Production for the limited edition offering is capped at 750 units globally, and late last month, BMW India launched the bike for a substantial sum of Rs 85 lakhs, ex-showroom. As the bike cannot be registered in India, there will be no registration charges or on road taxes applicable.
BMW HP4 Race gets power from a 999cc four-cylinder engine that returns 215 hp and max torque of 120 Nm mated to a six-speed transmission. Armed with an anti-hopping clutch for improved control, BMW HP4 Race attains top speed of 330 kmph.
As is the practice with vehicles of such calibre, the silent launch clearly followed a booking. In trusting Varys’ little birds, the bike belongs to Vikram Oberoi. About a year earlier the hotelier took delivery of the country’s first Ducati 1299 Superleggera of which 500 units will be produced for global sales. While Ducati 1299 Superleggera is road-legal, BMW HP4 Race isn’t. There’s no word on whether a specific number has been allotted for sale in India. Lucky number one has already reached Indian shores and was unboxed over the weekend.
BMW Motorrad’s most powerful production motorcycle is a track only bike, which means it comes without a headlamp and taillamp. And there’s no arrangement to fit a number plate. Weight reduction has been made possible through ample use of carbon fibre.
The carbon fibre mainframe weighs 7.8 kgs. Carbon fibre front and rear wheels help in further weight reduction over the standard model. Kerb weight stands at 171 kg. BMW HP4 Race features high-spec Brembo 320mm dual disc brakes at the front and a single 220mm disc unit in the rear.
Suspension – Ohlins FGR 300 upside-down fork and Ohlins TTX 36 GP monoshock. Pirelli Diablo Superbike Slick SC2 tyres are in use. As with a race bike, all race track data can be accessed on the screen. Electronic aids include ‘audibly perceptible Dynamic Traction Control’ controlled by ignition cut, EBR to select engine braking, and Wheelie Control. The Pit Lane Limiter observes pitlane speed limits, and Launch Control caters to race start.