DSK Benelli TNT 25 launched in India at Rs. 1.68 lakh; it’s the cheapest Benelli bike to be offered
The DSK Benelli TNT 25 has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 1.68 lakh for the standard variant and Rs. 1.75 lakh for the Premium variant (prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The similarities between both variants are everything but the standard motorcycle will be shod on with MRF tyres whilst the Premium TNT 25 will get Metzeller tyres.
The Pesaro-based Italian motorcycle maker has set a target of selling 8,000 units of the Benelli TNT 25 in a year. It will be brought into the country as CKD kits (Completely Knocked Down) and assembled at DSK Motowheels’ plant in Maharashtra. Sold across 14 dealerships in India, the company is endeavouring to establish a new manufacturing unit in Pune.
The Benelli TNT 25 will rival against the likes of Honda CBR 250R, KTM Duke 390 and Mahindra Mojo in the highly competitive entry-level performance bike segment. Already 200 bookings have been registered through dealerships, the TNT 25 is the cheapest Benelli motorcycle available in the Indian market and the company is banking heavily on its sales to springboard the brand to the next level.
The DSK Benelli TNT 25 motorcycle is as well the first single-cylinder bike to be sold in the country. It is powered by a four stroke, mono-pod, liquid-cooled 250cc engine that is tuned to churn out 28bhp of maximum power and 22Nm of peak torque.
The Benelli TNT 25 draws design inspirations from its elder brother, the TNT 300, to adhere with the naked street bike stance. It comes boasting with multi-spoke alloy wheels, stubby side-slung exhaust, stylish sculpted fuel tank, sportier split rear seat, part analogue and digital instrument panel with monoshock rear suspension and upside down front fork.
It has upright riding position much to the delight of touring community and a larger 16.5-litre fuel tank capacity for long range distance coverage. Currently ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is not being offered, but the Italian bike manufacturer is vowed to introduce a variant equipped with such technology during the second half of 2016.
The TNT 600i and TNT 300 are the top-selling superbikes in their respective segments whilst DSK Motowheels also retails TNT 600GT, TNT 899 and TNT 1130R in the country with a plan to expand dealerships to 25 before the end of 2016.
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