BMW has brought in its C 400 GT middleweight maxi-scooter in the Indian two-wheeler market. Launched at Rs 9.95 lakh, the new BMW C 400 GT is one exclusive premium scooter, which will be brought in limited numbers through the CBU route. Almost 100 pre-bookings of the BMW C 400 GT have already been received by BMW Motorrad.
Variants and Pricing
The BMW C 400 GT has been launched in only one variant, which is available at Rs 9.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The exorbitant pricing of the scooter is because it is brought to India via the CBU route. There are only two paint schemes on offer for the BMW C 400 GT – Alpine White and Style Triple Black.
Design and Features
The BMW C 400 GT follows the suite of the current maxi-scooters in India like Yamaha Aerox 155, Aprilia SXR 160 and Suzuki Burgman Street. However, unlike others, the BMW C 400 GT is a proper maxi-scooter with huge dimensions, busy styling and all European design with high-quality fit and finish levels.
The new BMW C 400 GT has an immense road presence with a tall stance and wide bodywork, thanks to elements like large body panels, tall and adjustable transparent front windscreen, stepped split-theme large seats, pulled back handlebar, split pillion grab rails and upswept exhaust.
Maintaining its stature of a proper and premium maxi-scooter, the BMW C 400 GT gets rich features like all-LED headlamps, tail lamp and front and rear turn indicators, daytime running LEDs, keyless ignition, flexible under-seat storage compartment, a full TFT instrument console with Bluetooth compatibility, premium switchgear, engine immobilizer and 12V charging socket.
The BMW C 400 GT gets a single-cylinder, water-cooled, 350cc engine, which now holds the title of biggest and most powerful scooter engine in the country today. The engine is completely different from that of the G 310 R and G 310 GS. Coupled to a stepless CVT gearbox, the engine is capable of producing 34 bhp @ 7,500 rpm of maximum power and 35 Nm @ 5,750 rpm of maximum torque. BMW claims a top speed of 139 kmph.
The BMW C 400 GT looks bulbous and its unladen weight of 214 kg supports this fact. The scooter gets a suspension combination of conventional hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and dual spring-loaded shock absorbers at the rear. The scooter rides on a 15-inch front wheel and 14-inch rear wheel, with 12070 R15 front tyre and 150/70 R14 rear tyre. The scooter has a 12.8-litre fuel tank, which is the biggest among all the scooters. The scooter also gets a premium braking setup with dual discs with four-piston callipers at the front and a single disc with a single-piston calliper at the rear. This braking setup is complemented with premium aids like dual-channel ABS and automatic stability control.
The BMW C 400 GT has no direct competition, for it is the only ultra-premium and expensive scooter in India for the time being. However, this is not the first time that India has received a powerful maxi-scooter, for Aprilia did bring in the SRV 850 few years ago.