Italian motorcycle manufacturers Benelli's Indian arm, DSK Benelli, is reportedly gearing up for the launch of its most affordable motorcycle in the country, the TNT 25 on 18th of this month.
A report from Motoroids indicates the TNT 25 will come to India through the CKD route and will be assembled at the DSK Motowheels plant in Pune.
The Benelli TNT 25 will be powered by a 249.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine developing 24.1bhp at 9,000rpm and 21Nm of torque at 7,000rpm mated to a six-speed gearbox. The main rival of the motorcycle, the KTM 200 Duke makes 24.7bhp at 10,000rpm and 19.02Nm of torque at 8,000rpm.The numbers make it clear that both bikes are neck and neck in specifications.
The motorcycle measures 2,080mm in length, 805mm in width and 1,090mm in height with a wheelbase of 1385mm. The design of the front-end is shared with the bigger sibling, the TNT 300, which is priced at Rs 2.83 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The decals over the tank scoops, exhaust muffler and the tail lamp are different from TNT 300.
The motorcycle features analog-digital instrument cluster. It will also feature 41mm upside down front forks and the rear has a mono-suspension. The braking will be taken care of by disc brakes, 280mm at front and 240mm at rear. The ABS is expected as optional.
According to Shirish Kulkarni, chairman of DSK Motowheels, the TNT 25 will be priced 30% cheaper than the current most affordable in the range TNT 300. That means the motorcycle is expected to be priced at under Rs 2 lakh.