What are the most powerful production motorcycles in Malaysia?
There have been many fine examples of high-powered motorcycles here in Malaysia launched in the past few years. Superbikes are definitely on top of the list, and even more so, special limited edition models that were imported in ultra-limited numbers. We're going to list some of the finest examples that you can get your hands on today, together with a few honourable mentions when it comes to the most powerful production motorcycles available here in the country (in no particular order, of course).
2021 BMW S 1000 RR - RM121,500
The latest rendition of the BMW S 1000 RR was launched here in Malaysia back in February 2021. BMW Motorrad Malaysia decided to further elevate its current offering by including the previously optional BMW M Package as standard equipment, which includes M carbon wheels, M sport seat, and the M lightweight battery.
For that price tag, customers will get a very intelligent German superbike powered by a 999cc inline-four engine that produces 207hp at 13,500rpm and 113Nm of torque at 11,000rpm. Truth be told, any motorcycle with over 200hp is already considered very powerful, and one can easily exceed 300km/h if one has enough road and 'cojones' to do so).
If you're willing to wait, we have a strong feeling that BMW Motorrad Malaysia will be bringing the brand's first official M bike, the BMW M 1000 RR. Think of the S 1000 RR, but with wings.
2020 Ducati Panigale V4 - RM132,900 to RM172,000
We've now entered the 'most popular superbike in the world' territory. There's quite a number of Panigale offerings that you can get here in Malaysia, but the most popular is without a doubt the Panigale V4 S. Why? Because it comes with a 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine that's able to churn out 214hp at 13,000rpm and over 120Nm of torque as low as 8,750rpm.
Those power figures can be easily increased with a very expensive set of Akrapovic titanium exhaust (paired with a race ECU kit) which goes up to around 226hp. That's a whole lot power for a bike with only 175kg dry weight. If you want to go even more extreme (and FIM race-approved), go for the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R, but that'll cost you around RM300,000 a pop. It's essentially a lighter and more powerful version of the Panigale V4 S.
The latest version is called the 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP, which will probably make its way into the local market (assumingly at the end of the year). Knowing how Ducati Malaysia works, it'll definitely happen, just like how they brought in the ultra rare Ducati Superleggera V4 priced at RM888,000. That's a whole different story altogether.
2020 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory - RM159,900
Italian manufacturer, Aprilia, has been in the superbike game for a very long time. A lot of fine examples have been produced over the years, but the most powerful model that you can get here in Malaysia is the 2020 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory. It's quite a mouthful, but many expert riders have claimed this superbike to be one of the best money can buy (and it's not even the latest generation model).
What's unique about the Aprilia RSV4 is the fact that it comes with a 1,100cc 65-degree V4 engine that produces 217hp at 13,200rpm and 122Nm of torque at 11,000rpm. To date, only the Aprilia RSV4 and Ducati's Panigale V4 run the V4 engine configuration, which is why enthusiasts love to put these two machines head-to-head. Aprilia Malaysia only brought in a limited number, and we heard that their last unregistered model is currently priced with an RM20,000 discount. Sweet deal?
2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP – RM198,800
Boon Siew Honda is probably the only Japanese manufacturer that has all its big bike offerings readily available here in Malaysia (except for the RM1 million Honda RC213V-S). Sitting on top of that list is the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. When it was launched back in January 2020, Boon Siew Honda priced it at RM198,800, arguably the most expensive Japanese production superbike money can buy in the country.
Designed to bring the heat in their WorldSBK efforts, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP comes ready with a HRC-prepped 1,000cc inline-four engine that is able to produce 215hp @ 14,500rpm and 112.7Nm of maximum torque at 12,500rpm. It's definitely a screamer, but those with deep pockets are able to afford this Japanese beast. Fully-fuelled and ready to go, the Fireblade SP is a lightweight at just 201hp. Try and calculate that power-to-weight ratio.
2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R - RM130,900
Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia is arguably the most hardworking bike distributor here in Malaysia, and they've been selling bikes like hot cakes for the past few years. Their most powerful machine also happens to carry the biggest production engine yet and we all know it as the Triumph Rocket 3 R.
How big? How about a massive 2,500cc inline-three engine? Power output might not be the highest at 165hp, but its 221Nm of gut-wrenching torque enables the rocket to hit 0-100km/h in just 2.7 seconds. And this is not a superbike, folks. No, no, no. It's a muscular roadster that can put some sports bikes to shame.
You can get one of your very own from RM130,900 at any of the authorised showrooms across the country. Another honourable mention that's worth noting is its latest offering, the 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS. This 1,160cc triple-cylinder beauty comes with 177hp and 125Nm, which is more than enough to tackle any spirited rides you can think of, both on and off the track.
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR - RM159,900 (when new)
Back when Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) was active, we were one of the first countries to bring in the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR outside of Japan. Although there were only a limited number of units, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR has proven itself time and time again to be the best superbike in WorldSBK thanks to Kawasaki's world champion, Jonathan Rea.
Powered by a 998cc inline-four engine, the ZX-10RR was able to blast out a maximum of 211hp at 13,500rpm and 115Nm of torque at 11,200rpm when ithe Ram Air system kicks in. There's a reason why Jonathan Rea won five back-to-back WorldSBK titles with Kawasaki, and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR sits right in the middle of it all.
There might be a used unit up for sale, but if you can't get your hands on one, you can still opt for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS, which is a more 'road-friendly' version, but still carries the same Kawasaki superbike punch. This, you can still find some unregistered units at Kawasaki's authorised dealerships across Malaysia.
If you look hard enough, you'll find more fine examples from the likes of Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM, and many more. But what you'll find are even older units, recond bikes, or grey imports. The ones we listed above are the latest models launched dating back to 2019 (which is still considered fairly new in our books). Nevertheless, these machines are indeed powerful to suit any style, taste, and preference. Which one is your favourite?