Looks like the most powerful mainstream liter bike ever makes more power than the 193bhp figure it officially claims. England's Bike magazine is, to our knowledge, the first publication to conduct an independent dyno test with the BMW S1000RR. The result? 183hp at the back wheel, indicating a crank figure in the region of 200bhp. In comparison, a Kawasaki ZX-10R made a mere 170hp on the same dyno. Why would BMW understate the power of its first first full-on superbike? MCN suggests the company may have wanted to avoid the political fallout of breaking the 200bhp barrier, but there's also likely a PR benefit; at 193bhp BMW can already claim more power than its rivals while allowing press and owners to discover a welcome dose of added substance.

via MCN

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