The bookings for the new set of bikes began on March 10th, 2015 and as of now, the company has already sold out 80 units of the bikes in the Indian automobile segment. “We opened bookings on March 10 and we are delighted that we sold 80 units of the most sought-after Benelli marquee brand. We could have sold out more units, had we mentioned the ex-showroom prices of the bikes, rather than just giving out a price range”, said Shirish Kulkarni, the chairman, DSK Motowheels.
DSK Motowheels, which is famous for importing bike parts for Hyosung and assembling and selling them out in India has now made news with the technical collaboration with Benelli and its launch of five new Benelli models with a price ranging from Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 12 lakhs. Kulkarni said that the company is in the process of dispatching the five popular models and its eight variants to its eight dealerships across India.
The five new major models that have been launched by Benelli includes the 2-cylinder Benelli 302cc, Benelli TNT 600i, Benelli TNT 600 GT, Benelli TNT 899 and Benelli TNT 1130R. The variants of these models are being assembled at DSK Motowheels' Wai Factory in Maharashtra.
The new models would be posing some serious competition to its rival brands that include Triumph, Harley Davidson, BMW, Ducati, KTM, Hyosung, Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki.
Read on to find more about the new bikes.
Benelli 2-cylinder 302cc (Benelli TNT 300)
Launching the all new series of two wheeler motorcycle into the 300cc motorcycle segment this year is one such machine which is known for its all rounder capabilities and thriving abilities. To beat down the entire 300cc motorcycle line up in the country was a quest for this two wheeler industry from the start of a new concept of motorcycling. The Benelli TNT 300 is one among the top machines manufactured by the company which is here to shook off the rest of the 300cc motorcycles in its segment.
Deriving a new start to the naked motorcycling segment, the Benelli TNT 300 comes with a compact yet huge and stylish design elements. A stunning angle of view right from the front till the rear section with the excellent piece of side cowls are the stunning components of this motorcycle which makes it one of the best design and styling concept in the segment. With a stunning front shock which not only adds to the comfortable ride experience for the riders but also renders a whole new look and feel of the motorcycle.
Daily commutation, free rides, long rides are never a question of confusion when you have this mind blowing piece of craftsmanship in your garage. Yes, the Benelli TNT 300 is the only answer to all your doubts about rides, style, service, reliability and durability. Performance and power delivered by the motorcycle with added experience and comfort ride is also not a question. Extra wide radial tyres of the same makes your ride stable and well balanced.
Simultaneously enacting the role of the Beauty and the Beast, the Benelli TNT 300 is powered up with a massive Twin Cylinder, In-Line 4-Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC engine. The same which has a capacity to produce a maximum volume of 38Hp at 12000 rpm and a maximum torque of 27Nm at the rate of 9000 rpm. Engine of the all new Benelli TNT 300 is integrated with a six-speed transmission system which raves up the engine quickly through an easy yet cosy gear shifting pattern. A massive 16 litre fuel tank space of the motorcycle helps not only in having a voluminous drive yet produces a comparatively good scale of fuel efficiency. The EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) features of the motorcycle helps in powering up the ratio of performance while long rides. Balance and rigid ride experience is gained through the front and rear suspension system which is equipped with a telescopic and swing arm suspension system respectively. The all new Steel Trestle Frame of the motorcycle helps to form a rigid structure of the motorcycle and helps in gaining maximum support while high performance rides.
On the whole, the motorcycle is one pack of style, design, compactness, performance, comfort, power and value for money. Entering into the 300cc motorcycle segment of two wheelers in the country, the major competitors of the Benelli TNT 300 are the KTM Duke 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR 250R and much more. Initial price of the motorcycle is estimated to start from a rate of 2.5 lakhs to 3.5 lakhs.
- In-line 2-cylinders, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 4-valves DOHC engine
- Electronic Fuel Injection
- 6-speed transmission
- 38 HP of power
- 27 Nm of torque
- Estimated Price: Rs 2.5 lakhs- Rs 3.5 lakhs
Benelli TNT 600i
The news of the new launch of two wheeler motorcycles in the country from an iconic motorcycle manufacturing industry has been a sensational news for the motorbike enthusiasts here. The Benelli motorcycle company which is one of the best motorcycle manufacturing industry which has a brief history of producing the best high performance motorcycle in the World two wheeler segment. Starting right from the mid range 300cc motorcycle from the company the TNT 300 which kicked off the launch process, Benelli is up with its next big boy in the TNT line up, the all new Benelli TNT 600i.
A sensational design and styling of the motorcycle enables the vehicle to gain much of an audience attention than other of its competitors in the same segment of motorcycle. Entering into the 600cc motorcycle segment, the Benelli 600i is one of the best craftsmanship of a machine that could be spotted from among its rivals. A giant side fairing of the motorcycle adds on to the overall design and concept of the vehicle. Though the motorcycle falls under the naked motorcycling segment of two wheelers, the side, front and rear fairing of the motorcycle with a huge wide frame makes the overall design and style of the vehicle incredibly stunning. A bumped up rear section of the motorcycle adds on to the comfort of the rear passenger as well as acts as an element of design.
The massive looking tall yet huge 600cc acquisition from the Benelli comes with a bunch of innovative technical features and control systems. The upgraded version of the TNT 600i is one such motorcycle which provides the most technical specifications and equipment list from its segment. Powering up the motorcycle is a massive 600cc, In-Line 4, Liquid Cooled, Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI), DOHC engine. The engine delivers a maximum power of 82Hp at the rate of 11000 rpm and a net volume of 52Nm at 10500 rpm of torque respectively. Massive engine block of the motorcycle is clubbed with a six-speed manual transmission system which enables a smoother gear shift pattern and easy raving up of the engine to provide a maximum ratio of power and performance. A maximum of 15 litres is the overall fuel tank capacity of the motorcycle. Balance of rigid ride experience of the motorcycle is enhanced with a front Marsocchi 50mm upside down forks and a rear Sachs shock absorber suspension system of the motorcycle. A front and rear Disc braking system of the motorcycle helps in gaining maximum safety and assure a well balanced and durable ride experience for its riders.
On the whole, the motorcycle is an extra ordinary piece of machine which guarantees the best ride experience and comfort for its riders. The estimated price of this machine in the country is from 6.25-7 lakhs.
Key features of the Benelli TNT 600i
- 4 cylinders in line, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 4 valves per cylinder DOHC engine
- 82 HP of power
- 52 Nm of torque
- Six-speed transmission
- Overall speed: 130kmph
- Front Marzocchi Ø50 mm upside-down forks and a rear Sachs rear shock absorber
- Estimated Price: Rs 6.25 lakhs – Rs 7 lakhs
Benelli TNT 600GT
The Benelli TNT 600GT is a big motorcycle with great styling elements and an engine offering great speed. In short, the 600GT is a great touring bike.
Built to blast off at high-speeds, this bike has got a windshield to protect the rider from dust getting into the way of his view. Moreover, to make long rides a memorable experience, the bike offers a variety of features to ensure that the rider is always at his ease all through the ride. With a tall and wide handle-bar, well-padded seats and a comfortable riding position makes this monster look well tamed enough for long distances.
Beneath all that exterior styling, the same fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-cylinder DOHC engine that appears on the 600i, is used in the 600GT. The company claims at the bike being capable of producing around 81.5 PS of peak power at 11000 rpm and a maximum torque of 55 Nm at 8000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a six-speed transmission which ensures that the rider faces no difficulty for a smooth transmission while shifting gears. The bike hits the 100 kmph benchmark from a standstill in a mere 5 seconds, which is really a good figure for a touring machine.
And as mentioned before, the 600GT is a touring bike which is designed and built for long rides, and who would want to stop in the middle of nowhere while embarking on a long bike journey? Absolutely, no one with the Benelli 600GT would have to worry and break their heads on this issue. The bike offers a pretty good fuel tank capacity of 27 litres and a fuel efficiency of 19 kmpl. So, speaking in terms of an average distance, you might want to stop at a fuel station every 600 kms, just to make sure that you don't work up on the reserve.
With its large projector headlights leading on the way through the nights, you don't need to worry about the visibility during long night rides. The tail lamp is accompanied by two clear-lens indicators which are definitely stylish in their overall design. And after all, touring is a package of day and night rides right? The Benelli TNT 600GT would not disappoint you on any account.
Moving on to the consoles of the 600GT, the LCD is quite readable and has an engine management display, clock and a speedometer that collectively gives you all that information that you would need to know during the ride. Another unique quality of this bike is the hazard-light function at the end of both the bars designed in order to increase the comprehensiveness of the switch gear. Moreover, the bike has got a catchy design for switch-blade key, which is on to the front of the handle bar, increasing its accessibility to the rider.
For storing luggage, this bike has got two large panniers at either side of the seat of the Benelli TNT 600GT, which are strong enough to store some ample amount of luggage. Painted in the bike's body colour, these panniers look perfectly in place and blend into the design of the 600 GT. They can be locked and moreover, the bike has been designed in such a way that an additional pannier can be added to the bike directly behind the seat's backrest. The price of this touring machine is worth it, owing to all the features on the bike. It would be available at an estimated price range of Rs 7.25 lakhs – Rs 8 lakhs.
- 600 cc fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-cylinder DOHC engine
- 81.5 PS of peak power at 11000 rpm
- A maximum torque of 55 Nm at 8000 rpm
- 6-speed transmission
- Decomposable, front steel trestle, rear aluminium alloy casting frame
- 27 litres fuel tank capacity
- 3 litres reserve
- Estimated price: Rs 7.25 lakhs – Rs 8 lakhs
Benelli TNT 899
This recent launch has also witnessed the Benelli TNT 899 finding its way out of its veils to the showrooms of DSK Motowheels in India. This mid-range performance naked bike is one of the most anticipated bikes that are to be made available from the collaboration of DSK with Benelli.
With the flagship model from Benelli, the TNT 1130R also being made available this time in india, it is to be questioned if the TNT 899 is a design-twin of its flagship brother. The muscular design of the bike can be seen on its chiselled fuel tank, stocky mudguard, stylish frontlamps,chunky tank shrouds and tubular frame.
The bike also gets an under-seat exahust system that resembles very much to that of the TNT 1130R, which would make you want to check the badge bearing the bike's model name once again. On the designing side, the only difference betweeen these two bikes is the absence of carbon fibre elements in same proportion and dimensions on both the bikes.
Another obvious difference between both the bikes is the engine itself, which can be seen in its name. The TNT 899 uses the 899 cc in-line three cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which is capable of churning out a peak power of 122 PS at 9500 rpm and a maximum torque of 88 Nm at 8000 rpm. This poses some serious competiton to its rival brands such as Kawasaki Z800 and the Triumph Street Triple. The power form this engine reaches out to the rear wheels via a 6-speed transmission gearbox.
The bike would be available at an estimated price range of Rs 8.5 lakhs to 10 lakhs across all outlets of DSK motowheels.
- 899 cc in-line three cylinder liquid-cooled engine
- Peak power of 122 PS at 9500 rpm
- Maximum torque of 88 Nm at 8000 rpm
- 6-speed transmission gearbox
- Estimated price: Rs 8.5 lakhs-10 lakhs
Benelli TNT 1130R
Along with the rest of the usual launches of Benelli bikes in collaboration with DSK Motowheels in India, Benelli has decided to roll out the TNT 1130R in the country, which is the racing variant of the standard TNT 1130.
The styling elements of the 1130R have drawn elements from the standard variant and looks much like a twin of the 899 cc bike launched in India. The body of this bike has all traits of masculinity with an aggressive looking body design that would definitely make people to stop doing what they were doing and take a look at this bike as it races across the road. The sporty and elegant lines stay highlighted in the bike with its body frame that stands out with its exposed frame. And though the manufacturer has Chinese origins, the bike looks essentially Italian.
On the mechanical side of things, the 1130R gets powered by an in-line triple 1130 cc engine that is very efficient in churning out a maximum power of 155.5 bhp and 120 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed transmission with a dry clutch accompanied by an anti-skipping device and hydraulic control to ensure an easy shifting of gears during the ride. Moreover, the additional vibrations that come out during the ride are damoened out by a balancing countershaft.
The exhaust system seem sto be too complicated a design, and can be essentially treated as an art work which manifests itself all round the engine, moves out and then comes out towards the tail, with its end merged into a racing endpipe. This perfectly blends in with the tail lamp and the number plate, resulting in a perfect design on the whole. Moreover, additional carbon fibre elements ensure that the bike's weight stays constant at 205 kg.
The extra fittings on this bike include a soft-luggage kit, carbon fibre wheels, carbon chain casing, frame sliders, racing filler cap and semi-rigid panniers. Being a rough bike on the whole, the bike doesn't look at all like the refined models from its competitors, and is very much exclusive in terms of the design and styling of the bike.
Adding to the competition of the other bikes in the same league, this bike is priced at an estimated price range of Rs 9.25 lakhs – Rs 10 lakhs.
- 1131 cc Liquid cooled 4-stroke 4-valve DOHC inline 3 with balancer shaft
- 116 kw (158 hp) @ 10,200 rpm
- 120 Nm @ 8,400 rpm
- 6-speed transmission
- 16 litres of fuel tank capacity