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BMW eyes super tourer segment with M 1000 XR Prototype

BMW Motorrad has revealed its third M branded model, the M 1000 XR Prototype which looks set to go head-to-head with the growing super touring crossover segment.

While still strictly in the prototype phase, BMW Motorrad has given us our first look at the upcoming M 1000 XR in a new video in conjunction with Isle of Man TT racer Peter Hickman.

Like BMW's other M-badged bikes, the M 1000 XR prototype sees the familiar silhouette of the S 1000 XR given a motorsport-inspired treatment with swathes of carbon fibre, beefy BMW M brakes and special M aerodynamic winglets.

At its heart is the four-cylinder engine from the BMW S 1000 RR featuring BMW's ShiftCam technology for varying the engine timing and valve lift. With an engine output of more than 147 kW (200 hp), a weight of 223 kg fully fuelled, and chassis technology, aerodynamics and control electronics designed equally for high-performance road use, long-distance riding and fast laps on the racetrack, the new M XR looks ready to take on the likes of Ducati's Multistrada V4 Pike's Peak for crossover dominance.

To take things even further, more weight reduction and even increased riding dynamics can be achieved with the M Competition Package, which is available as an optional extra ex works.

While key performance data like 0-100kph times are yet to be disclosed by BMW Motorrad, they have let slip that the top speed of the M XR prototype is around 280 kph.

BMW Motorrad says it will publish further information on the new BMW M 1000 XR in the second half of 2023, so expect the bike to debut as a 2024 model.


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