The DSK Benelli TNT 25 quarter litre naked sports bike is gearing up to be launched in India sometime this fiscal. Talking to media (PTI) on the sidelines of inaugurating the company’s new showroom in Chandigarh, Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman of DSK Motowheels, revealed that the upcoming motorcycle will be cheaper than its 300 cc sibling by 30%.
The TNT 300 carries a price tag of INR 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom) which means the TNT 25 would be priced around INR 2.1 lakhs. This puts it right in the highly capable KTM Duke 390’s price segment but Benelli would be counting on its premium positioning and exclusivity to justify the high price tag. Performance wise, the baby TNT will be pitted against the Duke 200 and Mahindra Mojo 300.
To be positioned as the most affordable Benelli in the country, the TNT 25 is powered by a 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which is tuned to produce 28.16 bhp at 9,800 rpm and 21.61 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed unit.
The trellis frame is suspended by upside-down telescopic front forks and rear monoshock. Both wheels are retarded by a disc each. Since none of the current products from Benelli offer ABS in India, we don’t expect the safety feature to be available on the TNT 25.
DSK Benelli is aiming to sell 4,000 sportsbikes in India this fiscal and the TNT 25 is expected to add significant momentum towards the fag end of the year.