Priced at Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom), the Benelli 302R goes up against the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha YZF-R3
DSK Benelli 302R is based on the TNT 300 naked street bike.
The Italian motorcycle manufacturer, DSK Benelli has finally introduced its first full faired sportsbike – Benelli 302R in the country. Priced at Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom), this new Benelli bike aims at the enthusiasts looking for a powerful fully-faired 300cc motorbike. The 302R is essentially a fully-faired version of the TNT 300 naked streetfighter. Save for the front fairing offered on the motorcycle, both bikes look identical. The new DSK bike is the only product in its league to get twin disc brakes in the front. The bike also gets dual channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as standard.
The Benelli 302R carries a dry weight of 180kg, thus making it one of the heaviest bikes in its segment. Besides sharing its design cues with TNT 300, the 302R has borrowed the 300cc, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine from its donor sibling. The power and torque outputs of this motor stand at 38bhp and 26Nm respectively. Designed on a steel-tube trellis frame, the bike is claimed to offer high stability during cornering and on straight roads. Just so you know, the Benelli 302 first broke cover at the 2015 EICMA Milan motor show, and had its India debut at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016.
Dealers commenced taking pre-orders for the bike in June. One can place the order by paying a sum of Rs 10,000, which is refundable. Read: DSK Benelli TNT 125 – All You Need To Know
Available with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as standard, the DSK Benelli’s 300cc fully-faired sportsbike comes with a price tag of Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Pan India). At this price, it will face challenge from bikes like Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and other 300cc motorcycles.
|Max Power||38bhp at 12000rpm|
|Max Torque||26Nm at 9000rpm|
The all-new 302R derives its power from a 300cc, in-line twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with dual overhead camshafts configuration. This engine pushes out a maximum power output of 38bhp at 10,000rpm, while generating a peak torque of 26Nm at 9,000rpm. This BS4 powertrain has already been used in the Benelli TNT 300 naked streetfighter. However, the company has tweaked its gear ratios for achieving better power output. Transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed gearbox. With the 300cc motor, the bike can achieve 0-100kmph sprints in 8.34 seconds, and offers a top-speed of 154kmph.
The overall length, width and height of this fully faired motorcycle measure 2,157mm, 746mm and 1,146mm respectively. It sits on 1,410mm of wheelbase, and has a seat height of 780mm. Its ground clearance stands at 160mm. The sportsbike offers a fuel tank capacity of 14-litres.
Twin disc brakes
ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
Exhaust with catalytic convertor & oxygen sensors
Front – 260mm double floating discs with 4 pistons calliper
Rear – 240mm single disc with floating calliper single piston
Front – 41mm upside down forks
Rear – Rear wing arm with central shock absorber
The all-new Torando 302 shares 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 received clearance from ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
The new Benelli 300cc bike is offered in three paint schemes – Red Nero, White Rosso and Silver Verde.
The 302R is designed on an all-new Trellis frame that offers 50:50 weight distribution. The new fairing and twin headlamp unit give an aggressive look to the bike. Features such as clip-on handlebars and relocated foot pegs offer a comfortable riding position. The bike also features split seats, clear lens indicators and LED tail lights. Towards the rear, the 302R sports a side mounted exhaust with a dual end-can. Just like other Benelli bikes, it gets an analog digital instrument cluster.
Damping duties on the 302R are performed 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 220mm petal rear disc brake along the standard dual channel ABS. 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).