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 TNT 600After a brief lull, Benelli is working aggressively to expand its India portfolio
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
BS6 Benelli Leoncino 500
2021 Benelli Leoncino 500 comes with the same design and specifications
Benelli is currently on a launch spree as it had previously announced that it will be launching seven new models in India. The company last month launched its mid-displacement adventure tourer- TRK 502 in a BS6 updated form. Now, the bikemaker has launched the BS6 compliant Leoncino 500 in India.
In its latest iteration, the urban scrambler is offered at a starting price of Rs. 4,59,900 (Ex-showroom, India). It is offered in a solitary trim with two colour options- Steel Grey and Leoncino Red. The former is offered at a base price while the latter has been pegged at a price of Rs. 4,69,900 (Ex-showroom).
Interested customers can book the updated Leoncino 500 at a token amount of Rs 10,000 through the company’s official India website or by visiting the nearest Benelli India Dealership. The Chinese-owned Italian brand is also offering a 3-Year Unlimited kilometer warranty with the naked street racer as standard.
The BS6 updated Leoncino 500 is similar to its BS4 predecessor in terms of its styling. The scrambler carries forward the neo-retro design which lends a unique identity to it. Its design is inspired by lovable and easy-to-ride ‘Lion Cub’ models from the 1960s although with a modern approach.
BS6 Benelli Leoncino 500
There are a few design elements which make this bike stand out in a crowd. For instance, its front fender which presents the tiny ‘Lion of Pesaro’ ornament. Other notable highlights include a LED headlamp and slightly redesigned seats and fuel tank.
In terms of specifications, it still retains its 500cc DOHC, in-line twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which returns an output of 47 bhp at 8500 rpm and peak torque of 46 Nm at 6000 rpm. This output is similar to what it produced in its BS4 guise. The 8-valve motor is paired with a six-speed gearbox. Its hardware setup is also identical with a steel trellis frame underpinning the bike.
Suspension duties are handled by upside-down 50mm fork at front and a laterally mounted preload adjustable at rear. Stopping duties are carried out by radially-mounted 4-piston brake callipers which are clamped down by 320mm discs at front.
BS6 Benelli Leoncino 500 Specs
While the rear is handled by a single-piston floating calliper with a 260mm single disc. The braking setup is assisted by a dual-channel switchable ABS. it rides on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped around by 120/70 and 160/60 profiles of tyres at front and rear respectively.
BS6 compliant Leoncino 500 will be available as a CKD product in India and will be retailed through the company’s 39 dealerships across the country. Earlier last month, the Italian brand also launched the 2021 Imperiale 400 which is almost Rs 10k cheaper than the previous model due to high levels of localisation. More
Benelli Imperiale 400
Benelli Imperiale 400 competes with the likes of Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa and Jawa Forty Two and Honda H’ness CB350
Benelli Imperiale 400 is on display at the company’s 37th exclusive showroom under the dealership of Saraswati Automobiles. Benelli and Adishwar Auto Ride India Mahavir Group, located at Asmi Square, Siliguri, West Bengal. The company has announced a new pricing at Rs.1.89 lakhs.
Bookings have opened at Rs.6,000 at the Siliguri showroom and orders can also be placed via the company’s website. Even as the Benelli was launched last year with a price tag of Rs.1.99 lakhs, this lower and attractive price tag has been made possible on account of increased localized content and the strengthening of the Rupee against the Dollar.
New Price New Rivals
Benelli Imperiale 400 competes with the Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa and Jawa Forty Two and the Honda H’ness CB350 in its segment. This cruiser bike gets three colour options of black, red and silver.
It sports a round headlamp with chrome casing, chrome finished turn indicators and chrome accents on its tail lamp. It is built on a steel double cradle frame and shows off a peanut shaped fuel tank while seating is in a split design. The Siliguri showrooms also stocks the company merchandise and accessories.
Benelli Dealership in Vellore
Benelli Imperiale 400 also comes in with a two year unlimited kms warranty. This can be extended to a further two years while Benelli also offers 24×7 road side assistance as a part of its after sales service.
Benelli Imperiale 400 Engine Lineup
The 2021 Benelli Imperiale 400 gets its power via a 364cc, fuel injected, single cylinder, air cooled engine that offers 21 hp power at 6,000 rpm and 29 Nm torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine gets mated to a 5 speed gearbox.
Suspension is handled by 41mm telescopic fork in the front and pre-load adjustable twin shock absorbers at the rear. Braking is via 300mm disc brake in the front and 240mm brake at the rear with dual channel ABS.
Benelli Upcoming Launches
Benelli currently has only 2 bikes in its portfolio in India. Benelli Imperiale 400 BS 6 which was introduced in India in 2020 while on 29th January 2021 the Benelli TRK 502 was launched at Rs.4.80 lakhs. Other model launches were delayed due to the pandemic last year and now Benelli is planning several new launches in the country.
These will include Benelli TRK 502X with launch in March 21, while later this year the company will bring in the Benelli Leoncino 500, Benelli 302S Tourer, Benelli 302R Super sport, Benelli Leoncino 250 and the Benelli TNT 600i. More
2021 Benelli TRK 502
BS6 updated Benelli TRK 502 is priced aggressively – This is introductory ex-sh price
Benelli has expanded its BS6 lineup in India by introducing its adventure tourer TRK 502 in India. The updated TRK 502 has been reached dealerships across the country. The latest iteration of the tourer bike will not only have cleaner emissions but will feature several new updates.
The middleweight ADV is priced from Rs 4.79 lakh ex-sh for the Grey colour and Rs 4.89 lakhs for the Red and White colour option. All prices are introductory, and ex-sh. TRK lineup consists of two new models- 502 and 502X, the latter being an even more off-road biased model. 502X has not been launched today, it is expected to be launched at a later date.
Updated Design & Features
The new 502 for India is starkly different from the updated TRK 502 which recently made its debut internationally. However, some of its design elements are borrowed from the international-spec model. For starters, the updated TRK 502 will receive reinforced aluminium frame knuckle guards, redesigned rearview mirrors and new handlebar grips.
Furthermore, Benelli will be offering new backlit switches on handlebars for better convenience. The updated adventure motorcycle will come with a new semi-digital instrument console with an orange backlit LCD along with a white back-lit analogue tachometer.
Mr. Vikas Jhabakh MD Benelli India with 2021 Benelli TRK 502
Although it displays the same set of information displayed on the previous unit. Interestingly, these new updates are in line with its international sibling which debuted recently.
Other notable changes include a new front mudguard finished in body colour instead of a blacked-out piece on the older TRK 502. Overall, design of the updated TRK 502 bears resemblance to its BS4 counterpart. Its traditional beak and seat along with the pillion grab rail and tail rack have been carried over from its predecessor.
Although the seat’s profile is narrower and mounting for a pannier box is also different now. The new seat profile will help shorter riders manoeuvre this seemingly large bike in tight corners.
2021 Benelli TRK 502
Hardware carried over
Underpinnings have been carried over from the outgoing model. Suspension setup is inverted USD forks at front and a rear mono-shock at rear. Alloy wheels wrapped around by road-biased tyres will be usual for the standard TRK 502. Stopping power will come from twin discs with radial caliper up front and a single disc at rear which will be assisted by dual-channel ABS as standard.
Powertrain Specs & Expected Price
The updated TRK 502 will feature the same 499.6cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine as in its predecessor although it will comply with the latest BS6 emission norms. In its BS6 guise, this powertrain will be capable enough to generate 46.8 bhp at 8,500rpm and 46 Nm at 6,000rpm. This unit will be mated to a six-speed gearbox. It is positioned between KTM 390 Adventure and Kawasaki Versys 650.
2021 Benelli TRK 502 Specs
Mr. Vikas Jhabakh, Managing Director, Benelli India, said, “We are delighted to introduce the BS-VI TRK 502. It is the perfect amalgamation of an innovative technological phenomenon, unmatched ergonomics, enhanced functionality and uncompromised quality. With the transition to BS-VI norms, we are confident in further strengthening our footprint in the premium touring segment.”
He further added, “We are working towards expanding our dealership reach and will continue to add more models in the BS-VI format over the course of the year 2021, ensuring that there is something for every biking enthusiast in the Benelli portfolio.” More
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Benelli discontinued all the models ever since BS6 emission norms kicked on April 1, 2020 and updated only offering in its portfolio- Imperiale 400
Benelli has had a very quiet 2020 since the company hasn’t had much to celebrate about. It has only one product in its India lineup as of now, i.e., Imperiale 400. The Chinese-owned Italian bikemaker has now revealed its upcoming lineup for the Indian market which is going to comply with the latest BS6 emission norms.
The company will launch seven new motorcycles in the coming few months probably starting from next month and going up to August 2021. These updated BS6 models are expected to witness a considerable price hike in comparison to their discontinued BS4 models somewhere between the range of Rs 20,000 – Rs 30,000.
Benelli India Line-up for 2021
The 2021 model lineup will include Benelli TRK 502, TRK 502X, Leoncino 250, Leoncino 500, 302S, 302R and TNT 600i. TRK 502 and TRK 502X are adventure tourer motorcycles with the former being more adept in handling hardcore off-road trails.
The Leoncino brand is the Italian bikemaker’s range of scrambler motorcycles. Both models are similarly designed as street naked body styles with the smaller one equipped with a 250cc single-cylinder engine while the bigger one is powered by a 500c parallel-twin mill.
BS6 Benelli Imperiale 400 on display at company showroom.
Surprisingly Benelli has replaced TNT 300 with the new naked roadster 302S which will be powered by the same 300cc in-line two-cylinder engine which did its work in TNT 300. It will also be accompanied by its faired sibling- 302R which will be powered by a 300cc parallel-twin motor instead of an in-line two-cylinder unit.
The brand’s flagship product TNT 600i will probably be the last of the lot which will be launched around August this year. The naked streetfighter will be powered by a 600cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC in-line four-cylinder motor.
Other models in foray
That’s not all, Benelli is also expected to widen its portfolio by bringing in other models such as its entry-level adventure tourer TRK 251 and its flagship ADV TRK 802 sometime at a later stage.
TRK 802 was also stopped testing in foreign lands a few months ago. Retailed as SRB 750 in the Chinese market, TRK 802 will be powered by a 745cc, parallel-twin engine which is good enough for 76bhp and 67Nm of peak torque.
Honestly, we expected Benelli’s flagship faired motorcycle- 600RR to be included in the lineup as it has been spotted testing on numerous occasions overseas. The motorcycle was revealed as ‘QJ SRG600’ in the Chinese market a few months ago. It will be powered by a 600cc in-line four-cylinder unit which kicks out close to 84 bhp and 54.6 Nm of peak torque while being mated to a six-speed gearbox. More
Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail
The Benelli Leoncino 800 twins are equipped with adjustable Marzocchi front suspension and Brembo braking system
The middle weight retro-classic roadster segment seems to be in the vogue off late as indicated by steady inflow of new models. The Triumph Trident brought fresh energy to this segment which is currently dominated by the Ducati Scrambler family. Now, another Italian brand has joined the bandwagon with two new motorcycles.
Benelli Leoncino 800 and Trail
The Benelli Leoncino 800 and Leoncino 800 Trail roadsters have been unveiled to take advantage of the middle-weight boom. The road-focused Leoncino 800 adopts the nameplate’s traditional styling language with an exposed trellis frame, a slender fuel tank, a simple tailpiece and spoke wheels.
Benelli Leoncino 800
The oval LED headlamp with horse-shoe shaped DRL and LED blinkers attempt to bring a touch of modernity to an otherwise classic package. Of course, the front fender carries the nameplate’s quintessential lion mascot.
The Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail on the other hand has a sportier appeal with additional bodywork. The scrambler gets high-mounted twin exhaust pipes which are protected by a silver panel that extends from the tailpiece, and a compact body colored headlamp fairing. While the Leoncino 800 employs road-friendly 17-inch wheels at either end, the Trail variant adopts a larger 19-inch unit up front. Both motorcycles are shod with dual-purpose tyres.
The middle-weight Benelli Leoncino twins are powered by a 754 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor which develops 76 hp and 68 Nm of torque. Transmission is a 6-speed unit which is connected to the motor by means of a slipper clutch.
The trellis frame is equipped with Marzocchi upside down front forks with rebound, compression and preload adjustments. The monoshock rear suspension offers preload adjustment. The Trail has a longer front suspension travel of 5.5 inches compared to the regular variant’s 5.1 inches. The Trail variant also has a slightly higher saddle height.
Braking system which comprises twin front discs and a single rear unit is from Brembo. In a nutshell, the made-in-China motorcycles which are designed in Italy, do no skimp on hardware. While detailed specifications are scarce, we expect the twins to be equipped with two-channel ABS as a standard fitment.
Benelli is yet to reveal the prices of the Leoncino 800 family. We expect it to undercut the likes of Yamaha XSR700 by a considerable margin. Market launch is expected in the first half of 2021. There is always a sizable market for a well-priced middle weight motorcycle in India, so we expect the lions to make it to our shores soon after their international debut. More