At a recent trade show in Italy, BMW’s motorcycle division showcased a new scooter concept, dubbed the Concept C. It appears that BMW is refocusing its energies on selling scooters. BMW had displayed a Mini-branded electric scooter at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The “C” nomenclature isn’t just a reference to the C1, BMW's previous scooter venture.
The company said that the “C” stands for commuters. BMW considers these small, efficient two-wheelers as a terrific means for personal transportation in congested urban areas.
Scooters have actually been around for at least 50 years, providing mobility to users throughout the world. But typically, scooters aren’t known for excelling in performance or design.
BMW has yet to disclose the mechanical specifications for this bike but it’s fairly obvious that BMW is moving away from the cutesy, retro models in Piaggio's Vespa line. Up front, the Concept C carries the brand's traditional split-face design.
It also features design cues borrowed from BMW’s GS dual-sport line and from the S1000 RR sport bike. These are stylish but still, the Concept C doesn't integrate the innovative rollover protection structure used on the innovative C1.
Mini has yet to decide if it will proceed to producing its scooter concepts. But BMW has already confirmed that the Concept C has gotten the go-signal for production. BMW said that its motorcycle plant near Berlin will build two different gasoline-powered versions.
BMW is still thinking about the possibility of building an electric version (which might tie into its Project i initiative). So far, BMW has yet to determine the launch date or its markets.