Benelli TNT 400 India-bound; Multiple Bikes To Follow
Modified On Sep 23, 2020 01:53 PM By Praveen M.
Benelli is all set to launch multiple motorcycles in the 400cc, 700cc and 900cc segments in India
Benelli is all set to go on a full-blown onslaught with a number of new motorcycles for the Indian market. We’ve come to know quite a few interesting details about the brand’s upcoming mid-capacity motorcycles ranging from 400cc bikes to 700c and 900cc ones.
Firstly, the 300cc parallel twin range, which includes the Benelli TNT 300 and Benelli 302R, might be replaced with parallel twin bikes in the 400cc category. That said, the new engine might have a displacement just below 400cc. This motor will be BS6-compliant and is expected to make quite a bit more power and torque than the 38.26PS, 26.5Nm 300cc BS4-compliant parallel twin engine. Expect the two motorcycles with this engine to be called the Benelli TNT 400 and the Benelli 402R. These two bikes should help Benelli have an edge over KTM’s domination (read KTM 390 Duke & KTM RC 390).
The BS6 updates for the brand’s existing 500cc range, including the Benelli TRK 502 and the Leoncino 500, are underway, so expect the updated versions to be launched soon. On the other hand, the only motorcycle with Benelli’s parallel twin 754cc (76PS, 67Nm) engine is the Benelli 752S sold abroad. This engine might be downgraded to displace around 700cc to comply with Euro 5/BS6 emission norms. Expect this engine to be featured in an India-bound streetfighter, something along the lines of the 752S.
Lastly, the all-new 900cc parallel twin engine will be the largest capacity twin-cylinder motor to come out of the Italian brand. This engine is more likely to power the larger capacity Leoncino and TRK in the future as this engine suits the character of the two motorcycles. There’s also a new 900cc triple cylinder engine which is likely to be reserved for the upcoming Benelli TNT 899.
Expect Benelli India to kick things off with the BS6-compliant 500cc range first, followed by bikes under the new engine platform in the near future. These motorcycles will help the brand build a stronger base in the premium sub-1000cc segment. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.
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