In many aspects, the college going people today are more lucky than the bunch that completed graduation about five years back. No, we are not talking about better quality education but about more options in terms of rides. The entry level performance segment of motorcycle was taken by storm with the entry of KTM into the Indian market. The success of KTM’s streetfighter Duke series attracted more manufacturers in the entry level performance motorcycles in India.
The latest arrival in the streetfighter market was made by Kawasaki who recently launched its quarter-litre Z250 in India. The likes of Benelli TNT 300 (internationally known as BN 302) and Hyosung GD250N are expected to hit the Indian showrooms very soon. So we decided to place the technical specifications of these entry level performance streetfighter to understand which outdoes the others (in terms of tech specs).
|Specifications||Kawasaki Z250||KTM Duke 390||Benelli TNT 300||Hyosung GD250N|
|Type and Displacement||249cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 8 valves, Parallel Twin||373.2cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC||300cc Liquid cooled Four-stroke 4-valve DOHC Inline Two||249cc Single-Cylinder, DOHC, four-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled|
|Number of Cylinders||Two||One||Two||One|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||62.0 x 41.2||89.0 x 60.0||65.0 x 45.2||73.0 x 59.6|
|Seat Height (mm)||785||800||795||NA|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||145||170||180||135|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litre)||17||11||16||11|
|Kerb Weight (kgs)||168||139||185||145|
|Tyres and Brakes|
|Front||110/70-17M/C (54S)||110/70-17 M/C 54W TL||120/70-17/C||120/80-16|
|Rear||140/70-17M/C (66S)||150/60-17 M/C 66W TL||160/60-17/C||170/80-15|
|Front Brake (mm)||300 mm petal discs||ByBre single discs w/ABS300 mm disc||260mm Twin Disc||300mm Single Disc|
|Rear Brake (mm)||220 mm petal disc||230 mm disc||240 Single Disc||230mm Single Disc|
|Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi) (INR)||INR 2.99 lakh||INR 1.88 lakh||INR 2.83 lakh||Expected: INR 1.8-2.4 lakh|
Among the four aforementioned motorcycles, the KTM Duke 390, with its 373.2cc single cylinder motor, is the most powerful product. The 373.2cc liquid cooled single cylinder unit produces 43 PS of power and 35Nm of torque. The still-to-be-launched Benelli TNT 300 comes in second with its 300cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engine producing 37PS of power and 27Nm of torque. The Kawasaki Z250, with its 249cc parallel twin motor comes third with 32PS of power while the still-to-arrive Hyosung GD250N finishes last with its 249cc single cylinder motor which produces 28PS of power. In terms of torque, however, the Hyosung GD250N overshoots the Kawasaki Z250 by about 4Nm.
The KTM Duke 390 also tops the list of power-to-weight ratio. With of approximately 310PS per tonne, the KTM Duke 390 aces the list followed by Benelli TNT300 which comes in at 200PS per tonne. The Hyosung GD250N comes in at third 193PS per tonne while Z250 finishes at last spot with 190PS per tonne. In terms of features as well, the KTM Duke 390 aces the list with the inclusion of anti-lock braking system as standard instrument. The rest three motorcycles do not receive ABS, even as an option.
DSK-Benelli India has priced the TNT 300 at Rs 2.83 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) placing it directly against the Kawasaki Z250. The official price for the Hyosung GT250N is still not announced but even considering the estimated price, the KTM Duke 390 proves to be the most value for money motorcycle. The Kawasaki Z250 tops the list as the most expensive machine among the four.
So which motorcycle would you like to ride in 2015? Would you buy either the KTM Duke 390 or the Kawasaki Z250 or would you hold on to your money till the arrival of Benelli TNT 300 and Hyosung GD250N? Share your thoughts and opinions with us through comments below. Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates from the motoring industry.