Launch: Enter the BMW C 650 Sport and BMW C 650 GTPOSTED BY Amirul Hazmi ON 04 April 2016
Both models come with a host of safety features and are priced at RM64,900 and RM68,900 respectively
BMW Group Malaysia has introduced its latest motorcycles to the family of BMW Motorrad Malaysia, the BMW C 650 Sport and BMW C 650 GT.
Combining practicality with maximum riding fun and touring comfort, the new motorcycles are perfect for the city and urban environment.
BMW Group Malaysia managing director & CEO Han Sang Yun said, “The premium motorcycle segment in Malaysia has been growing steadily over the last two years and the introduction of the new BMW C 650 Sport and BMW C 650 GT will offer motorcycle enthusiasts here more choices of easy two-wheeled mobility solutions for everyday or weekend use.”
The more modern, dynamic and future-oriented design integrates seamlessly into the BMW Motorrad design philosophy for the BMW C 650 Sport. In contrast, the BMW C 650 GT featured in the sub-comfort segment, where it has been fine-tuned with new rear side trim panels and a new rear light unit.
BMW Group Malaysia head of BMW Motorrad Owen Riley said, “The differing conceptual emphasis of each new maxi scooters enables a broader target group to be addressed than before. The new BMW C 650 Sport is geared towards riders with a sporty bent while the new BMW C 650 GT sets its sights on those who attach greater importance to comfort and touring ability.”
Drivetrain – optimised with new exhaust system for a more active riding experience
Both the new BMW C 650 Sport and BMW C 650 GT draw their power from the distinctive, liquid-cooled four-valved two-cylinder engine with 647cc and electronic fuel injection. This optimised drivetrain set-up ensures a dynamic propulsion in the new maxi scooters, both with a rated output of 60hp at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 63Nm at 6,000rpm.
The two-cylinder in-line engine is able to achieve optimum thermal balance due to the sophisticated cooling concept which directs coolant to flow transversely through the cylinder head and pushes it to enter the front of the cylinder head on the hot exhaust side.
The newly-redesigned CVT transmission set-up in conjunction with new clutch linings enables clutch engagement and therefore giving a more dynamic response.
Design – modern design for the C 650 Sport and detailed stylistic fine-tuning for the C 650 GT
The new BMW C 650 Sport features completely redesigned body parts while the new BMW C 650 GT has a redesigned tail section with rear trim panels on the left, right and centre, as well as new rear lights. The mounting of the rear mirrors has also been optimised in the new BMW C 650 GT to ensure that the rider has a good rear view in all conditions.
Both the new BMW C 650 Sport and BMW C 650 GT also feature newly designed instrument dials and handlebar trims complete with a high-gloss centre section and chrome applications that can tailor the vehicle to individual needs.
Ride – new suspension and damping setup for improved comfort
The C 650 Sport and C 650 GT maintains the torsionally-rigid hybrid composite structure comprising of a tubular steel bridge frame and a die-cast aluminium unit in the area of the swinging arm bearing.
The mounting of the light alloy cast single-sided swinging arm with coaxial pivot point also addresses the desire for maximum ride stability that allows the new BMW C 650 Sport and BMW C 650 GT to combine solid directional stability at high speeds.
Safety – ABS and ASC as standard
A fully-fledged automatic stability control (ASC) is also featured as standard. By actively intervening in the engine management when necessary, ASC increases rider safety particularly in situations where road conditions are hard to judge.
Both models are available in colours of Blackstorm Metallic and Lightwhite Solid Paint, while Valencia Metallic Matt and Frozen Bronze Metallic are exclusive colours to the new BMW C 650 Sport and C 650 GT respectively.
By: Amirul Hazmi