BMW C Evolution first ride: "an instant kick of torque"

By MCN -

First rides & tests

 16 August 2012 16:54

The BMW C Evolution is BMW's fully electric scooter which the company hopes will go in to production within the next few years.

The C Evolution makes a claimed 14bhp of continuous output and 46bhp peak output. BMW say the range is 100km during normal city riding, with a top speed of 120kph (74mph).

MCN senior road tester Adam Child rode one of the prototype machines in London and had this to say: "At first BMW’s prototype C evolution appears like any other scooter, very similar to their C600 Sport and 650GT. It’s only when you get close do you realise it’s electric

"The throttle is like a conventional twist grip, power comes in relatively steady at first then kicks hard if you wind the throttle to the stop.

"You can trickle along at walking speed - it just takes a few seconds to get used to. There’s no delay or lag, no gears, just one instant kick of torque from the electric motor. Make no mistake in scooter terms it's quick off the mark. You’d have to be a little careful in the wet in winter as there’s that much instant torque."

The full review of the BMW C Evolution will be in an upcoming issue of MCN.