If you’ve been around enough car shows then you probably know that most of them also feature a number of motorcycle premieres, either in a special section or directly on the main floor at a company stand.
With BMW, that has never been much of a hassle, as it builds both cars and bikes, and thus it was only natural to bring many of the lattter to Frankfurt this year including a spectacular, all-electric concept.
BMW Vision DC Roadster
Unveiled in June, the Vision DC Roadster is a fully electric concept build from lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum.
The reason why it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie is because, well, it really suits its characteristics. Not only does it feature a large battery pack with metallic cooling ribs on each side, but also an electric motor shaped like a cylinder positioned right underneath. While BMW didn’t disclose its specs, it did claim that the concept delivers a “high level of torque right at set-off” that results in “breathtaking acceleration.”
Other noteworthy features include U-shaped LED DRLs, two compact LEDs for the high and low beams, a LED brake light, minimalist digital instrument cluster, brushed aluminum accents and special Metzeler tires with integrated fluorescent elements.
BMW R nineT
The R nineT is the flagship of BMW’s heritage family, featuring ABS as standard, as well as a 4-stroke flat-twin engine with 110 PS (108 HP) and 86 lb-ft (116 Nm) of torque. Those figures are good enough to get you over 125 mph (201 km/h).
This particular example is wearing an Option 719 Mars Red Metallic Matte/Cosmic Blue Metallic Matte paint and boasts an end piece that can be easily disassembled, so you can either go for a solo look or something more accommodating in case someone else wants to tag along.
The R nineT has dual disc brakes, a LED taillight, multifunction display, on-board computer, power socket, upside-down forks with adjustable compression/rebound damping and more.
BMW C Evolution
Bavaria’s electric scooter may not be the fastest thing on the road, but it does have a range of 99 miles (160 km). Its total power output is 48 PS (47 HP) and 53 lb-ft (72 Nm), which allows you to hit an electronically limited top speed of 80 mph (128 km/h) – more than adequate for an urban environment.
Its air-cooled lithium-ion battery can be recharged to 100% in 9 hours and 20 minutes using a 110 V charger, and 4 hours and 30 minutes with a 220 V one.
The C Evolution also comes with an adjustable rear suspension, four Ride Modes (Road/Eco Pro/Dynamic/Sail), reverse assist, LED rear light, CVT gearbox, kickstand with Parking Brake Actuator, illuminated storage compartment and, of course, ABS as mandated by EU legislation.