DSK Benelli Motorcycles in India – First Look

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By Jaichandran Jayapalan & Harshavardhan Kylas

 

The sub-600cc two-wheeler segment in India is developing at very brisk pace. Realizing the potential for growth in a burgeoning economy like ours, many foreign motorcycle manufacturers who specialize in this segment have been swarming into the country over the last couple of years. Latest in that line is Italian bike manufacturer Benelli, who earlier this week officially confirmed its partnership with DSK MotoWheels to introduce their products in the Indian market.

 

Benelli isn’t a relatively popular brand outside bike enthusiast circles, so not many are aware of their range of products. We’ll quickly run you through a few of their exciting products that are slated for a launch in the country within the next few months.

 

 

1. TNT 302

 

This entry-level naked streetfighter from the Italian manufacturer promises to offer its rider a high-adrenaline riding experience. The entry of the TNT 302 will heat up the competition in the sub-400cc, where it’ll go head to head with the KTM Duke 390, the Kawasaki Z250, and the Suzuki Inazuma.

 

2015 DSK Benelli TNT 302

 

Type

Naked Streetfighter

Engine

302cc liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder

Power

36.2 bhp @ 11,500 rpm

Torque

27 Nm @ 9000 rpm

Expected Price

(On-Road, Delhi)

Rs 3 Lakhs

 

 

2. TNT 600GT

 

The TNT 600GT is the perfect amalgamation of a performance motorcycle and a mid-size sport tourer. The immense power and torque on offer from its 600cc mill, combined with its flexible nature should make a formidable companion to zip from city to city on in comfort. The 600GT will compete with the Ninja 650R and the Honda CBR 650F, which is slated to be launched in the country next year.

 

2015 DSK Benelli TNT 600GT

 

Type

Sport Tourer

Engine

600cc liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder

Power

80.5 bhp @ 11,000 rpm

Torque

55 Nm @ 8000 rpm

Expected Price

(On-Road, Delhi)

Rs 5.5 lakhs to Rs 6 lakhs

 

 

3. TNT 600S

 

The TNT 600S is one of the most promising amongst all the motorcycles Benelli plans to unveil here. It’s a naked streetfighter that’s got a powerful four-cylinder engine, stunning looks, rider-friendly ergonomics, and is loaded with features like twin disc brakes, underseat exhaust and more. By the looks of it, we feel that the 600S has all the right ingredients to be called a practical superbike. It has the potential to become a best-seller if it’s priced right.

 

2015 DSK Benelli TNT 600S

 

Type

Naked Streetfighter

Engine

600cc liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder

Power

80.5 bhp @ 11,000 rpm

Torque

51.5 Nm @ 10,500 rpm

Expected Price

(On-Road, Delhi)

Rs 4.5 lakhs

 

 

4. TNT 899

 

The TNT 899 is a middle-weight streetfighter that can’t be mistaken for any other. Sharp styling, a potent three-cylinder engine, and top-of-the-line chassis components make it a very desirable bike. The TNT 899 will have tough task when it’s launched here, as it’ll have to vie for sales with the Kawasaki Z800 and the Triumph Street Triple 675, two of the best-selling superbikes currently in India.

 

2015 DSK Benelli TNT 899

 

Type

Naked Streetfighter

Engine

898cc liquid-cooled in-line three-cylinder

Power

118 bhp @ 9500 rpm

Torque

88 Nm @ 8000 rpm

Expected Price

(On-Road, Delhi)

Rs 8.5 lakhs

 

 

5. TNT 1130R

 

Embedded with the Italian maker’s rich racing DNA, the TNT 1130R is Benelli’s flagship naked bike. Visually, it may look very similar to the 899, but it comes equipped with a powerhouse of an engine. Along with a host of exotic cycle parts, and a low kerb weight, the TNT 1130R should be a scarily quick and exciting bike to ride.

 

2015 DSK Benelli TNT 1130R

 

Type

Naked Streetfighter

Engine

1131cc liquid-cooled in-line three-cylinder

Power

155.8 bhp @ 10,200 rpm

Torque

120 Nm @ 8400 rpm

Expected Price

(On-Road, Delhi)

Rs 10 lakhs – Rs 12 lakhs

 

Oh, and in case you were wondering, 'TNT' stands for Tornado Naked Tre. TNT is the name Benelli bestows upon its naked triple-cylinder superbikes, refered to by Tre, which is Italian for three. In India though, the company seems to have adopted a different naming strategy, wherein all the bikes being launched here are named TNT. Amongst motorcycle enthusiasts, TNT is synonymous with Benelli, so we think that DSK wanted to carry that familiarity towards their Indian line-up. 

 

 

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