2013 BMW HP4: The hottest thing on two wheels

BMW 2013 HP4 smokes

If you’ve got a need for speed, then BMW’s got the bike for you. The newly introduced 2013 HP4 combines slick, futurisitic styling, high-tech gadgetry, and a precisely tuned 4-cylinder, 1000cc engine, which is taken from the BMW S 1000 RR.

Clocking in at just 373-pounds dry (439 with the tank 90 percent full), the HP4 is the lightest sportbike in the 1000cc-class, according to BMW. The HP4 is capable of cranking out 193 horsepower at 13,000 RPM and 82 foot-pounds of torque. And BMW says the HP4 comes off the showroom floor ready for a day at the track — “no modifactions needed.” In other words: Twist the throttle with caution.


Thankfully, BMW has also added the S 1000 RR’s Race antilock brake system (ABS) to the HP4 for optimum stopping power. And the RR’s Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) also arrives on the HP4 to further help slow you down to normal human speeds. The ABS system has four different modes: “Rain” for wet surfaces, “Sport” for normal road riding, “Race” for tearing up the track with supersports tires, and “Slick” for riding the track with slicks. “Slick” mode also features a 14-point micro-adjustments, which can be changed with a paddle on the left handlebar while on the move.


Another added bonus for its “Slick” mode is the new Launch Control function, which gives riders more grip off the starting line by limiting the torque, which allows riders to have more control over acceleration through the clutch while also helping to prevent wheelies on take-off. A “shift assistant” has also been added to the HP4 to make changing gears at high speeds a breeze.

BMW has also incorporated its Dynamic Dampening Control (DDC), which the company says is the first of its kind on a motorcycle. DDC allows HP4 riders to change the front and read suspension to accomodate different conditions and riding purposes.

The HP4 joins the HP2 Megamoto, HP2 Sport and the HP2 Enduro in the HP (“High Performance”) line, which BMW launched in 2005. Pricing for the HP4 has not yet been announced — but based on all the computerized goodness, we’re guessing you’ll have to save up for this land rocket.


From BMW’s press release, here are a few other technical highlights:

  • Fork bridge with engraved number and HP4 logo.
  • Lightest 1000 supersports bike with four cylinders: 439 lbs (199 kg) 
  • (90% DIN unladen weight).
  • Innovative suspension with Dynamic Damping Control (DDC).
  • Race ABS with IDM setting.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with fine tune adjustment in “Slick” mode.
  • Launch Control.
  • Adapted wheelie detection.
  • New rear wheel tires, 200/55 ZR 17.
  • Shift assistant as standard equipment.
  • Light titanium exhaust system with controlled acoustic valve and resonance pipe.
  • Forged light alloy wheels, anodized in black.
  • Radial monoblock brake calipers by Brembo with special brake pads.
  • 9x floating brake discs at front.
  • Extended, dual-section engine spoiler.
  • Seat in monoposto look with passenger seat cover.
  • Lighter 7 Ah battery.
  • Performance-oriented engine set-up.
  • Increased torque in the medium engine speed range.

Optional Competition Package:

  • Long, closed engine spoiler made of carbon.
  • Sponsor sticker kit included.
  • Wheels in Racing Blue Metallic.
  • HP Carbon badge carrier.
  • HP Carbon tank cover.
  • HP brake lever, hinged.
  • HP clutch lever, hinged
  • HP rider footrest system, adjustable.