BMW Motorrad entered the twist-and-go mobility market for 2013 with a pair of 647cc maxi-scooters, the C 650 GT and the C 600 Sport (despite the numerical difference in the model designations, they were powered by the same engine). Fast, stylish and feature-laden, they were aimed at urban dwellers who wanted the fun, convenience, compactness and fuel efficiency of a two-wheeler.
Both models were updated for 2016, and they both now use 650 in their appellations. As their names imply, the C 650 GT is geared toward longer rides and has more touring features while the C 650 Sport is lighter and has a more dynamic riding position. The liquid-cooled, 647cc parallel twin that powers them both is rated at 60 crankshaft horsepower at 7,500 rpm. Engine mapping was reworked to meet the latest emissions regulations, and a new exhaust improves the look and sound. Thanks to new clutch linings, revised ratios and different centrifugal force weights, the CVT transmission has better clutch engagement and snappier off-the-line response.
As before, the C 650 GT and C 650 Sport use a hybrid composite chassis consisting of a tubular-steel bridge frame and a die-cast aluminum section near the swingarm bearing. Rear suspension travel remains 4.5 inches, but damping settings were revised for a better balance between comfort and sport. Triple-disc brakes are backed up by standard ABS and the addition of standard ASC (traction control).
The C 650 Sport wears all-new, more angular bodywork while the C 650 GT gets a minor styling update, with new rear side trim panels and a new rear taillight. Both models also get new instrument panels, new handlebar trim and an easier-to-use centerstand. The C 650 Sport will be available in Valencia Orange metallic matte, Lightwhite non-metallic and Blackstorm metallic. The C 650 GT will be available in Blackstorm metallic, Frozen Bronze metallic and Lightwhite non-metallic. Both scooters should be in BMW dealerships in the first quarter of 2016; pricing is TBD.