In 2021 it was the very first M model from BMW – with two wheels: the M 1000 RR. The M department has existed at BMW since 1972 – so its 50th anniversary was celebrated in 2022 – but until 2021 this M only applied to passenger cars. At BMW Motorrad, the motorsport M replaced the high-performance HP.
Under pressure from the new S 1000 RR
Actually, no updates would be due for the M 1000 RR after two years. But within the BMW range, it has come under pressure after the presentation of the S 1000 RR basic superbike, sharpened for 2023, on September 29, 2022, because the 2023 S 1000 RR is wearing prestigious winglets. And with the 210 hp specified by the factory, it comes closer to the 212 hp of the current M version. The S 1000 RR will be available in 2023 from 20,420 euros, while the M 1000 RR already cost at least 33,000 euros in 2022. In order to justify this large price difference and to maintain the prestige, status and pride of ownership of the M buyers, BMW seems to be adding to the top version for 2023.
More pronounced winglets for the M 1000 RR
From spy photos that were sent to us in mid-September, we initially suspected the new S 1000 RR. But now that official pictures are available, it’s clear: That wasn’t the S 1000 RR, but is most likely the M 1000 RR for 2023. The most noticeable differences to the first version relate to the front of the M. Apparently, the winglets are even more pronounced to improve aerodynamics and to optimize contact pressure, on the other hand to distance the new M from the new S.
More spoilers on the front wheel
Also seen for the first time on a BMW were cooling air ducts on the brake calipers – like the winglets taken from motorsport – on one of the two “RRlQueens”. Incidentally, the blue Nissin M brake calipers were still fitted to the test vehicles. Further paneling parts were mounted underneath: spoilers on both sides at the bottom of the front wheel. Also from motorsport, presumably made of carbon, like all trim parts on the M and seen for the first time on a BMW. It is not yet known whether this will be the new M standard in this form or whether it will be an M accessory.
Comeback of the shark gill slots
BMW fans can see another detail on the side panel: shark gill slots, at least on the right side – similar to the original S 1000 RR from 2009. The S 1000 RR did not get these slots back in 2023, apparently only the M 1000 RR . It is not yet known whether the rated power of the top version will also increase, beyond the previous 212 hp at 14,500 rpm, and which other updates it will receive.
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“RRlkönig” photos, shot in September 2022, one week before the official presentation of the BMW S 1000 RR for 2023. It is now clear: the two “RRlköniginnen” were not under the sign of the S. It was most likely the new M 1000 RR for 2023 – with noticeably extended spoilers at the front.
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