DSK Motowheels has officially launched a set of 5 Benelli bikes today in India with range starting from Rs. 2.83 lakh. Pricing is reasonable, and DSK Benelli will have 20 dealerships by the end of 2015. At the moment, DSK Benelli has just 9 outlets – Pune, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Ahmadabad, Mumbai and Hyderabad. All are CKD products.
Prices of DSK-Benelli five motorcycles (ex-Showroom, Delhi):
- DSK Benelli TNT 302 – Rs. 2.83 lakh
- DSK Benelli TNT 600i – Rs. 5.15 lakh
- DSK Benelli TNT 600 GT – Rs. 5.62 lakh
- DSK Benelli TNT 899 – Rs. 9.48 lakh
- DSK Benelli TNT 1130 – Rs. 11.81 lakh
The cheapest of the lot is the TNT (Tornado Naked Tre) 300, but it’s only cheap compared to the other DSK-Benelli offered. This little entry-level sportsbike is powered by a 300 cc twin-cylinder engine developing 37 bhp and 27 Nm of torque, and is matched to a 6-speed gearbox. The TNT 300 is the only twin-cylinder product in the DSK Benelli’s Indian range. In fact, it’s less expensive than the Kawasaki Z250 and Ninja 300!
Two versions of the 600cc engine are available – although both share the similar engines and mechanicals but are targeted at different audiences in the middleweight segment, a TNT 600i that allows you to enjoy a sheer performance and the TNT 600 GT is a tourer.
The TNT 600i is priced nearly 50k lesser than the TNT 600 GT. This naked motorcycle is powered by an inline four-cylinder 600 cc engine good for 82 bhp and 52 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. An USD front forks and an adjustable monoshock set-up at the rear, twin disc brakes up front and a single disc at the rear are the standout features of the TNT 600i.
The TNT 600 GT is a touring version of the 600i, it combines all the benefits of the 600i along with the good looks that come from the basic design of a tourer motorcycle. Although the 600 GT shares its engine with the 600i, it produces 81 bhp and 55 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. In terms of performance, the 0-100 kmph run on the TNT 600i takes flat 4.0 seconds which increases to 4.2 seconds on the 600 GT.
Design-wise, the TNT 899 is heavily influenced by the bigger Benelli streetfigters, making it look like a downsized version of the TNT 1130. It is a CKD import from Italy and it’s even more expensive than the Kawasaki Z800, Triumph Street Triple and the upcoming Ducati Monster 796. The TNT 899 is powered by an inline three-cylinder 899 cc engine capable of 123bhp and 88 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The time it takes to accelerate from 0-100 kmph is 3.50 seconds while the top speed is rated at 240 kmph.
The final choice for now is a practical one – the TNT 1130 which is the legendary manufacturer’s flagship bike in Benelli lineup. It has an 1131cc inline 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine producing 156 bhp and 120 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It gets 50 mm Marzocchi USD forks at the front and Sachs adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear. The top-of-the-line TNT 1130 is a CBU from Italy and it’s cheaper than Kawasaki Z1000, Ninja 1000 and Honda CB1000R.
DSK-Benelli will also launch three new bikes in the second half of 2015 which include the BN 251, Keeway cruiser and TreK Amazonas which were showcased at the 2015 India Bike Week (IBW) held at Vagator, Goa on 20th and 21st of February, 2015.
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GALLERY: DSK-Benelli 5 Motorcycles launched in India
DSK-Benelli TNT 300
DSK-Benelli TNT 600i
DSK-Benelli TNT 600 GT
DSK-Benelli TNT 899
DSK-Benelli TNT 1130