Though BMW’s M — or “Motorsport” — division dates back to the early 1970s, it wasn’t until much more recently that the Bavarian brand introduced its first-ever M-spec motorcycle, first with the M 1000 RR, and then with an M-spec naked version of the flagship superbike with the M 1000 R. And after the success for the M 1000 single and double R, BMW Motorrad has now revealed what will be its third M class motorcycle with the new BMW M 1000 XR prototype.
Based on the existing S 1000 XR sport tourer, this new M model boasts a slew of ultra-premium performance-focused components that are typically reserved for cutting-edge race and track bikes. Benefitting from the use of BMW’s “ShiftCam” variable valve timing tech, the engine powering the M1KXR is the brand’s liquid-cooled 1,000cc RR inline-four mill, which now puts down more than 200hp, resulting in a top speed of around 175mph. This is all while tipping the scales at only 492lbs at the curb, making the M 1000 XR the lightest and most powerful bike in the crossover motorcycle segment.
Further differentiating the M-spec from the regular model is a full set of partially-exposed carbon fiber bodywork, complete with BMW M MotoGP/WSBK-style aerodynamic winglets. Presumably taking aim at Ducati’s Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, the M 1000 XR also sports a slew of high-end M-specific parts such as a M handelbars, M-spec brakes, billet BMW M-spec adjustable rear-sets, and what we imagine will be an optional set of M Performance carbon fiber wheels — the latter of which come shod in ultra-sticky Metzeler RaceTec RR tires. A special M-specific startup display screen also greets the rider when the bike is fired up. What’s more, on top of a smattering of smaller carbon fiber elements such as the bike’s chain guard and fenders, BMW’s third M model also comes outfitted with a carbon-tipped Akrapovič silencer.
BMW Motorrad has stated that it will reveal further info on the upcoming M 1000 XR in the second half of 2023.