[UPDATE][rumor] bmw’s teutonic terror

March 11, 2008

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spanish moto rag, motociclismo, commissioned the above rendering of bmw’s upcoming entry into the superbike class based on insider information. a prototype of this bike was reportedly lapping the circuit de cartagena in r6 bodywork.

one thing is for sure: if bmw’s superbike is running around in r6 clothing it is extremely petite. also expect the final styling to be reminiscent of the hp2 sport (see below).   

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however, power is rumored to come from a rather orthodox 1000cc inline-4 rated at around 200hp. in fact, the other key components seem to be very un-bmw-like too – chain drivetrain, inverted fork, dual-beam aluminum chassis. if u can’t beat ’em join ’em.

we should probably see the release at the paris motorcycle show in late sept along with the aprilia rsv 4

bmw will make their world superbike debut in 2009. alles gute!

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[UPDATE] here’s a photo of the proto in the flesh:

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[rumor] ktm rc4

March 8, 2008

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ktm’s rc4 is actually more than a rumor. the austrian manufacturer let loose a prototype skinned in cagiva mito bodywork to lap an unspecified track along with the latest supersport bikes. they also let loose a rendering of the upcoming bike. the rc4 shares the same angular style as its big brother, the rc8, but power comes from a 654cc single from the venerable 690 duke. with a high power-to-weight ratio, the proto was lapping a couple seconds behind the 600’s. expect it to drop at the 2008 paris motorcycle show at the end of sept (the rc8 was revealed at the same show last year).

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