After showcasing a line-up of 5 bikes (entry level Benelli TNT 300, mid-size naked bike TNT 600i, mid-size sports tourer TNT 600GT, mid-size naked TNT 899 and super naked TNT 1130 R) at the end of 2014, Benelli was back at India Bike Week last month. The platform let Benelli show their bikes to a wider biking fraternity, as well as display additional bikes that will be launched later. Bike bookings got underway 10 days earlier.
Update: Benelli TNT 300 takes on the Bajaj-KTM Duke 390 and RC 390 and Kawasaki twin-cylinder Z250. Benelli TNT 300 isn’t one with an outright sporty stance but does make the most of traditional yet modern curves for a distinct design language. Fitted with a 16 litre tank, a prominent red trellis frame furthers its design distinctiveness. 300cc, inline two-cylinder Benelli TNT 300 uses a water cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC engine.
Max power is pegged at 38.26 bhp@11,500 rpm and max torque at 26.5 Nm @ 9000 rpm. The 185 kg (wet weight)/ 196 kg (kerb weight) entrant is available in white and orange. The 6 speed constant mesh transmission uses a chain drive. Petal discs are in use. Wheelbase stands at 14105 mm, and seat height stands at 795 mm. Ground clerance is marked at 160 mm and will vary depending on tyre size ( Pirelli/MRF). Front tyre options are 120/70 ZR 17 58 W (P) and 110/70 ZR 17 54 S (M). Rear tyre measures at 160/60 ZR 17 69 W (P) and 150/60 ZR 17 66 S (M). Dimensions are as follows: Length 2130mm, width 800mm, and height 1120mm. The city ride uses an inverted forks telescopic front suspension, and hydraulic monoshock absorber rear suspension.Price stands at Rs 2.83 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi.
Benelli TNT 300 is fitted with hydraulic double disc front brakes. Front brake size (area) 7700 sq mm. The rear wheel is fitted with a hydraulic single disc brake. Rear brake size (area) 3278 sq. mm. Benelli TNT 300 is available in three colours: Ross (red), Verde (green) and Nero (black).
Benelli will operate through 20 dealerships being opened in association with DSK MotoWheels. 9 operational dealerships are located in Pune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh and Kolkata. Benelli TNT 300 is being made available in India via the CKD route. Bikes will be assembled at the CKD plant of DSK MotoWheels. Assembly in India will encourage competitive pricing. Benelli TNT 300 is the lowest cc offering in India from the Italian bike manufacturer at present, and will be a volume product.