Benelli 302R

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Complete details of 302R Motorcycle

Showcased in 2015 (Global) and February 2016 (India). Launched in India in July 2017.

Benelli 302R is an offering from the Italian bike maker, Benelli and it belongs to the fully-faired entry level sports-bike segment. First showcased at the 2015 EICMA motorcycle festival, and then in the 2016 Indian Auto Expo as Tornado 302R, this sports bike is later dubbed as Benelli 302R. The design and making of this small capacity sports bike were targetted to meet the specific needs and requirements of the Asia-Pacific market.

The new 302R sits on a 300cc, parallel-twin, liquid cooled engine, that produces a maximum power of 36 bhp @ 12000 rpm and a maximum peak torque of 27 Nm @ 9000 rpm. The engine is mated with a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox top and the top speed of this sports bike is claimed to be 170kmph. An upgraded track version of the 302R is also available with an engine remapped to give 40 bhp.

The Benelli 302R will likely to lock horns with Kawasaki Ninja 300 Yamaha YZF-R3, KTM RC 390 and the likes.

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Price
Rs. 3,48,000 [ Ex-showroom, New Delhi ]

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Colours
Benelli 302R is available in following colours - White Rosso, Silver Verde and Red Nero
Special Features
- In-line twin cylinder engine
- Inverted Telescopic Fork
- Well-padded pillion seat
-14-litre fuel tank
- Twin pod Exhaust
- Petal disk brake with ABS


Technical Specifications
Type Motorcycle
Engine Displacement 300.00 cc
Engine Type In line 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, liquid cooled , 4 valves for cylinder double overhead camshaft
Engine Starting Electric
Bore x Stroke 65mm x 45.2mm
Compression Ratio 12:1
Engine Lubrication Wet sump
Clutch Wet clutch
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection with throttle body ø 34 mm
Ignition ECU
Cooling System Water Cooled
Maximum Power 26 kW @ 12000 rpm
Maximum Torque 27.0 Nm @ 9000 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed Constant-mesh
Gear Shift Pattern 1-N-2-3-4-5-6
Top Speed 170 kmph
Electricals
Battery
Tail Lamp LED Tail Lamp
Brakes
Front Brake Double floating disks 260 mm with 4 pistons caliper
Rear Brake Single disc 240 mm with floating calliper single piston
Chassis and Suspension
Frame Steel trestle in steel tubes
Front Suspension 41 mm upside-down forks
Rear Suspension Rear swing arm with central shock absorber
Tyres
Wheel Type Alloy Wheels
Front Tyre 110/70-ZR17
Rear Tyre 150/60 - ZR17
Dimensions
Length x Width x Height 2175 x 746 x 1146 mm
Wheelbase 1410 mm
Weight 180 kg
Ground Clearance 180 mm
Petrol Tank Capacity 14 litres
Reserve Tank Capacity 1.4 litres

First Impression Review

The 302R is the first lightweight fully faired sports bike of Benelli. It was launched internationally in 2015 targeting the A2 license market of Europe. It took 2 years for the Italian maker to introduce this motorcycle in the Indian premises. Here it targets young Indian riders who are looking for small capacity premium bikes.

Benelli 302r


The Design and Features
At first glance, there is nothing special about this bike. It doesn't have those modern looking fairing or body panels of the new gen bikes. The Benelli has imposed a simple and minimalistic design approach here. The V-shaped headlamp is separated by a small gap in the center. The fairing starts from the headlamp cowl and reaches down all the way to the engine cowl as a single unit. Rear view mirrors are positioned above the headlamp fairing. The split sports plush and aggressive tail section are too good. Benelli even tries to expose a very little portion of the steel tube frame underneath the saddle.

Benelli 302r


The stylish, aluminium finish twin pod exhaust is visually good and replicates race exhaust note. The fully digital instrument read out displays all relevant information.

The Engine and Performance
The 302R is powered by 300cc, in-line twin cylinder which is teamed with 6-speed manual gearbox to derive a maximum power of 38.26 bhp @ 11500 rpm and a peak torque of 26.5 Nm @ 10000 rpm. It is the same powertrain found in the TNT 300 and BN 302 with BS4 and Euro 4 emission standards. Therefore, the 302R is expected to generate the same power and torque figures on the roads. However, 302R will have an upper hand over the TNT 300 with the extra aerodynamic aids up front. The DSK has also gotten rid of the TNT's underbelly exhaust to a much sporty and good looking twin pod pipe.


The Chassis, Suspension and Braking
The primary chassis of the 302R is constructed on a rigid frame of a steel-tube trellis design, which links steering head and swingarm pivot directly. It offers high-speed stability and supreme balance on taking turns. This same frame work can be also found in 600i and 600 GT. The suspension system consists of 43 mm USD fork at the front and hydraulic monoshock with adjustable preload at the rear, while the braking duties are managed by hydraulic double disc and single disc brakes at front and back respectively.

Benelli 302r

The Conclusion
As we mentioned earlier, the 302R is the first entry-level full faired sports bike from Benelli. The Indian, as well as international market, has been already flooded with similar, 300cc sportbike. Therefore, the first question to arise will be, is it looks and styled better than its competitors? The other one will be, is it performs well enough? For the first question, the answer will be varied. It isn't as good as the Ninja 300, RC 390 or the forthcoming Yamaha R3. However, on paper, it seems it is a better performer than Ninja 300 and equally good as the R3. Therefore, the time will tell the fate of this young blooded faired Italian beauty.

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User Reviews of 302R. Write Your Review
Where is Tornado? Did they drop "Tornado" from the name?
By on 25-07-2017
Kawasaki should learn from this, the new 302 R has ABS and is priced much lower than Ninja 300 and has good specs. Why is Kawasaki looting the Indian market like this?
By on 25-07-2017
Sudheep, i was about to buy the ninja 300 and now am confused, what should i do now ? The Ninja has a legendary name attached to it, but Benelli tops in top speed, ABS and price when compared to Ninja 300. I am so confused now.
By on 25-07-2017
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