An S1000RR without its mighty roar when revved to the redline may sound a bit strange, but trust us, the Bavarian electric superbike is real.
The house of Munich crammed batteries and a motor underneath the bodywork of a regular S1000RR, so from afar, the eRR looks like the gas-powered superbike. It may take you several good seconds to observe that the silencer is missing, and then your eyes will most likely be as big as they get.
No tech specs are available at the moment, but the bike surely looks like it can give its competition a hard time
Most of the electric superbikes pack around 200 horsepower, and the eRR might do the same. Still, thanks to the instantaneous torque deployment, 200 electric horsies feel much meaner than 200 petrol-generated ones. With 199 hp, the S1000RR had to bow in respect to the C evolution when it comes to the initial stage of the acceleration. And if you don’t believe us, here’s Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad telling the story.
“Since their market launch, the RR is giving the creeps to motorsport athletes. If acceleration, handling or topspeed – the RR is setting standards. However, if acceleration on the first metres, up to 50, 60 kph, is the point, the RR’s 199 bhp have to admit defeat by another BMW product: the C evolution with its electric drive.
“We asked ourselves: What happens when combining a sport motorcycle and an electric drive? The experimental vehicle eRR brings the topic zero emission and electric drive on a new, more fascinating level,” Mr Schaller says.
The eRR figures will be announced at a later date, BMW Motorrad tells us. EICMA 2015 is scheduled for the next week. Could “a later date” mean the Milan show? Stay with us to find out, as we’re packing for Italy.