As expected, BMW introduced two new maxi-scooters today at the EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) in Milan, Italy. The C600 Sport and the C650GT are BMW Motorrad’s attempt to fight the challenges of inner-city traffic, rising energy costs, and greater CO2 regulations. It’s also an expansion of their model range into what BMW Motorrad calls the urban mobility sector. These scooters are expected to combine the riding properties of a motorcycle with the agility and comfort of a scooter. The new maxi scooters will be built at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.
BMW’s press describes the new vehicles below:
The differing characteristics of the concepts behind these two maxi scooters appeal to a wide target group: the C600 Sport for the riders with sports ambitions, and the C650GT for customers attaching greater importance to comfort and touring ability.
The 2-cylinder inline engine of the C600 Sport and C650GT is an all new development by BMW Motorrad with a displacement of 647cc. In both models, its rated power output is 44 kW (60 hp) at 7500 rpm, and its max torque of 66 Nm [48.7 ft-lb] is available at 6000 rpm. The power is transferred via a directly integrated CVT, or continuously variable transmission.
The engine owes its low position and therefore low center of gravity to its cylinder bank, which is inclined to the front through 70°. The characteristic sound and low vibration levels are the result of the 90° crank pin offset, 270° ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts driven by spur gears.
An electronic fuel injection system supplies the four valves under the two overhead camshafts. Oil is supplied from a dry sump with double oil pump, and an efficient cooling concept optimizes the thermal equilibrium in the 2-cylinder engine.
The exhaust system is made completely of stainless steel and complies with motorcycle specifications. Fitted with a closed loop catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor, the C600 Sport and C650 GT fulfill today the Euro-4 emission limits of tomorrow.
One objective in the development of the C600 Sport and C650GT was to combine directional stability at high speeds on the motorway with playful handling in city traffic and clear feedback to the rider – just like a motorcycle.
Accordingly, the design of the C600 Sport and C650GT suspension features a torsionally rigid hybrid interconnection of a tubular steel bridge frame and a diecast aluminum unit at the swingarm bearing. In addition, the 2-cylinder inline engine functions as a bearing element, presenting a particularly rigid construction for stable and high precision response.
The greatest possible riding stability is also provided by the bearing for the cast light-alloy single swingarm with coaxial center of rotation.
Also the suspension elements fulfill more fastidious needs for sporting character and comfort. At the front, an upside down fork presents a generous fixed fork diameter of 40 mm [1.57 in.]. The tail presents a reclining spring strut on the left side. The spring travels are each 115 mm [4.53 in.], as they also occur quite commonly on the motorcycle sector. Also the tire widths and cross sections of the C600 Sport and the C650GT are aligned to motorcycle dimensions.
Powerful braking system with BMW Motorrad ABS fitted as standard.
The new C600 Sport and C650GT are fitted with a generously sized braking system consisting of a two-rotor disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, each 270 mm [10.6 in.] in diameter. At the same time, the BMW Motorrad ABS fitted as standard ensures maximum possible safety.
The instrument cluster of the C600 Sport and C650GT presents a large, easily readable LCD display with integrated engine speed readout and an analog speedometer. The instrument cluster presents considerably more functions than usual in this vehicle class.
For the first time, BMW Motorrad is also offering an LED daytime running light as an optional equipment feature on its C600 Sport and C650GT.
The FlexCase for the C600 Sport is an innovative storage space concept. A flap in the tail base under the seat enlarges the storage space on the stationary vehicle. This can be used e.g. to hold two helmets.
The differences between the C600 Sport and the C650GT at a glance
The sporty, dynamic scooter BMW C600 Sport is characterized by a seat positioned for extremely active riding. This was made possible by the arrangement of the foot boards, seat, and handlebar in an ergonomic triangle. More fastidious needs for touring and long distance capabilities, on the other hand, are fulfilled by the luxurious C650GT. The rider and passenger can therefore adopt a more relaxed sitting posture that is highly appreciated especially over long stretches. The ergonomics designed for even greater passenger capability and comfort can be felt in particular on a more comfortable seat with adjustable backrest for the rider in conjunction with a higher handlebar and comfortable floor boards in lieu of separate footrests for the passenger. In addition, the C650GT presents a larger, powered windscreen for even better protection against wind and weather.
- C600 Sport with dynamic seat position as a result of flatter handlebar, sporty seat design for both one and two persons, and sporty footrests for the passenger; seat height 810 mm [31.9 in].
- C650GT with emphatically comfortable seat position as a result of higher handlebar, more comfortable and larger seat with adjustable backrest for the rider, and foot boards for the passenger as well; seat height 780 mm [30.7 in.].
- C600 Sport with windscreen adjustable mechanically to three positions.
- C650GT with larger windscreen adjustable electrically over 10 cm [3.9 in.] for even greater comfort and protection from wind and weather.
Body and design
- C600 Sport with sporty, spartan panels. The lean tail with the dynamic upswing and emphatic body edges lend it lightness and dynamics.
- C650GT with an organic design language emphasizing comfort attributes. Generously sized panel parts for outstanding comfort and protection against wind and weather.
- C600 Sport: front turn indicators integrated in the paneling, twin circular headlights with two side lights on the left and right, LED rear light cluster with single turn indicators
- C650GT: front turn indicators integrated in the mirrors, twin circular headlights with side lights between them presenting a vertical light strip of three elements, LED rear light cluster with integrated turn indicators.
- C600 Sport with world premiere FlexCase and hence variable storage space concept in the tail under the seat. Despite its sporty, spartan tail section, two helmets can be easily stowed in the parked vehicle.
- C650GT with a large storage space of about 60 liters in the tail for taking two helmets and other utilities.
- C600 Sport: Cosmic blue metallic matt, Titanium silver metallic, Sapphire black metallic
- C650GT: Sapphire black metallic, Platinum bronze metallic, Vermilion red metallic