Ducati and BMW developing scooters

Published: 15 July 2009

Ducati is developing a performance scooter according to its Australian importer – and BMW’s next scooter will be electric, a Spanish magazine claims.

The revelation of Ducati’s plans to enter the twist-and-go market came from Warren Lee, CEO of Australian Ducati importer NF Importers in an interview with the Courier Mail, an Australian newspaper.

He told the newspaper: “Ducati is looking at a scooter, but a high-performance model, not a 50cc price driven thing. It’s on the backburner at the moment. Maybe after 2010. It’s just simmering at the moment.”

Soloscooter.com is also claiming insiders say the widely-rumoured BMW scooter will in fact be powered by an electric engine rather than a large petrol engine of its own design or bought from Rotax as previously suggested in some reports.

It claims a 2010 unveiling with bike going on sale in 2011.