BMW Motorrad Debuts New 2024 BMW S 1000 XR and M 1000 XR

BY Sean Loo

The BMW S 1000 XR model gets more power, and improved ergonomics, while the new M 1000 XR expands on performance.

BMW Motorrad just dropped a bombshell - the 2024 S 1000 XR and the all-new M 1000 XR. Let's break it down and see what the fuss is all about.

First in the spotlight is the 2024 BMW S 1000 XR. This bad boy is packing more punch than its predecessor. We're talking about a hefty increase in horsepower - 170 horses to be exact. They cranked up the power by optimizing intake channel airflow and tweaking those engine maps.

Torque stays the same, though, at a respectable 113Nm. The ergonomics got a facelift too, with the seat redesigned for extra height, measuring 33.5 inches. Plus, it's got more cushion for the pushin', making those long-distance rides a breeze. And let's not forget the suspension upgrades for that smooth ride.

The Shift Assist Pro got a facelift for precision shifting, and the adaptive Headlight Pro is now standard. Keyless Ride? Oh yes. The battery got an upgrade to a 12Ah capacity unit, and they threw in a USB charging socket because, hey, we live in the 21st century.

Cosmetically, the 2024 S 1000 XR got a makeover too. New rear side panels, air intakes, and a textured radiator trim. They even painted the front fender to match the body colour.

And talking about colours, you've got options - Blackstorm Metallic 2 is standard, but you can spice it up with Gravity Blue Metallic (Style Sport) or Light White/M Motorsport (M Package).

Under the hood (or fairings), it's got the same inline four-cylinder ShiftCam mill as the M 1000 RR, pushing out a jaw-dropping 201 hp at 12,750 rpm. That's 31 more horses than the S 1000 XR. Torque is a solid 113Nm at 11,000 rpm, with a maximum engine speed cranked up to 14,600 rpm.

And here's where it gets spicy. The M-XR engine is not just more powerful; it's a whole different beast across the rev range. Lighter internals, optimized intake flow, and a shorter final gear ratio contribute to a noticeable boost in acceleration and pulling power. It's a symphony of power and performance.

It's got all the bells and whistles you'd expect from an M bike—adjustable throttle maps, Dynamic Traction Control, Launch Control, Pit Lane Limiter, and Hill Start Control Pro. And for those drift enthusiasts, there's even a Brake Slide Assist. The suspension is top-notch with 45mm fork tubes and Dynamic Damping Control. The M 1000 XR flaunts its M branding and colours throughout, making a statement on the streets.

If lap times and carbon bits are your jam, there's even an M Competition Package for that extra edge.

BMW quotes both bikes hitting the streets in the second quarter of 2024, so if you were looking out for a new sports adventure bike, maybe now’s your chance.