Almost a decade after it's initial failed entry into scooterville, BMW is showing off a prototype of an updated version of the scooter, complete with a roll bar. The intention of the C1-E is a safe, environmentally friendly and practical vehicle. Not sure if aesthetics made it on the list.
The C1-E can run from a lithion-ion powered electric motor, or an efficient low-emissions internal combustion engine. It's designed for city use with 27 horsepower and a top speed of 100k. It will go from zero to 80 kmph in seven seconds. Zoom.
At the moment, there are no plans to actually produce this for the masses. Even if it's designed by BMW, we're not sure if seat belts will catch on in the scooter business, but you can't deny that combined with the roll bar, they're safer than your average bike.