DSK Benelli Tornado 302 is the next big entry into the quarter litre segment for the company and the pricing is just right for the bike
DSK Benelli as a group in a venture seem to be doing well when it comes to selling sports bike in the country. Almost every model below the 899 seems to be doing well in the market as they seem to fill the road every weekend. The motorcycle sound great, have color options to choose from, the dealership reach, surprisingly is quite huge for a new brand already thanks to DSK having big hopes for this venture.
They have had their entry in the quarter litre segment in two forms. TNT 300 and TNT 25. The 300cc twin and 250cc single cylinder are trying to catch up as we speak. Benelli is getting a third shot as this segment with the introduction of the Benelli Tornado 302. On paper it has gained and lost whatever was necessary to be a better performer. We have numbers and details to tell you what it can be like.
DSK Benelli Tornado 302 Design and Dimensions
Design wise, the Italian company wants us back in time and offer us something classic sports bike with fairing package. However, the front-end is very aggressive and completely clear with it being a single piece unit. Hence, it looks futuristic as well. We expect a better instrument cluster to make things more futuristic feel of the cockpit to the rider. Rear has a LED tail-lamp which is designed well in a vertical way. What also takes us back in time is the extremely well finished exhaust with dual ports adding to the sports bike feel. Given the fact every Benelli sounds good. This should sound good as well.
Length: 2150 mm
Width: 745 mm
Height: 1115 mm
Wheelbase 1410 mm
Ground clearance: 150 mm
Kerb weight: 198 kgs
Fuel capacity: 14 litres
DSK Benelli Tornado 302 India Launch and Price
Launched in July 2017. The bike is priced at Rs. 3.48 lakhs pan India.
DSK Benelli Tornado 302 Chassis, suspension and brakes
On paper, the DSK Benelli Tornado 302 has lost weight over its naked sibling by 20 kgs despite the fairing being slapped on. The motorcycle continues to have superior hardware and is said to have been tuned for better ride and handling. Riding position will be sportier thanks lowered clip-on bars, revised foot peg position and more race oriented ergonomics to hit the track while maintaining the comfortable riding position for road duties. Dual petal disc seen on the TNT 300 also make it to this bike.
Chassis – Trellis Frame
Front – 41 mm Upside Down Forks
Rear – Adjustable Monoshock
Front – 110/70-17 (MRF and Metzeler)
Rear – 150/60- 17 (MRF and Metzeler)
Front – Dual 260 mm Petal Disc Brakes
Rear – 240 mm Disc Petal Brakes
DSK Benelli Tornado 302 Engine, Specification and Fuel Economy
The engine is said to be heavily revised and made ready for the track, road and interesting twisty roads. However, it make its power and torque very high in the power band we will see how it does on the road. Expect fuel economy on the 30 km/l side. Tornado 302 will get more power and torque through a track kit which has flashed ECU and race exhaust which can take the power upto 39 PS and more. Torque rating stands at 26.5 Nm of torque
Twin Cylinder, Liquid Cooled, DOHC
Maximum Power – 38.6 PS @ 12000 RPM
Maximum Torque – 26.5 NM @ 9000 RPM
Transmission – 6-Speed Gearbox
DSK Benelli Tornado 302 Safety and Features
ABS is offered with this vehicle as standard. Feature set will includes information loaded instrument cluster and superior chassis hardware
DSK Benelli Tornado 302 Top Rivals
Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha YZF-R3 KTM RC 390