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2020 BMW S 1000 XR to be launched in India by end of July 2020

Aditya Chatterjee

BMW Motorrad is gearing up to launch their flagship adventure sport offering, the S 1000 XR in India by the end of July, which will be positioned above the recently launched F 900 XR. 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 4-cylinder engine, which is tuned for a street-spec 165PS of power and 112Nm of torque that is fed to the rear wheel via a 6-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. The company mentions, the fourth, fifth and sixth gear have longer ratios in order to reduce noise, fuel consumption and engine speed. Similar to its younger sibling, the S 1000 XR too comes equipped with engine drag torque control (MSR) which prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting.

The frame and swinging arm have been lightened by 2.1kg along with reduction in unsprung mass by 1.6kg. Further, electronic suspension is offered as standard and with two modes  Road and Dynamic. BMW has also introduced a dynamic brake assistant on the S 1000 XR, which is also offered in the 1250 GS. The XR comes with four standard ride modes Rain, Road, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro, wherein Dynamic Pro can alter the throttle response, engine brake, ABS, traction setting and wheelie control. The S 1000 XR also comes equipped with a brand new 6.5-inch TFT
instrumentation which displays a host of information. The electronics suite includes cruise control, hill-hold control, traction control and wheelie control. The Pro models come with cruise control, a two-way quickshifter, keyless go etc. In terms of displacement, the S 1000 XR locks horns with the likes of the Triumph Tiger 900 GT, Ducati Multistrada 950 and the BMW F 900 XR.

However, the 1000 XR is a much more powerful and premium offering compared to its rivals in India. 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 lakh and 20 lakh.

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