Continued: 10 upcoming affordable performance bikes that you want NOW!

Benelli Tornado

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Expected price: Rs 3.5 lakh

Based on the very popular TNT 300, the fully faired Tornado 302 was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in February this year. The bike will be powered by the same engine (although in a slightly different state of tune) and the six-speed gearbox combo. With the rather large fairing up front and USD forks, the Tornado looks like a proper big bike.

Benelli TRK 502

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Expected price: Rs 5 lakh

Benelli’s upcoming adventure tourer is also rather promising. It gets a 500cc twin-cylinder engine that makes 48 PS and 48 Nm of maximum torque. Two versions of the bike were announced at its launch (not in India) last year: one with road-tyres while the other got dual purpose ones. To do justice to its adventure tourer credentials the latter will make more sense, especially on the varied terrain that our country boasts.

Benelli Leoncino

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Expected price: Rs 6 lakh

Using the same engine as the TRK 502, the Leoncino will offer the same grunt but in a very different styling package: that of a scrambler. There’s a lot going for the bike, as the aggressive styling is a mix of modern and retro bits. The knobby tyres add to the vehicle’s looks, and it manages to look — at least in pictures — more noticeable than the Ducati Scrambler. That can work in Benelli’s favour when the bike reaches India sometime next year.

TVS Akula

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Expected price: Rs 2 lakh

While the new Apache RTR 200 seems like an upgrade from the older RTR, it has been some time since TVS introduced something that made people stop in their tracks and notice. But the Akula is just that. It’s said to be focussed keeping track-riding in mind, and if the carbon fibre-clad concept is anything to go by, it will be mega. Powering the bike will be a 313 cc liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine that will also be present in the other product of BMW-TVS collaboration, the BMW G 310 R.

BMW G 310 R

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Expected price: Rs 2 lakh

The smallest BMW Motorrad will, as mentioned above, feature a 313 cc single cylinder engine, but the entry-level (for BMW) model will not skimp on other big bike details. There will USD forks up front, styling that sits in line with other BMW products, and ABS as part of the standard equipment.

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