DSK Benelli Tornado 302: Quick Review

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The Italian motorcycle manufacturer has unveiled the fully-faired naked street bike TNT 300, named the Tornado 302 at the 2016 Auto Expo. The street bike famous for its high performance could be renamed Tornado 300 for the Indian market.

Design

The fairing on the bike looks perfectly suited to the naked sibling and the side sticker profiling looks not over-worked. The boomerang curve at the side bottom profile looks stunning and the Benelli branding is aptly done.

The fuel tank has been sculpted elegantly and the exhaust finishes off with a smooth looking double barrel output at the end. The chassis can be seen, but not too revealing unlike the naked streets bikes we have seen on Indian roads.

2016 Auto Expo: Benelli Tornado 302 Whirls Into India

Performance

The Tornado uses the same engine from the TNT 300, the 2-cylinder liquid cooled 4-stroke engine pushes out 36bhp @12,000rpm with torque of 27Nm @9,000rpm. The 6-speed transmission propels the wet clutch and the final drive is by chain.

All of this power comes to standstill with the 260mm and 240mm discs for the front and rear respectively. The ABS will be optional.

Ride & Handling

The Tornado 302 will sport a low rung handlebar justifying its track racing design, and the pegs could be moved backward to adjust the forward leaning riding position. The chassis too could be redeveloped to assist the rider position.

Features

Most of the features will be adapted from its sibling, the TNT 300, however, Benelli could bring in some standard features to add premiumness to the Tornado 302 and to justify its pricing.

The instrument panel on the TNT 300 includes an analogue tachometer, and digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip meter and odometer.

Verdict

The bike will be positioned alongside the KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Yamaha R3. Given the proven performance of the TNT 300 and insane sound of the 2-cylinder, Benelli could have a winner.

We cannot write off the others, especially KTM RC390, it has a huge fan following and the of the KTM pricing is too tempting. The R3 and Ninja 300 have been slow in terms of sales and could have an earnest rival, the Tornado 302.

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Story first published: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 16:49 [IST]
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