BMW Concept C. The scooter of the
future made by BMW Motorrad.
years have seen radical changes in the world of individual
mobility, specifically in the conurbations, and the
number of registrations has rocketed for virtually
all individual transport concepts. However, the space
available to traffic has not grown to the same extent,
so individual mobility must come to terms with the
Against this background, BMW Motorrad will be expanding
its present motorcycle adventure world to include
the big scooter. This new product segment will first
give rise to two innovative premium scooters with
internal combustion engines. The differing characteristics
of this concept will appeal to a broad target group.
In addition, some thought is being given to a future
alternative drive with electric motor.
Motorrad will be combining in these scooters the outstanding
handling of the motorcycle with the particular agility
and conceptual comfort of the scooter for the maximum
experience of dynamic riding – a big scooter
made by BMW Motorrad. There are plans to manufacture
these future production vehicles at the BMW Motorrad
plant in Berlin.
BMW Motorrad is continuing its strategy of strong
and sustainable growth and so will be intensifying
its traditional work in the enduro, touring, and sport
touring fields. Following its successful entry to
the super sport segment, BMW Motorrad will now be
expanding its range yet again to include a highly
promising business line.
This path leads straight to the big scooter segment.
These high displacement vehicles with dynamic handling
characteristics have gained considerable popularity
all over the world. Moreover, they present an interesting
alternative to returnees who up to now were undecided
about motorcycles after long periods of abstinence.
New dimension in the field of big scooters.
New ideas and concepts on the subject of two-wheeled
mobility are a decades old tradition at BMW Motorrad.
Countless times, concept studies and drafts have been
presented that reflect the power of innovation and
future orientation of BMW Motorrad.
With its Concept C study, BMW Motorrad is yet again
embarking on a new path and demonstrating a fascinating
mobility option for the future. Here, C stands for
“commuter”. Particularly in view of the
traffic development in urban areas, it presents the
prospect of an innovative, sporty big scooter for
the future premium segment.
As usual at BMW Motorrad, there is more to this
study than just an attempt to present a big scooter
for the highest demands. Rather, the designers and
engineers of BMW Motorrad focused above all on the
emotive component in addition to the technical function
and quality – and the thrill from the very first
Emotion, dynamic handling, and function
in the design.
When unveiling its Concept C at EICMA in Milan,
BMW Motorrad will be directing the maximum possible
emotion to its interpretation of this subject, which
will bear witness to the primary claims of maximum,
all round functionality.
Concept C as a vision of the big scooter is immediately
recognisable as a member of the BMW Motorrad family.
For instance, it also presents the so-called “split
face”, a visual tripartite of dynamic response
extending from the front silhouette to the front wheel
cover and beyond. In the style of highly sporty BMW
Motorrad models, such as the S 1000 RR, Concept C
also features a twin-tipped front spoiler.
Unlike the L shaped side view presented up to now
by big scooters, with their predominantly vertical
body lines and colour scheme, Concept C has ventured
on a new, much more sporty and dynamic path. The body
lines sweeping up to the vehicle’s rear underscore
this big scooter’s active riding character.
The high rear section emphasises the lightness and
agility of Concept C's powerful two-cylinder engine.
Sportiness and dynamism are also underscored by the
close cut, speeder-style windscreen.
The functional side of this scooter is expressed
in stylish design elements, such as the aluminium
look of the bash plates with the air intake adopted
from the BMW GS.
The black chromium of the suspension and frame parts
form a thrilling, dynamic relationship with the aluminium
chromium, silver, and blue paintwork of the body parts.
In addition, the black satin sections present a high-contrast
emphasis on the vehicle’s central area. This
highly technical and high-quality elegance is borne
further by finely worked details, such as the fuel
tank cover reminiscent of aircraft and the short,
sporty muffler. The visionary facet of Concept C is
presented by the tyres with flanks and treads of blue.
Pioneering technology that fuels enthusiasm.
Concept C presents unusual and innovative solutions
that offer a wide prospect of what in future can become
reality in this segment.
For instance, Concept C features a highly complex
monolever mechanism with hollowed-out shaft connected
to a suspension strut visible from the outside. In
this study, front-wheel control takes the form of
an upside down fork.
The stable twin disc brake at the front features
two radial brake callipers that also underscore the
dynamic sportiness of Concept C. In addition, the
single disc brake at the rear and the BMW Motorrad
ABS provide the maximum possible safety during braking
The dynamic and equally comfortable driving force
behind Concept C is provided by a new, two-cylinder
inline engine in conjunction with CVT (continuously
variable transmission). Engine power, torque, and
therefore performance will be moving towards the top
of the segment.
Light is cast on a more distant point in the future
by the LED headlamp integrated into the face panelling.
This future vision is also continued by the deliberate
absence of conventional rear view mirrors, which will
be replaced in Concept C with two video cameras in
the rear. These record the area behind the vehicle
and transfer the images to two LCD monitors in the
cockpit within view of the rider. The road speed,
engine speed, and other data appear on a third LCD
display integrated at the centre of the cockpit.
Perfected rider equipment and stowage space
Concept C also testifies to thoughts and ideas extending
beyond the actual vehicle. In line with the BMW Motorrad
philosophy, a big scooter realised in the Concept
C style will also come with a range of adequate rider
equipment. In the best BMW Motorrad tradition, the
development of a big scooter will also include a suitable
stowage space concept.