Established in 1911, Benelli is one of the oldest and the most popular motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The company dates back to the time when it used to manufacture shotguns. This Italian giant is known in plenty of countries and now its time that this company is getting a taste of desi tadka. DSK motowheels is a Pune based company well known in the auto industry for bringing Hyosung to India. Now, the company has signed a joint venture with Benelli. The Italian firm is now a part of motor group Qianjiang, a Chinese corporation. DSK-Benelli is importing its wide range of motorcycles ranging from 300 cc to 1130 cc via the CKD route. The assembling, marketing and servicing is handled by DSK MotoWheels India. Currently, the company has introduced 5 new bikes to the Indian roads. Within no time, DSK Motowheels achieved a major milestone by 100 superbike registrations in just 3 months. The same sales record followed in Bengaluru. Here is a small review on the Benelli bikes released in India:
Benelli TNT 300: (TNT stands for Tornado Naked Tray)
Benelli TNT 300 is one of the most sought after superbikes in India. The bike offers comfortable riding posture with 795mm seat height, the tall handle bars and a wide seat for the rider and the pillion as well. It has an extended wheelbase of 1410 mm for a stable ride. The large tail light and the chunky grab rails flows well with the rest of the TNT 300 design. With a fuel tank capacity of 16 liters, it’s decent.
Engine: The TNT 300 300 is powered by a 300cc, 4-stroke, 8-valve, liquid cooled, two-cylinder, DOHC engine which generates a maximum power of 37.73 Bhp at 11,500 rpm and a peak torque of 26.5 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six speed transmission and a wet clutch. It uses the electronic injection with twin 38 mm throttle bodies.
Price: The TNT 300 is available in 3 different shades; Black, Red and White. The bike has been priced at INR 2.83 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
Benelli 600i is one of the finest bikes to touch Indian roads. Its massive looks, its sound and the bright color tone it carries is a wonder. The new TNT 600i uses 120/70R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the front and a 180/55R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the rear. The bike has 150 mm of ground clearance and a 15-litre fuel tank.
The new TNT 600i is powered by 600 cc, 4-stroke, 16 valves, 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which is liquid, cooled. It produces 83.90 BHP @ 11,500 rpm and a torque of 54.6 NM @ 10,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.
This is one such bike that is worth every penny spent. The sound, the dynamics and the speed is just too good to be true. Benelli TNT 600i is available in three shades namely Black, White and Red. It has been priced at INR 5,15,000 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
Benelli TNT 600 GT:
If the 600i is not enough, may be the 600 GT should grab your attention. The new TNT 600GT uses 120/70R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the front and a 180/55R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the rear. The bike has 150 mm of ground clearance and a 27 litre fuel tank. This bike is suitable for those who like exploring new roads. Ideal for long rides, secluded from the hubbubs of the society.
The Benelli TNT 600GT is powered by 600 cc, 4-stroke, 16 valves, 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which is liquid, cooled. It produces 83.90 BHP @ 11,500 rpm and a torque of 54.6 NM @ 10,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.
Benelli TNT 600GT is available in White shade only. It has been priced at INR 5,62,000 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
Benelli TNT 899:
If you are merciless on the roads, you ought to love the Benelli TNT 899 bike. The bike is thirsty for 16 liters of petrol at a time.
The engine being an 899 cc powerhouse, generates 118.36 BHP @ 9500 rpm and 88 NM @ 8000 rpm. For keeping the horses calm, a liquid cooling system has been installed. Electronic fuel injection with three 53 mm diameter throttle bodies has been used for the best use of fuel being supplied. The six speed manual transmission makes it a true sprinter with more than enough power for each gear provided. A combination of technology and classic appeal surely defines the instrument cluster of the TNT 899. With a digital speedometer and an analogue tachometer, the thrill of watching your-self fly has been equally balanced. A digital clock for some time bound missions has also been provided into the digital console. The tachometer needle seems greedy as it always wishes for the highest position and after 8000 rpm, goose bumps are guaranteed.
Benelli has priced the TNT 899 for INR 9,48,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi).
Benelli TNT 1130:
Currently, the 1130 happens to be the most expensive offering by TNT to Indian Bikers. This massive sized street bike screams out power. It’s available in a single seat option, making it a totally personal asset. Before buying, make sure that you have the alone riding capability inside you.
The giant has 1131 cc motor, producing a mind blowing 155.84 BHP, which in turn can blow everything, which comes in its way. Beware haters, 120 NM of torque is enough for letting the eyes get wide open. The ride is a true performer. Clubbed with six gears, the machine won’t let you know what the losing is all about. Ceasing the motion is not anyone’s cup of tea, but for the 320 mm twin floating wave discs with radial mounted Brembo 4 piston calipers, it’s just a daily routine. A 240 mm single disc with Brembo 2 piston calipers handles the rear. Not just that, 120/70-R17 tyre for the front and a huge 190/50-R17 for the rear accompany the safety team. Suspension expert Marzocchi’s 50 mm upside down forks care for the front end and ZF Sach’s fully adjustable rear monoshock handles the rear. In short, ease and comfort rides along the rider all the time. With its analogue and digital combination of the instrument console, the TNT 1130 makes a mark on the rider’s heart every time he goes for a ride. The style enhancing and space saving exhaust design, which comes out of the taillight differentiates it from all the street fighters. Even the tyre hugger at the back gets the same color as that of the body, making it one in a million.
Benelli has introduced the TNT 1130 at a price of INR 11,81,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi)