DSK Motorwheels, the company that has tied up with Italian marque Benelli is all set to launch their latest product, the Tornado 302 R in the Indian market. While the company is yet to set a launch date for the same, advance bookings are already underway at dealerships across the country, according to an official announcement that was made.
The bike is a fully faired version of the TNT300. The TNT300 has been on sale in the country for a while now and this will be joining the line up soon. The Tornado was first showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, however the launch has taken sometime. The Benelli range currently consists of the TNT 25, the TNT 300, the TNT 600i, the TNT 600GT, the TNT 899 and the TNT R.
The Tornado is built on a steel trestle frame, which is different from the trellis frame that the TNT300 is built on. Engines are shared though. Power comes from the same 300 cc liquid cooled engine which produces 35 Bhp and 27 Nm. The engine is liquid cooled, has 4 valves, has DOHC and is a twin-cylinder unit. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike has a dry weight of 190 kg. It has been designed keeping sport-touring in mind.
The bike, when launched in the Indian market will compete against the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the KTM RC390, the Yamaha R3 and the upcoming TVS Apache RR 310 S (Akula). The TNT 300 which is currently on sale is priced at Rs 3.1 lakhs ex-showroom, which means this too will be priced above the Rs 3 lakh mark. The exact pricing though will only be known at the time of the official launch. The launch is expected to take place sometime next month. Till then, those who want one can head over to any of the 25 DSK dealers that are there across the country and pre-book one.