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    2021 Benelli 500cc Sportbike Based On Leoncino 500 Spied Undisguised

    New Benelli 500cc sportsbike
    If rebranded as Benelli, this motorcycle could extend the R-series by retailing it as ‘502R’
    Benelli earlier this year announced that it would be launching as many as seven new models in India by August this year. These included Benelli TRK 502, TRK 502X, Leoncino 500, Leoncino 250, 302S, 302R and TNT 600i out of which the first three models have already launched in the country in their latest BS6 avatars.
    The Italian brand’s parent Chinese company, Qianjiang Motor, is slated to introduce multiple models in the coming future which are speculated to be rebranded as Benelli models in overseas markets. Another such model was recently spotted in China which is expected to wear the Italian brand’s logo in future.
    This bike in the latest spy shot is reportedly going to feature a 500cc motor which might be derived from the company’s scrambler Leoncino 500. Given that Benelli doesn’t have a 500cc middleweight faired superbike up its sleeve, the speculations seem very much plausible.
    The motorcycle in the spy pic is not wearing any camouflage and could be clearly visible donning the QJ logo. In fact, the design wears an uncanny similarity to the 250cc faired sportbike recently leaked on the internet from an approval document.
    New Benelli 500cc sportsbike. Image – NewMotor
    Design
    Similar to the quarter-litre motorcycle, the 500cc bike wears a faired outfit with a white paint scheme. The fairing is neatly placed with minimal sharp lines and a small air duct for enhanced aerodynamic qualities. The front end of the bike is almost identical to its quarter-litre counterpart which gets a split LED headlight with integrated LED DRLs, rearview mirrors mounted on the front fairing along with a narrow windscreen.
    Other styling commonalities include a split seat setup, rear-set footpegs and a clip-on handlebar which should make for a sporty riding experience. It is clearly visible that QJ Motor has designed this bike to suit beginners as well as shorter riders.
    No grab rails are visible for the pillion although it can be integrated with the rear cowl. In addition, the raised tail section and compact upswept exhaust also mirror the 250cc superbike.
    Expected Specifications
    Coming to its specs, this motor is expected to be powered by the same 500cc twin-cylinder motor which also performs its duty on Leoncino 500. This engine kicks out 46.8 bhp at 8500 rpm and 46 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm and is paired with a six-speed gearbox. As far as hardware goes, the motorcycle is equipped with a pair of USD forks at front and a mono-shock at rear which will handle suspension duties. Braking will be carried out by twin rotors up-front and a single disc at rear. More

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    Benelli Parent Firm Patents New 250cc And 350cc Sports Bike

    New 350cc From Benelli Parent
    Benelli had earlier announced that it will be launching seven new models in India in 2021 out of which three have already been introduced
    The partnership between Italian brand Benelli and Chinese automaker Qianjiang Motor has turned out to be a fruitful one. Since Qianjian has taken over Benelli’s operation, the latter has come out with a wide range of products which are mostly rebadged QJMotor models.
    Since QJMotor’s operations are limited to China, the company sells most of its premium bikes as rebranded Benelli models since the latter has a strong base in international markets. The Chinese counterpart has yet again patented a new model which it might be willing to ship to overseas markets.
    Design
    This new motorcycle is a 350cc supersport motorcycle with a typical faired design. In terms of looks, it features twin-beam LED headlights and a fully faired body. The bike sports contrasting body panels that extend from its rear edges of the headlights to divide the fairing into distinct upper and lower sections. This gives it a hint of resemblance to the final generation Triumph Daytona 675. However, unlike most Chinese auto manufacturers, this one isn’t a completely ripped-off design.
    All lighting seems to be LED units. The bike will be offered in two variants- the lower spec with a single front disc brake and the higher-spec trim with twin rotors at front. For a fully faired 350cc motorcycle, it weighs a manageable 179 kilos. Other notable highlights include a clip-on handlebar, split-style seats and front fairing-mounted rearview mirrors which give an impression of horns.
    New 250cc From Benelli Parent
    Powertrain
    Powering this motorcycle will be a new 353cc twin-cylinder motor which can push out around 36 horses. Suspension duties will be handled by inverted telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock at rear. Will this motorcycle be rebranded as a Benelli in international markets is still a debatable question since Benelli has its own 302R.
    The latter recently got updated in China and the latest iteration is supposed to head towards India in the coming few weeks. It is a question if there is enough space for both QJ 353cc bike and the 302R under Benelli’s lineup.
    Quarter-litre Faired Sportsbike
    The 353cc motorcycle is not the only faired bike recently patented by Qianjiang. There is also another new sports bike that is powered by a 249cc single-cylinder motor. This engine can churn out 27.5 bhp and could weigh only 159kg. This model will also be available in two derivatives. The base trim will be based on a tubular steel frame with a double-sided swingarm whereas the higher-spec model will feature an aluminium single-sider.
    The more premium one will get a fully-floating front disc brake while the cheaper alternative will have to make do with a semi-floater. There will also be differences in the wheels of the two trims. None of the models mentioned above are likely to land on Indian shores anytime soon.
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    New Benelli Electric Scooter Makes Global Debut With 60 Kms Range

    Benelli Dong Electric Scooter
    Dong e-scooter has been designed strictly as an urban mobility solution with a single-charge range of only 60km
    Now, the Chinese are very well known for quirky and out-of-the-box designs and not in a good way. That is why most of their automotive designs are ripped off from international models. If you think, you have seen the craziest automotive designs then you are in for a treat, thanks to the new Benelli Dong electric scooter.
    Benelli recently introduced the mini e-scooter in Indonesia and it is certainly difficult to ignore despite its miniature size. The design is something very original that we doubt has been witnessed anywhere around the world. It has been designed to position as an affordable means of electric mobility.
    Benelli Dong Electric Scooter
    Quirky Design
    The e-scooter gets a curvy front apron that gels well with a cylindrical shape rear section with an under-seat panel housing the battery and electric motor. The floorboard tapers towards the rear to meet a silver-coloured serpentine-style swingarm.
    The e-scooter will be made available in three colour options- blue, dark grey and white. Other highlights include full-LED lighting, a circular LED DRL, turn indicators mounted on the handle, a large grab rail at rear and a negative LCD display for the instrument cluster.
    Benelli Dong Electric Scooter
    Modest Specs
    Speaking of its specifications, the majority of under-seat space is taken up by the 1.56kWh lithium-ion battery pack which is paired to a 1.2kW electric motor rated to produce a peak torque of 24.8 Nm. This powertrain returns a range of 60km on a single charge and can attain a top speed of only 45 kmph.
    Benelli Dong Electric Scooter
    Needless to point that it has been solely designed for short-distance urban commutes. The hub motor employed ensures that there is no need for either a chain or shaft drive system.
    This setup doesn’t leave much space for anything else in the under-seat storage, hence it isn’t the most practical scooter going around. The shape of the seat also wouldn’t be exactly ideal for a pillion. Another interesting bit of feature is the fake exhaust noise which gives it the vibe of a conventional IC engine-powered scooter. Fortunately, this feature could be turned off.
    Benelli Dong Electric Scooter
    Benelli Electric Scooter Price
    The Italian bike brand is owned by Chinese automaker Qianjiang Motors and little to doubt, we believe that QJ must have been involved in the development of this mini e-scooter on some level. Dong has been priced at 36.8 million Indonesian Rupiah that is equivalent to INR 1.89 lakh. Dong is surely a head-turner but is it valuable enough to be owned?

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    New Benelli 302R Starts Arriving At Showrooms In China – First Look

    New Benelli 302RUpon its launch in India, the new Benelli 302R will be rivaling the likes of Kawasaki Ninja 300, TVS Apache RR 310 and the upcoming new-gen KTM RC 390
    With three new launches in India this year, Benelli has had a busy first quarter of 2021. Last month, images of the production-spec 2021 302R were leaked which gave us an idea about the bike. The upcoming entry-level faired sports bike made its debut in China last week sharing details of the India-bound motorcycle.
    The faired superbike has started reaching dealerships in China where its prices have been tagged at CNY 29,800 (approximately INR 3.38 lakh). As discussed previously, the latest iteration of 302R comes with a bunch of updates in terms of aesthetics and features. It also gets an updated engine that satisfies the latest emission norms.
    Redesigned Styling
    Starting with its design, the updated 302R comes with a revised front fascia that looks more aggressive and sharper than the outgoing model. The front end flaunts a vertically stacked LED headlamp unit which is flanked by fairing-mounted turn indicators on both sides that also double up as turn indicators. The new 302R dons a much slimmer and sleeker fairing than the previous model making it look more attractive.
    The earlier edition of the motorcycle featured a broad front end and large headlight unit which made it look obese. The streamlined front end of the bike enhances its aerodynamic properties that should translate to slightly better performance. Take a look at the short walkaround video of new Benelli 302R below. Hat tip to Rahul for sharing this video.
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    Updates have been made to its tail section as well which features a new pair of LED taillights along with new air vents under the pillion seat. New body graphics and colour scheme must give the updated 302R a fresh appeal.
    Features & Specifications
    In terms of features, the 2021 302R now comes with a revised cockpit featuring a new fully digital TFT instrument display. The digital screen displays a whole lot of information from the speedometer, odometer, fuel level, temperature gauge and gear position indicator. Switch gears are now back-lit giving the motorcycle a more premium appeal.
    Coming to its specifications, it will be powered by an updated 300cc, parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor complying with the latest Euro-5 emission norms. This unit is tuned to 34.5 bhp at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm making it marginally more powerful than its predecessor. It will be linked to a six-speed gearbox. The major bump in performance can be felt with a loss in its kerb weight by 22 kilos. The motorcycle now weighs just 182kg.
    Suspension setup has been left untouched that comprises 41mm upside-down forks at front with preload adjustability and a mono-shock unit at rear. Anchorage duties will be handled by dual discs with 4-piston calipers from Bosch at front and a single disc at rear. This will be assisted by a dual-channel ABS as standard. The updated 302R is expected to be launched in India in a couple of months and will most likely be priced around Rs 3.50-3.60 lakh (ex-showroom). More

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    2021 Benelli 302R Debuts Ahead Of Launch – KTM RC 390 Rival

    2021 Benelli 302RIn India, new Benelli 302R will be pitted against Kawasaki Ninja 300, TVS Apache RR 310 and the upcoming KTM RC 390
    Benelli has had a busy start to 2021 with as many as three new models launched namely TRK 502, Leoncino 500 and TRK 502X. For the better part of 2020, Benelli had just one offering under its lineup in the form of Imperiale 400. However, the Chinese-owned Italian bikemaker has promised to be back with a bang with a host of new offerings for this year.
    The next big launch for Benelli is most likely to be the updated 2021 302R that has been officially unveiled. The latest iteration of the fully-faired motorcycle comes with a revised styling, new features and an updated engine to satisfy the latest emission norms. Images of the entry-level faired superbike were leaked earlier last month revealing certain details of the upcoming motorcycle.
    Revised Styling
    2021 302R comes with a redesigned front face which is sharper and more aggressive than its predecessor. The overall silhouette gets tweaked thanks to a slimmer and sleeker fairing and a reshaped fuel tank that certainly looks more attractive than the previous iteration with a stocky, overweight and broad front end. The front fascia features a vertically stacked LED projector headlamp that is flanked by fairing-mounted turn indicators that also double up as LED DRLs.
    Changes have been made to the tail section as well with an LED taillight and new air vents under the pillion seat. Overall, body panels have improved and become smoother accentuating the bike’s aerodynamic properties.
    2021 Benelli 302R
    The body also features new attractive body graphics which enhance the bike’s sporty appeal. Major ramification has been carried out on its frame which now weighs 22 kilos lighter at 182kg. This would mean a much better power to weight ratio which is expected to translate into better on-road performance.
    Engine, Hardware Specs
    Speaking of performance, it is powered by an updated 300cc, parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine that complies with the latest Euro-5 emission norms. This motor now kicks out 34.5 bhp at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm which is marginally lower than the BS4 model. It will be coupled with a six-speed gearbox. Hardware configurations are kept intact with 41mm upside-down forks at front with preload adjustability and a mono-shock unit at rear.
    Features on offer
    Braking duties will be carried out by dual discs with 4-piston calipers at front and a single disc at rear. Safety net will be provided by dual-channel ABS as standard. Among other features on offer, the new 302R will come with a revised cockpit featuring a new TFT instrument display replacing the analogue-digital instrument console.
    2021 Benelli 302R
    The digital display shows readings from the speedometer, odometer, fuel level, temperature gauge and gear position indicator. It also receives new backlit switch gears that look more attractive and premium.
    The updated 302R is set to go on sale in China at a price of CNY 29,800 (approximately INR 3.38 lakh). In India, it is likely to be priced around Rs 3.50-3.60 lakh (ex-showroom). Upon its launch, it will rival the likes of TVS Apache RR 310, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the upcoming KTM RC 390. More

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    2021 Benelli TNT 600 Leaks Ahead Of India Launch This Year

    2021 Benelli TNT 600After a brief lull, Benelli is working aggressively to expand its India portfolio
    In the BS6 era, Benelli has been slow to update its motorcycles to comply with new emission norms. For several months, it only had Imperiale 400 in the Indian market. However, things have started moving a lot faster in 2021, as the Chinese-owned Italian motorcycle manufacturer has already launched three new motorcycles – Benelli TRK 502, 502X ADV and Leoncino 500.
    Benelli has plans to launch five more motorcycles this year in India, one of which will be TNT 600. The other four are TRK 502X, Leoncino 250, 302S, and 302R. One of the most awaited is TNT 600, which has now been revealed online via type-approval documents. This is likely to be the variant that will be launched in India later this year.
    New Benelli TNT 600 design and updates
    New Benelli TNT 600 packs in a range of visual updates. For example, the motorcycle gets refreshed side panels that flank the radiator. Another key change is the new seat unit that gets intake-style scoops on the sides. Headlight and colour TFT dashboard look similar to the updated units that were introduced in 2020 in markets where the motorcycle is still available for sale.
    Talking about functional improvements, new TNT 600 has been equipped with a new swingarm. This looks similar to the one that was used last year for Benelli’s parent company QJMotor’s SRK600 motorcycle.
    2021 Benelli 302R
    New TNT 600 appears to have Marzocchi forks and Brembo brake callipers. This configuration is similar to that of top-spec QJMotor SRK600. The motorcycle is expected to be equipped with Bosch dual-channel switchable ABS that was also available with the earlier variant.
    New Benelli TNT 600 engine
    With the engine updated to comply with BS6 emission norms, power output is expected to reduce to 80 hp. In its earlier, BS4 format, the 600cc in-line four motor was capable of generating 86.24 PS of max power and 54.6 Nm of peak torque. This was mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
    New Benelli TNT 600 is expected to be priced higher as compared to BS4 variant. The BS4 standard variant was priced at around Rs 5.60 lakh whereas the ABS variant retailed at a starting price of Rs 6.17 lakh.
    As may be recalled, TNT 600 was taken out from European markets as well when Euro-5 emission norms came into effect. Now that the motorcycle has received type-approval in China, it is expected to comply with Euro 5 / BS6 emission norms. China has its own emission norms, which are similar to that of Euro 5 and BS6. More

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    2021 Benelli TRK 502X Launch Price Rs 5.2 L – Rs 40k More Than TRK 502

    2021 Benelli 502XThe new Benelli TRK 502X is a direct rival to the recently launched Honda CB500X although it is far more affordable than the Japanese adventure motorcycle
    Benelli is currently on a launch spree as it had earlier committed to introducing seven new BS6 compliant models by August 2021. This means one new model every month. The first two months of the year saw the launch of TRK 502 and Leoncino 500 in their latest iterations.
    Price & Colour options
    Now, the Chinese-owned Italian bikemaker has launched the new generation TRK 502X at a starting price of Rs. 5,19,900 (Ex-showroom, India). This makes it Rs 40,000 dearer than its sibling TRK 502. Compared to the TRK 502, the 502X is more capable of handling rough trails, thanks to some additional features on board.
    2021 Benelli 502X
    The latest iteration of the adventure motorcycle will be offered in a single trim with three colour options namely Metallic Dark Grey, Pure White and Benelli Red. The first option is available at the base price while the latter two will be offered at a price of at Rs. 5,29,900 (ex-showroom). These are introductory prices.
    A 3-Year Unlimited kilometers warranty is offered as standard across the range. Bookings for the updated adventure bike have begun at all the 41 Benelli dealerships across the country at a token amount of Rs 10,000. Deliveries are also set to commence soon.
    2021 Benelli 502X
    Design Highlights
    The new-gen TRK 502X carries forward styling cues from its predecessor. This means it retains the steel Trellis frame of the outgoing model and has been designed as an entry-level middle-weight adventure tourer.
    2021 Benelli 502X
    Design highlights of the new TRK 502X include a twin-pod headlight setup, a muscular fuel tank, knuckle guards, a semi-fairing design, wire-spoke wheels, split-style seats and an upswept exhaust. It receives a blacked-out adjustable handlebar that showcases a Benelli logo. It also gets a new cast aluminium rear box bracket that makes it easier to mount additional luggage.
    Coming to its equipment, the new TRK 502X comes with a revised semi-digital instrument console with a white and amber-lit display. The adventure bike now offers backlit rider control switches which makes them easier to locate in dark plus while also giving it a premium look. Wing mirrors are redesigned and are now longer and broader, offering better rear view visibility.
    2021 Benelli 502X
    Mechanical Specifications
    Dynamics of the 2021 TRK 502X have been carried forward from the outgoing model. This includes a suspension setup that consists of 50mm upside-down forks at front and a preload-adjustable mono-shock at rear.
    It rides on 110/80 profile 19-inch and 150/70 profile 17-inch wire-spoke rims at front and rear respectively. Anchoring duties are handled by 320mm twin, petal-type rotors at front and a 260mm single, petal-type disc at rear while a safety net is provided by a dual-channel ABS as standard. A high ground clearance of 220mm certainly helps in its adventure trails.
    2021 Benelli 502X
    In terms of powertrain, the new TRK 502X will draw power from a Euro-5-BS6 updated 499cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder motor just like its road-biased sibling. This unit is capable of churning out 46.8 bhp at 8,500rpm and 46Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm and is paired with a six-speed gearbox. More

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    2021 Benelli 302R Leaks In Production Guise Ahead Of Launch

    2021 Benelli 302R
    Upon its launch, Benelli 302R will go up against the likes of TVS Apache RR 310, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the upcoming KTM RC 390
    At the start of 2021, Benelli announced that it will be launching seven new models in the coming year. Out of seven, two models- TRK 502 adventure bike and Leoncino 500 naked scrambler have already been launched in the first couple of months. One of the upcoming models has now been revealed through a leaked document.
    The updated 302R has been leaked from a set of documents which gives us a few details of the upcoming entry-level faired sports bike from the Chinese-owned Italian manufacturer. The revamped version of 302R comes with a host of cosmetic updates over its predecessor with new styling cues adopted.
    Updated Styling
    2021 facelifted twin-cylinder sports bike comes with a much slimmer and sleeker fairing than its previous iteration which undoubtedly looks more attractive. The previous edition of 302R looked stocky and overweight with a broad front end and large headlight.
    The new model gets an updated fascia that now features a vertically stacked headlight cluster which is flanked by separate side sections of the fairing which makes it look a lot leaner.
    Current Benelli 302R
    Aerodynamically designed lower side fairings come with new body graphics but appear to be similar mouldings as before. Same is the case with its fuel tank which has been carried over from the current model although it gets a completely new stepped-up seat that is cleaner and sportier to look at. Apart from this, we expect Benelli to offer new paint schemes as well for the new 302R.
    Same Powertrain
    In terms of performance, it will be powered by the same 300cc parallel-twin motor which can crank up to 37 bhp and 26.5 Nm of torque and will be paired with a six-speed gearbox. This engine will now comply with the strict Euro-5/BS6 emission standards.
    As per the leaked documents, kerb weight of faired motorcycle has decreased from 190 kg to 182 kg while the wheelbase has been retained at 1410mm. We expect underpinnings and dynamics of the motorcycle to remain untouched as well. Braking will be handled by rotors supplied by Bosch.
    While an exact launch timeline hasn’t been revealed, the facelifted 302R is definitely one of the bikes, Benelli will launch later towards the course of this year. Currently, the Italian brand has only three BS6 offerings in India in the form of Imperiale 400, TRK 502 and Leoncino 500. Other motorcycles to be launched by Benelli in India in the coming months are TRK 502X, 302S, Leoncino 250 and TNT 600i.
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