At 2010 EICMA show in Milan, BMW unveiled their first Concept C scooter. Marketed under the Joy In The City slogan, the BMW scooter represents another step for the automaker towards sustainable mobility. “C” letter stands for commuter and the new Concept is a study of a sporty premium scooter that previews the brand’s enter in the big scooter segment.
In the near future, BMW Motorrad division plans to launch two premium models of the the Concept C both with internal combustion engines.
BMW Concept C incorporated many design elements from Motorrad models, including the “split face” with integrated LED headlamp. A tipped front spoiler is inspired from motorcycles, such as the S 1000 RR.
Unlike the L-shaped profile of most big scooters with their predominantly vertical body lines and colour scheme, the Concept’s body lines sweep up to the rear, forming a “high-tail” rear section that emphasises lightness and agility.
Its sportiness is also underscored by a superbike-style windscreen, the aluminium look of the bash plates and the air intake adopted from the BMW GS.
The color scheme is characterized by a combination of aluminum, chromium and satin black, silver and blue paintwork, used for the seat stitching, the tires treads and flanks and some semi-hidden surfaces.
Additional details include the aircraft-inspired fuel tank cover and the short, sporty muffler.
The front suspension is by inverted cartridge forks while rear-wheel travel is modulated by a complex monolever mechanism with a hollowed-out shaft connected to an external suspension strut.
Braking is taken care of by dual front discs with GP-style, radial-mount callipers and a single rear disc with BMW’s proven antilock braking system.
At the moment, BMW has not shared any details around the engine specs nor performance details, all we know at the moment is that the Concept C is powered by a two-cylinder inline engine coupled with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) system.
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