|BMW Malaysia today presented its latest performance-oriented BMW HP4 Motorrad at the Sepang International Circuit. Specially arranged trial runs were conducted for the media at the 5.543 km track for purposes of discovering the true capability of the BMW HP4.|
BMW HP4 continues the Supersports Motorrads’ legacy
Stemmed from BMW’s High Performance Motorrad Series which came about in 2005, the HP4 shares a certain similarities with the boxer-engined HP2 Enduro, HP2 Megamoto and HP2 Sport. However, the HP4 is the first four-cylinder powered motorcycle with a 999 cc displacement, delivering 193 hp at 13,000 rpm and registering 112 Nm of torque at 9,750 rpm. The BMW HP4’s top speed and 0 – 100 km/h sprint command a very respectable 200km/h and 2.9 seconds respectively. In any of the modes – Rain, Sport, Race and Slick – the HP4 provides an even throttle curve and response, even ensuring an increased torque delivery at mid-end speeds. Average consumption for the BMW HP4 is 5.9 l/100km at speeds up to 120km/h.
BMW HP4 first impressions
The BMW HP4 certainly instills a bold and masculine impression at a glance, with its aspired Supersports appeal and monoposto motif – a dual-section engine spoiler with tinted windshield. Exterior fundamentals of the HP4 include the integrated LED turn indicators, laser-engraved serial number on the upper fork bridge, a far-reaching Racing Blue Metallic and Light White paint, and a 200/55 ZR 17-inch rear wheel.
At 199 kilograms, the BMW HP4 is the lightest four-cylinder Supersports in the 1000cc class. BMW Motorrad engineers were able to reduce the bike’s overall weight with the use of these elements: superlight 7-spoke forged alloy wheels; a new, lighter sprocket carrier; and a titanium exhaust.
Sharing the same proven electrical system as other contemporary BMW Motorrads, the new HP4 is also fitted with a CAN bus (controller area network) electrical system which networks the instrument cluster, and engine controller as well as the electronic immobilizer and the anti-theft alarm system which are available as optional equipment. The instrument cluster not only has a newly designed dial face with HP4 inscription but also provides an extended range of information and functions such as the Dynamic Damping Control set-up menus as well as the figures for Dynamic Traction Control fine adjustment and Launch Control Activation.
The Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) fitted in the HP4, the first on any motorcycle, goes one step further in the suspension technologies. The system involves a dynamic adaptation of compression and rebound stage damping to suit the given situation especially on uneven stretches of road. The semi-active suspension system reacts automatically to manoeuvres such as braking, accelerating and cornering on various road surfaces and sets the correct level of damping by means of electrically actuated damping valves.
The Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) familiar from the RR motorcycle has also been optimized for the supersports use in the HP4, setting a new benchmark in the Supersports segment. While riding in “Slick” mode, the adjustable DT provides riders with the option to respond flexibly to environmental conditions such as air and asphalt temperature, changes in tyre grip and road surface states.
The Launch Control which works with the adapted wheelie detection supported by shift assistant offers optimum acceleration and perfect starts on the track, as well as ensuring full acceleration from idle.
Racing enthusiasts would be happy to note that the HP4 has Race ABS with IDM setting for top brake performance which is especially suited for the track. In the “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race”, the Race ABS operates on a part integral basis where the brake on the rear wheel is automatically applied when the front wheel brake is activated. This ensures the motorcycle maintains its stability in the braking phase, permitting very short braking distances.
BMW HP4 availability and pricing
Available in an optional race package which include HP Carbon engine spoiler, rider footrest system, folding brake and clutch levers and wheels with a special sponsor sticker; the BMW HP4 retails for 144,444.00 and RM158,888.00 in its race package guise.