Tuesday, November 2, 2010

BMW Unveils Concept C Scooter, will Spawn Production Model

At the annual Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA), BMW Motorrad unveiled the Concept C (C standing for "commuter"), a big scooter that is set to expand the German manufacturer's motorcycle line-up and offer an alternative method of transportation in congested urban areas. This segment could be very lucrative for BMW, as registrations for individual transport vehicles have skyrocketed in recent years.

The concept model will spawn two production versions with internal combustion engines and possibly even an all-electric variant in the very near future, though no details on availability or pricing have been released yet.

Featuring a metallic gray paintjob, with chrome and blue accents, the Concept C presents quite a few unusual and innovative engineering solutions in this segment, like the complex monolever mechanism with hollowed-out shaft, twin disc brakes with ABS and CVT gearbox.

The technological tour de force continues with an LED headlamp and two video cameras, replacing the conventional rear view mirrors.

From a design standpoint, the Concept C is immediately recognizable as member of the BMW Motorrad family. This was achieved by borrowing design cues from various motorcycle models (S 1000 RR, GS Series).

The production models will also come with a range of matching rider and stowage equipment.By Csaba Daradics


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