|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||300cc||Manual||38PS @ 11500RPM||27NM @ 10000RPM||32kmpl|
Since the Chinese owned Italian bike maker Benelli have launched its naked streetfighters from the quarter-litre segment to the litre-class machines, there’s no any sports model from Benelli launched in our country since the arrival of the brand in India. Without any anticipation and waiting, the Italian brand surprised everyone by launching a sports model motorcycle, the Benelli 302R. The fairing model is not a complete race-bred machine neither a sober city purpose motorcycle but it is built for all-round functionality and the brand have developed this motorcycle under sports tourer category.
From the front, the Benelli 302R is highlighted by a twin set headlamp unit housed as one accompanied by two LED strips that run at the bottom of the headlamp housing. Above that is an aerodynamically designed visor that bents over at the top up to the instrument console at the top. The aerodynamically designed fuel tank may look small but it holds a whopping 14 litres of capacity in it. The sports tourer is built on a trellis frame which was hidden by the fairing that covers all the front portion of the vehicle including the powerplant. The split seat setup has not only designed to look better but also provides great comfort for both the rider and the pillion. The split grab rail units are placed on either side of the tail section cowls and it offers a firm grip. The rear LED unit is a new design and it looks sportier too.
The Italian sports tourer comes with a host of features that no other manufacturer offers on any bikes in this segment. The bike gets USD telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock suspension at the rear in which both are adjustable for damping and rebound conditions. The braking system gets dual discs at the front which is the segment-first in our country. The clutch levers and brake levers are now adjustable for the convenience of the rider’s reach. The instrument console is a combo of the analogue tachometer on the left and a digital speedometer on the right that displays all the basic details from the digital display.
The braking duties are carried out by a 260mm dual discs at the front with a four-pot floating calliper and the rear comes with a 240mm disc operated by a large single-piston calliper. Benelli also offers dual-channel ABS as a standard option.
The Benelli 302R is powered by a 300cc parallel-twin engine that powers the naked machine from the brand’s lineup. The power mill develops 38.26BHP of maximum power at 11500rpm and a peak torque of 26.5Nm at 10000rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox through a wet multi-plate clutch which works well. This is one of the two motorcycles in its segment to come with twin-cylinder after the Yamaha R3.
When you power up the engine you can hear a soft grunt from the stylishly designed twin end exhaust that comes with two catalytic converters. In simple, Benelli has been known well for its exhaust sound. As the rpm rises on the Benelli 302R, the sound becomes more refined and racier as compared to its naked sibling. There is a lot amount of low-end torque and when the rpm crosses beyond 8000rpm the real power comes out of the power mill.
The 300cc parallel-twin mill returns 32kmpl on city roads and 35kmpl on the highways. The 14-litre fuel tank runs for a range of 480km on a full tank of fuel.
The Benelli 302R comes with twin Upside Down (USD) telescopic forks of 41mm at the front which also can be adjustable for damping and rebound actions and at the rear, a swing arm mounted monoshock suspension which is adjustable for damping and preload conditions. The split seat offers great comfort on the long rides and the forward-biased riding position craves for more speed with the rear set footpegs that gives the confidence to lean into the long corners on the roads.