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#331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - Coolness Factor = 74.4%

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:05 am
by totalmotorcycle
2018 BMW HP4 Race on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

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2018 BMW HP4 Race


The HP4 RACE is more than the sum of its parts. This bike is pure emotion. From the development right up to the racetrack, passion is what has made this race bike what it is-an innovation driver designed to push the limits.

The HP bike is the first motorcycle in the world to offer a fully carbon frame and fully carbon wheels. With 215 hp (158 kW), it weighs just 322 lbs (dry weight). A handmade dream come true for 750 enthusiasts.

Pure performance 750 times over.
The HP4 RACE is a masterpiece of engineering prowess. Each and every one of the 750 limited-edition racing machines was handmade by our specialists and fitted with a numbered sticker. This is for those who have no limits and always go further. We only produce this kind of concentrated passion for those who share it. This is reserved for frontier crossers whose requirements are not only satisfied by the HP4 RACE, but have to redefine their requirements. There are only a few like this. More precisely: seven hundred and fifty.

New benchmark in lightweight construction.
The frame of the HP4 RACE is made of endless carbon fiber and is a continuous component from the steering head to the swing arm pivot. Compared to the standard frame, it saves almost 9 pounds in weight. It’s not about the looks, rather, its characteristics when it comes to the BMW HP4 RACE’s carbon technology. The designers facilitated pre-calculation and incorporated function-dependent torsion and rigidity. As rigid as aluminum, as hard as steel. All advantages of the carbon material were fully exhausted on the wheels, including its flexibility.

Perfection right down to the smallest detail.
Developed for the racetrack through and through, the HP4 RACE has a self-supporting carbon front that practically devours the headwind with its aggressive splitface with the ram air behind. The dome-shaped windscreen offers riders optimal protection and keeps them in the streamline. The perfect interplay between paintwork and carbon material is a highlight of the HP4 RACE, especially when it is at a standstill. A new era is dawning for color too. With the HP4 RACE, we present the new HP motorsport colors Light White / Racing Blue Metallic / Racing Red.

Built by hand. Configured for maximum performance.
Built by hand in Berlin, the HP4 RACE engine is an enhanced version of the engine from the long-distance WM and the World SBK. It produces 215 hp (158 kW) and the maximum rotational speed was increased to 14,500 rpm. The maximum torque of 88 lb-ft is at 10,000 rpm.

The first service, including an oil change, is carried out after the engine has been run in and recorded on the test stand by our specialists. The engine is endoscoped and the control times and valve clearance are adjusted. Meaning that the HP4 RACE is ready to reach its full potential on the racetrack right from delivery.

The best lap times are a question of adjustment.
The HP4 RACE’s racing claim is reflected in every component. There is a 2D dashboard in the self-supporting carbon front that contains all of the important information for drivers and engineers. The 2D data recorder allows the recorded data to be saved and read out. The dynamic traction control (DTC) is operated with precise buttons and offers the optimal traction for every racing situation. The gear-dependent power delivery and programmable engine brake, wheelie control, the pit lane limiter and launch control, are all additional electronic features that guarantee problem-free racing operation. The electronics are topped off with the minimized cable harness and the lithium-ion batteries installed in the self-supporting carbon frame tail. The carbon frame tail, an additional part of the optimal ergonomics of the HP4 RACE, can be adjusted to three levels.

Individual, from the seat height to the model number.
Other driver-specific adjustments can be made to the handlebar tapering and the footrest system. The HP RACE Shift Assist Pro with shift direction inversion gives clear feedback at every gear shift. The six-gear, “close-ratio” transmission has transmission stages adapted to the World Championship specification and can be further adapted with additional secondary transmissions (contained in the scope of delivery). At World Championship level and with 215 hp to work with, the oil and water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke engine is built by our specialist team, checked on the test stand and delivered with a test certificate. Every single engine achieves the required power curve.

Well thought out for the biggest challenges.
The FGR 300 upside down fork and the TTX 36 GP spring strut made by Öhlins are known from the World Superbike. The Brembo GP4 PR brake calipers, which are used in the MotoGP, lead to superior brake performance in combination with the 6.75 mm-thick 320-T-Type racing steel brake discs. The HP4 RACE’s carbon-fiber woven rims save 3.4 lbs in comparison to forged wheels and are noticeably more agile thanks to the reduced mass. The consistent lightweight construction continues with the Volltitan exhaust system from Akrapovič and the hand-brushed aluminum tank. After all, those are also the details that make a dry weight of 322 lbs (378 lbs fully fueled (DIN)) possible. The titanium screws installed in the sizes 6, 8 and 10 do not only save weight on the HP4 RACE, but also on the tools required.

2018 BMW HP4 Race – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $78000 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £68,000 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Type Water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, four titanium valves per cylinder, two overhead racing camshafts, milled oil sump, Pankl connecting rod, precision-balanced and lightened crankshaft

Bore x stroke 80 mm x 49.7 mm

Capacity 999 cc

Rated output 215 hp (158 kW) at 13,900 rpm (maximum speed 14,500 rpm)

Max. torque 88 lb-ft (120 Nm) at 10,000 rpm

Compression ratio 13.7-13.9 : 1

Mixture control / engine management Electronic racing injection, variable intake pipe length, four selectable modes

Emission control Akrapovic full titanium 4 in 2 in 1 WSBK exhaust system

Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speed Over 186 mph

Fuel type Superplus unleaded, minimum octane number 98 (RON)

Electrical system

Alternator 406 W

Battery 12 V/5 Ah, Li ion maintenance-free

Power transmission

Clutch Multi-disc clutch in oil bath, anti-hopping clutch, mechanically operated

Gearbox Constant-mesh 6-speed racing transmission (EVO) with straight-cut gears (gears 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)

Drive 16/43 (adjustable as part of equipment pack: sprocket 15, 16, 17, chainwheel 41, 42, 43, 44, 45)

Chassis / brakes

Frame Carbon monocoque RTM frame with steering head angle and swing-arm pivot adjustment, load-bearing engine

Front wheel location / suspension Öhlins FGR 300 WSBK fork, adjustable rebound and compression-stage damping, adjustable spring preload, Öhlins SD052 adjustable steering damper, front wheel quick-change system thanks to rotatable forklegs with front-wheel cover mounted (brake calipers need not be removed to change a wheel) spring stiffness 10.5 N/mm

Rear wheel location / suspension Aluminum WSBK swing arm, Öhlins TTX 36 GP central spring strut, adjustable rebound and compression-stage damping, adjustable spring preload, top spring strut pivot point adjustable (0/3 mm), adjustable spring strut deflection (tension strut), contact surfaces for wheel spacer bush on chain tensioners for simple/hands free wheel fitting, chain tensioner titanium on outside, aluminum on inside, CFRP auxiliary stand mountings on swing arm, spring stiffness 95N/mm

Suspension travel front / rear 5.1” / 4.7” (130 mm / 120 mm)

Wheelbase 56.7” (1440 mm)

Castor 4.0” (adjustable between 3.7” – 4.4”)

Steering head angle 65.5° (adjustable 0.0°, +/-0.5°, +/-1°)

Wheels Carbon wheels including press-fitted wheel spacer bushes for easy wheel fitting

Rim, front 3.50 x 17″

Rim, rear 6.00 x 17″

Tires, front 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diabolo Superbike Slick SC2

Tires, rear 200/60 ZR 17 Pirelli Diabolo Superbike Slick SC2

Brake, front Brembo Racing twin disc brake, T-floating racing brake discs, 320×6.75 mm diameter, 4-piston monobloc WSBK GP4-PR fixed caliper with titanium pistons, Brembo Racing RCS19X18 master cylinder, including adjustable Brembo Racing brake lever, Brembo Racing clutch lever (without clutch switch)

Brake, rear Brembo Racing single-disc brake, 4-piston WSBK fixed caliper with titanium pistons, brake disc diameter 220×4.0 mm

Dimensions / weights

Length 81.6” (2,070 mm)

Width (incl. mirrors) 30.6” (777 mm)

Height (excl. mirrors) 47.0” (1,193 mm)

Seat height, unladen weight 32.7” (831 mm) rider seat low / high, 32.1” / 33.3” (816 / 846 mm)

Inner leg curve, unladen weight Approximately 73.2” (1,859 mm) rider seat low/ high, 72.0” / approx. 74.4” (1,829 mm / approx.. 1,889 mm)

Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled 1) 378 lbs (171.4 kg)

Dry weight 322 lbs (146 kg)

Usable tank volume 4.6 gal (17.5 l)

Reserve Approx. 1 gal (4 l)

Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)

1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fueled with at least 90% of usable tank volume

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Re: THIS WEEK #331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - VOTE TODAY

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:06 am
by totalmotorcycle

As I am going on vacation Wednesday, this will be a short-week bike as I'm putting up a 2 week Cool Wall next, so vote before Wednesday!

New from BMW for 2018, super premium.


Re: THIS WEEK #331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - VOTE TODAY

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:31 pm
by NorthernPete
Sweet bejesus. 78 grand? AMERICAN? I'm gonna guess cool but outta my range.

Re: THIS WEEK #331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - VOTE TODAY

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:35 pm
by ceemes
So basically, the motorcycle worlds version of an F1 race car.......interesting, pretty, fast, nimble, lots of carbon fibre and tech'ed up to the teats........and price so high, that only the very rich or race teams with deep pockets could afford to own one let alone run one.

I'll give is a cool for what it is, a full on race machine that will likely never see the streets......and given the price, probably will not be seen on too many race tracks....odds are these machine are going to end up in some rich sods personal and private garage museum.

Re: THIS WEEK #331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - VOTE TODAY

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:08 pm
by montanalifter
An amazing machine. I rank it up there with the choppers they build for show but never get ridden. Awesome but impractical for the regular working man. I voted cool.

Re: THIS WEEK #331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - VOTE TODAY

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:48 pm
by blues2cruise
78 thousand USD is like 100,000 CDN, Holy moley that's a lot of money.

Re: THIS WEEK #331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - VOTE TODAY

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:53 am
by totalmotorcycle
Holy Cow Batman!! $100,000... I guess it is a race bike though with all the bells and whistles possible. I bet it would be the fastest thing 0-60 on a track, would even beat a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon!


The technology BMW has put into this motorcycle is downright amazing, it is everything a supersport bike rider would ever want (till they release version 2.0); I don't know how many they will see, but wow, I bet you couldn't build a comparable bike for less on your own. 322lbs?! and 215hp... We are getting so close to a 1lb to 1hp ratio.

My god. Can you imagine in 20 years a 400lb 1000cc sportbike putting out 400hp? Is that gonna happen? Will 250cc starter bikes be over 100hp?

ceemes wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:35 pm
I'll give is a cool for what it is, a full on race machine that will likely never see the streets......and given the price, probably will not be seen on too many race tracks....odds are these machine are going to end up in some rich sods personal and private garage museum.
You would think so, but where I live in Waterloo, Ontario, it's a University town and you would be AMAZED at the amount of foreign students that are driving $100k+ cars, Mercedes AMG's, Audi R8's and RS's, BMW M series, even a few Lamborghini's if you can believe it. All new. Makes you shake your head, it credit that cheap and easy here or is there some funny business going on?

Re: THIS WEEK #331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - VOTE TODAY

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:54 am
by totalmotorcycle
Thank you all for voting for this week's short-week bike and getting your votes in early.

For the next two weeks, we have a special Cool Wall feature comparo. I hope you enjoy it!


Re: THIS WEEK #331: 2018 BMW HP4 Race - VOTE TODAY

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:53 am
by totalmotorcycle
2018 BMW HP4 Race - Coolness Factor = 74.4%
Featured: August 25th, 2017 - August 30th, 2017
Most popular vote category: Cool


Motorcycle Cool Wall discussion: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=54470
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Your Coolness Factor of the 2018 BMW HP4 Race

Awesome (3 points) 5
Cool (2 points) 7
Uncool (1 point) 0
Fail (0 point) 1

Total votes: 13

= a Coolwall Factor of 74.4%

Total Motorcycle's Take-a-way: "I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters". If you like your life like Vin Diesel then BMW has a motorcycle for you! The 2018 BMW HP4 Race is exclusive, incredibly fast, handles like it is on rails and did I mention... super expensive? 322lbs and 215hp says it all.

Best comments of the week: "Sweet bejesus. 78 grand? AMERICAN?" - NorthernPete