BMW MOTORRAD VISION DC ROADSTER
BMW started in 1923 with its boxer engine, a radical design by Max Friz that launched the brand’s motorcycles, and allowed for smooth performance and active cooling of the horizontally opposed cylinders.
They’ve developed an electric concept that has a nod to that design with outboard active cooling modules.
“The boxer engine is the heart of BMW Motorrad—an absolute stalwart of its character. But BMW Motorrad stands for visionary zero-emissions vehicle concepts, too. In view of this, one question that arises is, ‘What would happen if we were to replace the boxer engine with an electric motor and the required battery?’ The Vision Bike shows how we’re able to retain the identity and iconic appearance of BMW Motorrad in distinctive form while at the same time presenting an exciting new type of riding pleasure,” said Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad. “After all, anyone who’s ever tried it out in practice knows very well that riding on two wheels is just as exciting when it’s electrically powered! The high level of torque right at set-off makes for breathtaking acceleration. This almost brutal power delivery creates a whole new experience of dynamic performance. And the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster puts a face to this experience.”
It isn’t as much a prototype as a concept for now. BMW is investing heavily in electric technology across its vehicle platforms, with two electric cars already in production. This concept looks really modern and cool, especially with the homage to BMW bikes throughout their history, so we expect a production e-motorcycle is in the works.
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