Benelli Tornado 302
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Italian motorcycle brand Benelli's Indian arm DSK Benelli had confirmed the launch of Tornado 302 during the festive season. However, the emerging reports indicate that the launch of the fully faired sibling of TNT 300 has been postponed.

The Tornado 302, which is likely to be called the 302R in India, will enter the market in December, Zigwheels reported. DSK Benelli has begun testing the Tornado 302 on the Indian roads and test mules were spotted in September under camouflage.

Benelli Tornado 302 made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. The fully-faired model will take on the likes of Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha YZF-R3 when launched in India.

Built on a trestle frame, the Tornado 302 is powered by an in-line two-cylinder four-stroke four-valve DOHC engine that develops 36bhp at 12,000rpm and 27Nm at 9,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission and the bike reportedly has a top speed of over 170kmph.

The motorcycle measures 2,175mm in length, 746mm in width, 1,146mm in height, and weighs 180 kg. It features 41mm upside down forks in the front and mono suspension in the rear. Tornado 302 also comes with a fuel tank capacity of 14-litre. It uses twin 260mm floating discs with a four-piston caliper brake at the front and a single 240mm disc with a single piston caliper brake for the rear.

The Tornado 302 will be assembled at the company's all-new Talegaon plant. The motorcycle will be the second most affordable motorcycle of the DSK Benelli.

DSK Benelli started operations in March 2015. The bikemaker has been doing healthy sales and its has already found over 3,000 takers for its motorcycle range that include the TNT 25, TNT 300, TNT 600i, TNT 600 GT, TNT 899 and TNT R 1130.