BMW reveals their all-new middleweight C400X scooter sporting 34 hp and an edgy design we fell in love with. If the price is right, this one will sell like hot cakes.
C400X is the newest addition in Zie Germanz’ scooter line-up, and it looks truly spectacular. We knew middleweight scooters were coming for some time, but the final product exceeds our expectations. If anything, we’d say that BMW is taking huge steps towards in the design of future of mobility, as the C400X truly looks like a two-wheeler from the future.
Riders with an inclination towards round, fluid shapes may find it a tad too Spartan and sober, but the design language used by House Munich tells a story of agility and strength, at least in our books. C400X was conceived as a smaller alternative to the already classic C600 and C650 maxi-scooters, retaining affordability and traffic-slicing abilities while offering top-notch performance in a package without compromise. And with a serious R1200GSA styling infusion…
Full LED lighting, an iconic asymmetric headlight with the classic Y-shaped DRL, lots of muscle and the latest electronic technologies shake hands to make the BMW C400X one of the most appealing middleweight scooters to date.
The Euro 4 engine is a 350cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4-valve cylinder, with overhead camshaft and rocker arm, producing a no-nonsense 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and 35 Nm @ 6,000 revs. Transmission uses a centrifugal dry clutch mated to a stepless CVT gearbox with gearwheel drive. C400X can reach 139 km/h (86 mph) and has a 3.5 L/100 km (67.2 mpg) fuel efficiency.
The frame is made from steel tubing with a die cast aluminium unit, joined by a double-sided aluminium swingarm with adjustable preload. The 35mm fork loads a 15” front wheel, while the rear rim is a 14” one. Stopping power comes from dual 265mm rotors with 4-pot calipers and a single 265mm rear disc with a single-piston caliper. ABS and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) are standard.
Ex-works, customers can choose the BMW Motorrad Connectivity package that seamlessly integrates their smartphone with the C400X. A multi-controller allows them to browse the phone agenda, take calls, choose their favorite music or navigate, with all the info showed on the scooter’s vivid 6.5” TFT display. The only thing that’s missing is the electrically-adjustable windshield, but we figure that price-related considerations left it behind.
The BMW C400X comes with underseat and front storage and weighs 193 kg (426 lb) dry, with a 12.8-liter tank adding to this figure. C400X will be available in dealerships at the end of June, but we still haven’t heard anything about the price. Feel free to guess it, we’re betting on a €5,990 price tag.
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