2020 BMW S 1000 XR to be launched in India next month

Rohit Paradkar Published: June 11, 2020, 11:02 AM IST

Close on the heels of the temptingly priced F 900 XR comes its elder sibling, the S 1000 XR - powered by the in-line four motor from the S 1000 RR supersport machine.

Compared to the model it replaces, the 2020 S 1000 XR features new styling with symmetrical headlights, a two-step adjustable windscreen, a sharper nose and tighter bodywork. The new body panels hide the S 1000 RR derived 999cc four-cylinder engine, which is tuned for a street-spec 165PS and 112Nm of torque that is fed to the rear wheel via a six-speed transmission and a chain drive. BMW says that the engine is tuned to provide a stronger performance than before in the 3,000-10,000rpm range, which is typically the zone that most road riders exploit on high-rise sport-tourers like the S 1000 XR.

To that effect, even the semi-active suspension has been retuned for better comfort in the soft setting, and sharper responses in the dynamic setting. The semi-active suspension is now standard on the 2020 S 1000 XR, and uses larger pistons and reduced operating pressure. The motorcycle also features TFT instrumentation and the electronics suite comprises of four riding modes ((Rain, Road, Dynamic, Dynamic Pro), cruise control, hill-hold control, traction control and wheelie control. The Pro models come with cruise control, a two-way quick shifter, keyless go etc.

Going by how BMW Motorrad India has managed to price the F 900 twins, we expect the pricing of the 2020 S 1000 XR to lie in the same zone as the outgoing model - between Rs 18-20 lakh.