Vision DC Roadster is a prototype, which vividly shows, how BMW motorbikes of the future are going to look like. 

BMW is one of those brands, which in the motorcycling world present even longer than in automotive world. And from very beginnings, one of the trademarks of brand's motorcycles were two-cylinder boxer engines. This is now already a thing for more than 90 years. So what if...?

Well, what if BMW would have to abandon their distinctive petrol engine and replace it with cleaner, more economical electric engine? Serious question that is becoming more and more important in the light of electric mobility. Yet, BMW has the answer and one where not much compromises has been made. Too bad it is (for now) only a concept.

Vision DC Roadster is its full name and even though it is an electric motorbike, its still boasts an image, typical for every other BMW motorbike. Thanks to compact dimensions of electric motor, hidden under the, what was once fuel tank they could manipulate with other components in any way they want.

“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,” explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad. 

June 25, 2019 Driving photo: BMW

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