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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Genuinely sporty for a scooter, with a claimed 108 top speed, sharp handling and aggressive styling. Well equipped, with ABS and a manually adjustable screen as standard, plus two glove boxes and a clever expandable under-seat compartment. Optional heated grips and seat available in a ‘Highline’ version for an extra £850. Much sportier than the C650 GT touring model despite sharing a chassis and engine. Production delayed after MCN reported the glove box doors felt cheap and one opened when supposedly locked. Pricey.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Powerful (for a scooter) with a very motorbike-like throaty roar. The 647cc parallel twin is produced by Kymco but BMW insists it’s to its own specifications and standards. Throttle response is good for a twist-and-go, with only a slight delay.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Sporty and nimble. Different ergonomics give it a sportier riding position than the bulkier C650 GT. You might even forget you’re on a scooter. Brakes and suspension are more than up to the job.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Excellent for a scooter, with ABS and an easy-to-operate manually adjustable screen as standard. There are two small glove boxes, one lockable, and a clever expandable under-seat compartment, creating a slim-line tail section when in motion and space for two-full face lids when stopped.  A ‘Highline’ version is available with heated grips, seat and LED daytime running lights – for an eye-watering extra £850. 

BMW C600 Sport (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,495
Dealer used prices
£6,280 (2013) - £6,900 (2013)
Private used prices
£5,650 (2013) - £6,210 (2013)
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Engine size 647 cc
Power 60 bhp
Top speed 108 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 2
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 2
Value rating is 2 rating is 2

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2

Production delayed after MCN reported the glove box doors felt cheap, and one opened when supposedly locked. The petrol filler cap also seemed flimsy for a machine of this price. Hopefully, when it eventually goes on sale, this will have been addressed. Reliability as yet unknown.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2

It’s the most expensive scooter yet bar its brother, the C650GT. Suzuki’s 650 Burgman Executive has heated grips, seat, electric screen and 110mph+ performance for £1200 less. BMW might shift a few in the southern Europe but the C600 Sport is unlikely break any sales records in the UK.

Insurance

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Model History

2012: Model introduced

Other Versions

C650GT. The same engine and chassis but with more bulk and different ergonomics, resulting in what feels like a completely different, more touring-focussed machine.

Specifications

Top speed 108 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Weight 249 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 58.8 mpg
Tank range 206 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 647 cc
Engine specification Liquid cooled 647cc (79mmx66mm) four-valve parallel twin. CVT transmission, enclosed chain-in-oil-bath final drive.
Frame Aluminium bridge frame with aluminium rear frame bolted on.
Front suspension adjustment Upside down 40mm fork with 115mm travel.
Rear suspension adjustment Cast single-sided swingarm with single rear shock, 115mm travel.
Front brakes Twin 270mm discs with double-piston floating calipers.
Rear brake Single 270mm disc with double piston floating caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 R15
Rear tyre size 160/60 R15

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 2.5(1 review)

  • Badly built

    Odaw

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    You'd not expect this from BMW but the quality of the plastic, the fitting, the finish of metal and plastic parts are all of quite bad quality. My Yamaha Xmax 250 costs less than half the price and has a much better built quality. I've given up switching. Maybe next generation will be better... Very disappointing!

    22 September 2012

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peterbala

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Actually Kymco is not a cheap Chinese copy. And I think its good BMW chose Kymco to make their engines. They used to manufactor parts for Honda and have been making bikes and scooters for over 30 years. Also they make 500cc scooters which have been available for over 5 years!!!As a bike trader I came acrooss all brands and some of Kymco scooters are as good as Japanese. But obviously if you dont try it you wont know it. Now a days most of big brands use components and parts made in far east to cut their expenses and Im sure BMW wouldnt make a cheap Chines scooter like.....

21 October 2012 08:22

motosnape

motosnapesays

Chinese...

So, BMW have the engine built by the cheap and cheerful Chinese, I assume in order to save money...then make it the most expensive scooter on the market. Not amused, it's a European marque, which should mean European jobs. STOP selling out to the Chinese, particularly with their attitude to human rights...

10 June 2012 10:20

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