The BMW S1000R street-fighter is all set to receive a subtle facelift soon it seems, for the 2017 model year. The updated model, which includes visual and mechanical changes, was spotted recently at the Oschersleben track in Germany and points out some striking differences compared to the outgoing version.
The BMW S1000R was introduced globally in 2014, while the S1000RR was updated in 2015 with a newer chassis. Compared to the 2015 S1000RR, the 2017 S1000R gets a revised chassis that is visibly different that the outgoing one. The changes are evident to the frame with the new cutout around the rearset mounts, which is missing on the outgoing S1000R.
2014 BMW S1000R
Then, the styling has also received subtle tweaks with the slightly different front profile. The twin headlight setup has been retained though. More noticeably, the fairing around the radiator get a different design, but keeping the shape intact as seen on the outgoing model. The massive exhaust is new on the test mule spotted and needs to be seen if it will make it to production.
The 2017 BMW S1000R will get a slight power upgrade as well
In terms of powertrain, the litre-class motorcycle from BMW Motorrad could see a slight bump in power output that could come courtesy of a revised cylinder head with changes to the duct geometry, intake camshaft and intake valves. All of these updates were first seen on the 2015 S1000RR. In addition, the street-fighter will also get other tech updates from the S1000RR like the auto-blipping quickshifter or Shift Assistant Pro, that allows clutchless upshifts and downshifts. The test mule also shows rubber pads added to the handlebar mounts to absorb vibrations.
With the plethora of changes, the 2017 BMW S1000R is expected to grab some major attention as the model could be one of the showstoppers at either Intermot or EICMA motorcycle shows later this year. The upgrades nevertheless, will help the street-fighter to keep up with offerings like the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 and KTM 1290 Super Duke R in the segment.