The New BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT

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New Maxi Scooters For Dynamic Riding.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 10, 2011…  Urban areas are facing challenges such as growing traffic volume,  rising energy costs, and greater CO2 regulations, requiring drastic  changes for individual mobility concepts.

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The BMW Group has recognized these challenges and is developing  solutions for the mobility needs of today and tomorrow.  As an  integral part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad is also dealing with the  issues of individual mobility and the future needs of customers,  expanding its business activities to include urban mobility.


Among its first offerings in urban mobility, BMW Motorrad will be  presenting two premium vehicles in the maxi scooter segment. The BMW C  600 Sport and the BMW C 650 GT combine the outstanding riding  properties of a motorcycle with the precise agility and comfort of a  scooter for a new kind of dynamic riding experience.

The new maxi scooters will be built at the same BMW Motorrad plant in  Berlin where the current line of BMW motorcycles are assembled.

Two dynamic maxi scooters for sport and touring.

The differing characteristics of these two maxi scooters appeal to a  wide target group: the C 600 Sport for riders who desire a more  aggressive and sporty ride and the C 650 GT for customers seeking  touring comfort on long distance rides.

Both the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT present the unique design  concept of BMW Motorrad, setting a new benchmark for this category.   Modern and dynamic, they are the perfect examples of the BMW  Motorrad design philosophy.

Powerful two-cylinder inline engine with CVT and characteristic sound. 

The two-cylinder inline engine of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT is an  all-new development by BMW Motorrad with a displacement of  647 cc. In both models, its rated power output is 60 hp at  7,500 rpm, and its max torque of 49 lb-ft is available at  6,000 rpm. The power is transferred via a directly integrated  CVT, or continuously variable transmission.

With a low center of gravity, the engine is inclined 70° to the  front. 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 two-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 C 600 Sport and C 650 GT fulfill today the Euro-4 emission limits of tomorrow.

Suspension with agility and premium riding stability.

One objective in the development of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT was  to combine directional stability at high speeds on rural highways with  agility in city traffic – and clear feedback to the rider – just like  a motorcycle.

The design of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT suspension features a  torsionally rigid hybrid combination of tubular steel bridge frame and  diecast aluminum. In addition, the load bearing two-cylinder inline  engine offers a particularly rigid construction for stable and high  precision response.

Riding stability is enhanced by the cast light-alloy single swingarm  with coaxial center of rotation. The suspension provides a sporty yet  comfortable ride using an upside down front fork with a tube diameter  of 1.57 inches and a reclining spring strut on the left side. The  spring travel for both are 4.5 inches – similar to what is  commonly seen on motorcycles.  The tire widths of the C 600 Sport  and the C 650 GT are also similar to motorcycle tire dimensions.

Powerful braking system with standard BMW Motorrad ABS.

The new C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are equipped 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 10.6 inches (270 mm) in diameter.   The standard BMW Motorrad ABS ensures maximum possible safety.

Multifunctional instrument cluster.

The instrument cluster of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT offers a  large, easily readable LCD display with integrated engine speed  readout and an analog speedometer with considerably more functions  than usual in this vehicle class.

C 600 Sport with the world premiere FlexCase.

The FlexCase for the C 600 Sport is an innovative storage space  concept.  A flap under the seat enlarges the storage space when  the scooter is parked. This can be used, for example, to hold two helmets.

The highlights at a glance

  • The most powerful and efficient engine  of its class.
  • Two-cylinder inline engine with  high torque and CVT (continuously variable transmission).
  • Compact engine design with dry  sump lubrication.
  • Power output 60 hp at  7,500 rpm, max torque 49 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm.
  • Dynamic sound and low  vibration levels from the 90° crank pin offset, 270 ignition timing, and  two balancer shafts.
  • Low fuel consumption and low  emissions from the electronic fuel injection and closed loop catalytic converter.
  • Suspension concept similar to a  motorcycle; particularly rigid and stable suspension system of tubular  steel bridge frame and diecast aluminum housing at the swingarm bearing.
  • Strong upside down fork with  1.57 inch (40 mm) tube diameter.
  • Swingarm with wide bearing base  and reclining spring strut on the side.
  • Swingarm’s center of rotation  coaxial with the output shaft offers constant chain tension with  improved drivetrain lash.
  • Low maintenance, enclosed  secondary drive via roller chain in oil bath.
  • High level of active safety from  the standard dual link ABS braking system.
  • Parking brake engaged  automatically via the side stand.
  • Multifunctional instrument  cluster with onboard computer.
  • Generously sized storage space.  C 600 Sport with the world premiere FlexCase innovative space concept.
  • Electrically adjustable (C 650  GT) or manually adjustable (C 600 Sport) windscreen for  optimal protection against  wind and weather.
  • Three available colors for each model.
  • Extensive BMW Motorrad equipment  and custom accessories.

The differences between the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT at a glance

The sporty, dynamic scooter – BMW C 600 Sport – has a seat positioned  for active riding with the foot boards, seat, and handlebar in an  ergonomic triangle. The BMW C 650 GT offers an alternative for riders  who prefer touring and long distance comfort. The rider and passenger  are positioned in a relaxed sitting posture that is suited to  especially long stretches.

An adjustable seat backrest for the rider,  a higher handlebar and floor boards instead of separate footrests  offer greater passenger comfort. In addition, the C 650 GT offers a  larger, electrically adjustable windscreen for improved protection  against wind and weather.


  • C 600 Sport with sporty seat  position and flatter handlebar – seat height 31.8 inches, footrests  for the passenger.
  • C 650 GT with comfortable  touring seat position and higher handlebar, larger seat with  adjustable backrest for the rider, and foot boards for the passenger –   seat height of 30.7 inches.


  • C 600 Sport with windscreen  mechanically adjustable to three positions.
  • C 650 GT with larger windscreen  electrically adjustable over 3.9 inches for additional protection from wind and weather.

Body and design

  • C 600 Sport with clean sporty  panels. The dynamic upswept tail section and body edges create   the perception of simplicity and lightweight.
  • C 650 GT offers outstanding  comfort and protection against wind and weather.

Headlights, turn indicators, rear light

  • C 600 Sport: front turn  indicators integrated in the fairing, twin circular headlights  and LED rear light  assembly with single turn indicators
  • C 650 GT: front turn indicators  integrated in the mirrors, twin circular headlights and LED rear light  assembly with integrated turn indicators.

Storage space

  • C 600 Sport with world premiere  and innovative FlexCase.  Provides variable storage space under  the seat. Two helmets can be easily stored in the parked vehicle.
  • C 650 GT with a large storage  space of approximately 2.1 cubic feet for storing two helmets and  additional items.


  • C 600 Sport:
  • Cosmic blue  metallic matt
  • Titanium  silver metallic
  • Sapphire  black metallic
  • C 650 GT:
    • Sapphire black metallic
    • Platinum  bronze metallic
    • Vermilion red  metallic

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