Extreme lightness, impressive power and first-class handling are combined in the new HP4, the first 4-cylinder model in the HP line-up. Based on the S 1000 RR, a purebred factory motorcycle has been developed with the first ever Dynamic Suspension Control system (DDC) making its world premiere in this exceptional machine. And for even greater exclusivity there is the HP4 Carbon version with all the dynamic features plus a range of carbon body and HP performance parts fitted.
HP - short for High Performance - has always been BMW Motorrad's symbol of power and exclusivity, and the HP models are made of the very best materials, moulded into top-class design.
Whether race track or country road, the new HP4 meets the very highest demands. The lightest 4-cylinder engine in the segment offers an output of 142 kW (193 bhp) and a maximum torque of 112 Nm. The weight reduction provided by the all-titanium exhaust system is 4.5 kg; and the new silencer also ensures a higher level of torque in the medium range - for greater power in precisely those situations where it matters. Another 2.4 kg have been saved on the wheels - with the use of aluminium forged wheels for much more agile handling.
The technology of the new HP4 is ahead of its time. This is especially reflected in a world premiere of the Dynamic Suspension system DDC (Dynamic Damping Control), an intelligent set-up function which adapts perfectly to any situation by electronically controlling the compression and damping.
For riders not content with race track performance alone, the HP4 Carbon features a range of additional HP parts: HP brake lever, HP clutch lever, HP rider footrest system, closed HP Carbon engine spoiler, HP Carbon plate holder and HP Carbon fuel tank trim. With its forged wheels finished in blue and the sponsor sticker kit, it is a real eye-catcher even from a distance.
Because of its high-quality construction and involved manufacturing process, only a few of the HP4 - and even fewer of the HP4 Carbon version - can be built during the period of production up to 2014. Proof of this exclusivity is provided by the numbered fork bridge engraving complete with HP logo.
Of special interest to Supersport 1000 class racers is that HP4 is expected to be homologated to race in the 2013 season and as a platform for a race bike within the current Regulations is likely to have advantages compared to RR Sport in terms of lightness (wheels), more torque, monobloc front brake discs, the fine tuning of the DTC Traction Control, and a race programming for the (standard) ABS brakes.
The new HP models are due to go on sale at Motorrad UK Dealers in early December 2012 at prices expected to be announced at the Intermot Show in Cologne on 02 October.
The first full UK track test of HP4 appeared in the 12 September issue of Motorcycle News.
The new HP4. Pure performance.
For additional HP4 product information, please visit www.bmw-motorrad.com.