|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||300cc||Manual||38PS @ 11500RPM||27NM @ 10000RPM||32kmpl|
Italian bikes are the most beautiful design and there is no introduction need to tell about their sculpting Benelli TNT300 is the first lower capacity motorcycle from the Chinese owned Italian bike maker. After the launch of its middleweight naked bike in India, the brand has introduced its second model recently. The Benelli TNT 300 has always been known for its pure adrenaline sound when the rpm goes higher and higher.
The Benelli TNT300 boasts a meaty and muscular design that stands out in the crowd of any bikes on the road. The headlamp is a sharp edgy unit comes split into two half with the low beam glows upon the top and the high beam light up at the bottom. A tiny wind deflector on the top of headlamp completes the front look. The teardrop-shaped sculpted fuel tank design is the main attractive element of the bike as it gives the muscular look from any sides. Under the fuel tank is the Benelli’s Tornado Naked Trellis (TNT) frame which is painted in black and the step-up single piece well-cushioned seat completes the look. The tail lamp is a large rectangular LED unit that is visible clearly from any distance and so the LED blinkers too.
The Italian naked machine 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 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 TNT300 is powered by a 300cc parallel-twin engine that 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 in which the latter is a sports bike whereas the Italian make is a naked streetfighter.
When you power up the engine you can hear a grunting roar from the underbelly exhaust which comes with two catalytic converters. In simple, Benelli has been known well for their exhaust sound and Benelli TNT 300 is a perfect example for their sound engineering. There is a lot amount of low-end torque and when the rpm crosses beyond 8000 rpm 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 16-litre fuel tank runs for a range of 550km on a full tank of fuel.
The Benelli TNT 300 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 single-piece seat offers great comfort on the long rides and the upright riding position great goes well with the rear set footpegs that would crave for leaning into the long corners on the roads.
Thunder is coming.
I’m standing at the Worli Sea Face, a vast promenade filled with families and lovers and their vehicles parked alongside, all enjoying a brief respite from the perennial Mumbai showers. I get up on my bike and press the starter. Another thunder, this time, man made. Everyone cranes their necks. Moments ago, a Harley Davidson 883 Iron had puttered to a stop and not half as many necks had craned to see the source of this racket as they’re doing now. Westeros would be proud.