Italian Motorbike manufacturer Benelli reportedly has big plans for India. Gearing up for its second innings with Hyderabad-based Mahavir group, the company plans to dish out several new bikes in every category of the market. Its previous Indian ally, DSK Motowheels, is currently facing some financial constraints and Benelli wants to make up for the time wasted by launching a slew of new bikes. Let’s have a look at some affordable options the company is going to offer.
The most affordable and economical offering by the company yet, the Leoncino 250 is a good-looking naked single cylinder bike. Its scrambler inspired looks make it stand apart from the competition. The bike is powered by a 249-cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces a maximum of 25.8 Bhp and 21.2 Nm. A six-speed gearbox does the transmission duty. The bike is equipped with an all-LED headlamp, a fully digital instrument console, 41-mm USD forks, monoshock at the rear and dual-channel ABS as standard. Expected pricing could be around Rs. 2.2 lakh, ex showroom.
The TRK 250 is an affordable adventure cruiser to take on the likes of BMW G 310 GS and Royal Enfield Himalayan. It shares its underpinnings with the Leoncino 250 and is expected to cost around Rs. 2.3 lakh, ex-showroom. It features typical adventure tourer looks with the design heavily inspired from its bigger brother, the TRK 502. With the pricing done right, expect Benelli to score big time with this one, specially at a time when adventure cruiser sales are on a rise in the country.
The Benelli Imperiale is a 373-cc, air-cooled engine bike that generates a maximum of 20 Bhp and 28 Nm. Benelli plans to challenge the Royal Enfield’s legacy with this one. It will be the first proper retro-modern motorcycle to pose a serious threat to the bullet. The Imperiale gets a classy, simple design with features like split seats, round headlamps, spoked wheels, chrome-dipped parts and more. Modern bits include the front disc brake with ABS and fuel injected engine. Expect the launch to be done by August this year. Estimates put the bike around the Rs 2 lakh price mark, but nothing solid has emerged as of now.
Bigger Brother to the TRK 250, the Benelli TRK 502 packs more engine punch and better off-road/touring capabilities. It has a 499 cc twin cylinder engine producing 47 bhp of power and 45 Nm of torque. The motorcycle offers class-leading 230 mm of ground clearance and still retains the comfortable 815 mm of convenient saddle. Other features include 50 mm USD front forks and a rear monoshock along with a slipper clutch. While the company is still tight-lipped on pricing, expect it to be around the Rs. 4-4.5 lakh price range. Its main competition though would be the Kawasaki Versys 650.
Long story cut short, The Leoncino is a 500 cc scrambler and big brother to the smaller 250 cc model. It also shares its engines and other underpinnings with the TRK 502. This bike will be India’s first mid-range scrambler and hence has no direct competition from any other bike. Expect the pricing to be fairly competitive, same as the TRK 500.
TNT 302 S
Touted to be a replacement of the ageing TNT 300, the Benelli TNT 302 S is a very capable bike. The designing has not changed much but the bike now looks smart with KTM-like twin bifurcated lamps. The bike draws power from a 300cc parallel-twin cylinder engine producing 37.5 Bhp and 25.6 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike also features upside down forks at the front and monoshocks at the rear. Expect the pricing to be around Rs. 3 lakh range for the bike to be competitive. Main rivals include the BMW G310 R and the KTM Duke 250.
Benelli is focusing on heavy localization now and with the help of its new partners, plans to assemble the bikes locally. This will keep the prices down and also saves time. The company eyes a 30% premium bike segment share and it for sure looks they are ready to roll.