In India, the Benelli Tornado 302 will compete against the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha YZF-R3
DSK Benelli Tornado 302 is based on the TNT 300 naked street bike.
The Italian bike maker, DSK Benelli has confirmed that the Benelli Tornado 302 sportsbike will go on sale in India in July 2017. Though, the company hasn’t yet revealed the launch date of the bike. Dealers have unofficially started accepting bookings for the motorcycle at a sum of Rs 25,000. First previewed at the 2015 EICMA, the Benelli Tornado 302 had its India debut at the Auto Expo last year. The company also revealed the bike in a promotional video showing its design details, features and capabilities.
The Benelli Tornado 302 is essentially a fully-faired version of the TNT 300. Save for the front fairing offered on the Tornado 302, both bikes look identical. The new DSK bike will receive ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as standard fitment. Besides sharing the design cues, the Tornado 302 has borrowed the 300cc, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine from its naked sibling. The power and torque outputs of this motor stand at 36bhp and 27Nm respectively. Designed on a steel-tube trellis frame, the bike is claimed to offer high stability during cornering and on straight roads.
The new fully-faired sportsbike will see a release in India in July 2017. We will update the exact launch date as soon as DSK Benelli reveals it. Though there is no official word, certain dealerships have begun taking pre-orders for the bike. One can pre-book the Tornado 302 by paying a sum of Rs 25,000, which is refundable. Deliveries are being promised for the next month. Read: DSK Benelli TNT 125 – All You Need To Know
|Minimum||Rs 3.5 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 4.0 lakh|
Available with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as standard, the DSK Benelli’s 300cc fully-faired sportsbike is estimated to be priced around Rs 3.5 lakh – Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). At this price, it will take on the Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and other 300cc motorcycles.
|Max Power||36bhp at 12000rpm|
|Max Torque||27.4Nm at 9000rpm|
Power source for the new Tornado 302 will be a 300cc, in-line twin-cylinder, liquid cooled engine with dual overhead camshafts configuration. This engine is capable of making a top power of 36bhp (38PS) at 10,000rpm, while generating a peak torque of 27.4Nm at 9,000rpm. This powertrain has already been used in the Benelli TNT 300 naked streetfighter. Transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed gearbox. With the 300cc motor, the bike can make 0-100kmph sprints in 8.34 seconds, while maintaining a top-speed of 154kmph.
The all-new Torando 302 will share its components and engine with the TNT 300. Therefore, it will be as fuel economical as its donor sibling. The Benelli TNT300 returns a mileage around 25kmpl. The European-spec of the bike meets the Euro 4 emission norms. In India, the bike has already received clearance from ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
The Tornado 302 is the Italian carmakers second fully-faired bike, the first one was Tornado 1130 which was launched almost 10 years ago. This new bike sits on an all-new trellis frame, and has a raw sporty appeal. This sportbike features multiple air slits on the sides of the fairing, split-seat, sculpted fuel tank, twin headlamps and the double barrel exhaust.
Damping duties on the Tornado 302 will be carried out by 41mm upside down forks front and monoshock rear suspension setup. The braking system comprises of a 260mm dual petal discs up front and a single 240mm petal rear disc brake. While the European-spec version of the bike carries a kerb weight of 190kg, the India-spec model weighs 180Kgs. The fully faired bike rides on 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with Meltzer tyres (110 section tyre at front and 150 section at rear).
The DSK Benelli Tornado 302 is a fully-faired version of the Benelli TNT 300. The bike will share its design elements, features and engine with its naked donor sibling.