised or black cathodic dip coating. On all colour variants, the red spring in the central strut provides an additional visual accent.

The new RR will be offered in four colour variants. In the particularly sporty colour combination of Racing red and Alpine white, the S 1000 RR exudes power and speed even when it is stationary, whereas Bluefire underscores the extravagance of the supersports bike. Sporty dynamics is borne up by Sapphire black metallic, and the BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours, which testifies to the direct relationship with BMW Motorrad Motorsport.

The distinctive RR logo has been slightly modified.

North American Specifications/Technical Details

Capacity 999cc
Bore/stroke mm 80/49.7
Output kW/hp 142kW / 193hp
At engine speed rpm 13,000
Torque 112Nm
At engine speed rpm 9750
Type Water cooled straight 4-cylinder engine
Compression/fuel 13:1/min. premium unleaded (95 RON)
Valve actuation DOHC (double overhead camshaft) valve actuation over individual rocker arms below
Valves per cylinder 4
Intake/exhaust Ø mm 33.5/27.2
Throttle valve diameter mm 48
Carburetion Electronic fuel injection, digital motor electronics BMS-KP
Emission control Two regulated three-way catalytic converters, EU-3

Electrical system
Alternator W 350
Battery V/Ah 12/10, maintenance free
Headlight W Low beam 1 x H 7 / 55 W
High beam 1 x H 7 / 55 W
Starter kW 0.8
Gearbox power transmission
Clutch Multiple disc antihopping clutch in oil bath,
mechanically operated
Gearbox Constant mesh six speed gearbox
Primary ratio 1:1.652
Gear transmission ratios I 1:2.6471
II 1:2.091
III 1:1.727
IV 1:1.500
V 1:1.360
VI 1:1.261
Rear wheel drive Chain
Transmission ratio 1:2.647

Frame type Bridge frame of aluminium
Suspension, front Upside down fork, standpipe diameter 46 mm, adjustable compress and rebound
Suspension, rear Two arm swinging fork with central spring strut, in spring mount, adjustable compress and rebound
Spring travel front/rear mm 120/130
Wheel castor mm 98.5
Wheelbase mm 1422.7
Steering head angle ° 66

front Hydraulically actuated double disc brake with BMW disc mount, Ø 320 mm, radial 4-piston fixed callipers
rear Hydraulically actuated single disc brake, Ø 220 mm, single-piston floating calliper
ABS Optional equipment BMW Motorrad Race ABS (partially integral, disengageable)
DTC Optional equipment BMW Motorrad DTC (disengageable)
Wheels Cast aluminium wheels
front 3.50 x 17"
rear 6.00 x 17"
Tyres front 120/70 ZR17
rear 190/55 ZR17
Dimensions and weights
Overall length mm 2056
Overall width with mirrors mm 826
Seat height mm 820
DIN unladen weight, ready for road kg 204 (206.5 with Race ABS)
Permitted total weight kg 405
Fuel tank capacity l 17.5
Dry weight kg 178

Riding data
Fuel consumption
90 km/h l/100 km 5.7
120 km/h l/100 km 5.9
0-100 km/h s 2.9
0-1000 m s 17.9
Max speed km/h > 200

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The new BMW X3 is the successor to a top seller and will add a new dimension to the pleasure of driving a Sports Activity Vehicle of this class. More significantly than ever, it establishes benchmarks in driving dynamics, agility and efficiency, whilst at the same time convincing through noticeably increased driving comfort.
The new BMW X3 is the successor to a top seller and will add a new dimension to the pleasure of driving a Sports Activity Vehicle of this class. More significantly than ever, it establishes benchmarks in driving dynamics, agility and efficiency, whilst at the same time convincing through noticeably increased driving comfort. The design of the new BMW X3 combines the typical BMW X character with a dynamically stretched silhouette. Thanks to a generous amount of space and a high degree of variability in the interior, it is possible to adapt travel comfort as well as transportation capacities to suit each personal requirement. Four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive not only optimises traction, but has also been specifically harmonised to ensure enhanced driving dynamics. The new BMW X3 offers fascinating qualities with uncompromising diversity, combining both driving pleasure and efficiency with comfort and functionality, sportiness and elegance.

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 xDrive35i is powered by a straight-six petrol engine with a maximum output of 225 kW/306 bhp. This makes it by far the sportiest model within its competitive environment.

The Design: Urban elegance, dynamically flowing lines and the characteristic features of a BMW X model.
The body design of the new BMW X3 conveys urban elegance and versatile agility. The combination of a flat front end and a high rear end produces, when viewed from the side, a dynamically formed wedge shape, indicating the vehicle's sporting characteristics. The convex and concave surfaces are accentuated by distinctive lines.

At the front end of the new BMW X3, the forward-slanting BMW kidney grille, a large headlight assembly, a powerful-looking front apron and the distinctively contoured bonnet signalise self-assured presence. Together with the round headlights, the fog lamps, which are positioned far towards the outside, form the light source arrangement that is characteristic of BMW X models. The upper edge of the headlight assembly sports an accentuating chrome trim, creating the focussed look so typical of BMW vehicles. In conjunction with the optional Xenon headlights, the vehicle features daytime running lights that function by means of bright white LED light rings.

The side view of the new BMW X3 is also characterised by a unique interpretation of typical BMW X design features. These include the powerfully flared wheel arches and the short distance between the front axle and the instrument panel. The dynamic appearance of the silhouette is additionally accentuated by three characteristic lines.

The rear end is characterised by horizontal lines, underlining the new BMW X3's robust character. Accurately applied lines and expressively modelled surfaces create attractive light and shadow effects. The taillights have a distinctive T shape that is characteristic of the BMW X3.

Interior: Premium ambience, intelligent functionality.
A generous and variable spatial concept, high-grade materials and a characteristic three-dimensional surface design provide the interior of the new BMW X3 with a modern, premium ambience and intelligent functionality. Brand-typical driver orientation is emphasised by the asymmetrically designed centre console. The raised seating position facilitates convenient entry, whilst optimising the overview of the traffic situation. The 8.8-inch high-resolution screen of the navigation system Professional featured in the new BMW X3 is the largest on-board monitor in its segment.

Both up front and at the rear the new BMW X3 has a multitude of large storage compartments, trays and cup holders. The three rear seats offer outstanding comfort for travelling long distances. With a volume of between 550 and 1,600 litres, the luggage compartment of the new BMW X3 is the best in its segment. At the same time, the variability with which available space can be adapted to suit each personal requirement, is also unrivalled. The rear seat backrest can be split at a ratio of 40 : 20 : 40 and the three segments can be folded down either individually or together.

Engine range: Four-cylinder diesel and straight six-cylinder petrol engine of the latest generation.
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).

Spontaneous response, high-revving characteristics, excellent running smoothness and outstanding efficiency characterise the power unit featured in the BMW X3 xDrive35i. The 3.0-litre straight-six engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo, direct petrol injection and VALVETRONIC generates a maximum output of 225 kW/306 bhp at 5,800 rpm. Maximum torque of 400 Nm is available between 1,200 and 5,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km takes a mere 5.7 seconds. Top speed is 245 km/h. The BMW X3 xDrive35i offers not only the most dynamic driving characteristics, but also by far the most favourable fuel consumption and emission levels within the competitive environment of its engine class. Average consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.8 litres/100 km (CO2 emission level: 204 g/km).

BMW EfficientDynamics in the new BMW X3: Premiere for Auto Start Stop function in conjunction with automatic transmission.
The new BMW X3 xDrive35i is equipped as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This option, also unique within the competitive environment, is available for the BMW X3 xDrive20d as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox. As an option, the new BMW X3 xDrive35i comes with a sports automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The automatic transmission is combined for the first time with an Auto Start Stop function. When stopping at road junctions or in a traffic jam, the engine is automatically switched off. 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.

Newly developed suspension, optimised xDrive and unique options for made-to-measure dynamics and comfort.
The new BMW X3 comes with permanent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive as standard. Its electronic control unit, which is interlinked with the DSC Dynamic Stability Control, counteracts at an early stage any tendency to oversteer or understeer through fast and precise response. By means of innovative tuning designed to enhance driving dynamics, the intelligent four-wheel drive technology optimises not only traction, but, above all, handling in bends. Optional Performance Control enhances the BMW X3's agile handling even further.

The new BMW X3 also features completely redeveloped suspension technology. The combination of a double-joint spring-strut axle at the front and a five-link rear axle offers in conjunction with a widened track (92 mm wider than that of the predecessor) the ideal prerequisites for optimising agility and driving comfort to an equal degree. EPS Electric Power Steering including the Servotronic function for speed-dependent power steering is incorporated in all versions of the BMW X3 model for the first time and contributes significantly to precise handling. The optional variable sports steering reduces the degree of steering movement necessary to turn the front wheels and provides BMW typical directional stability when the vehicle is being driven straight ahead.

A further option is Dynamic Damper control. The electronically controlled dampers adapt to road surface conditions and the driver's style of driving. The driver is able to influence the characteristic map of the damper control by means of the Dynamic Control system. This function, which is available for a BMW X model for the first time, enables the driver to choose between the "NORMAL", "SPORT" and "SPORT+" modes using a button on the centre console.

Like all BMW X models, the new BMW X3 is also provided with an extremely torsion-resistant body, precisely defined support structures and large deformation zones. The safety equipment package comprises front and pelvic thorax airbags, side curtain head airbags, three-point automatic seatbelts on all seats, belt force limiters, belt latch tensioners and crash-active front headrests as well as ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear compartment.

Innovative options and functions from BMW ConnectedDrive.
The choice of optional features ranges from automatic climate control with 2-zone control, a panorama sunroof, high-end audio equipment and the navigation system Professional with hard-disk storage, to automatic rear lid operation and a tow coupling with electronically pivoting ball head. The choice of driver assistance systems offered by BMW ConnectedDrive is unique in the segment. The new BMW X3 can be equipped, inter alia, with the systems Head-up Display, Adaptive Cornering Headlights, High-beam Assistant and reversing camera including Top View. In addition, BMW ConnectedDrive enables unrestricted use of the Internet within the vehicle, a comprehensive integration of the Apple iPhone and other smartphones as well as the use of web-based services for navigation and entertainment functions.

Production at the BMW Spartanburg plant.
The new BMW X3 is produced at the BMW Spartanburg plant in accordance with stringent BMW Group quality standards. With the production of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 models, the location, which is based in the US Federal State of South Carolina, has become the competence centre for BMW X models within the BMW Group's worldwide production network. Thanks to comprehensive extension measures, the preconditions for integrating the new BMW X3 into the production process have also been established.

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