For those unaware, Benelli has been around in the Indian market all the way back since 2014. Back then, Benelli joined hands with DSK Motowheels to launch five new motorcycles, comprising the TNT302, TNT600i, TNT600GT, TNT899, and TNT1130R in the Indian market. TNT stood for ‘Tornado Naked Tre’, a name that’s over the years become synonymous with Benelli.
Over the years, however, Benelli didn’t achieve any ground-breaking sales numbers and has been known to be a niche manufacturer in our market so far. But, with the launch of the Imperiale 400 last year, Benelli entered a heated-up segment, which led it to establish as a bike-maker in the country.
This is also why the Imperiale 400 was the first in the Benelli line-up to undergo the BS-VI approval, for it had the most demand among all the maker’s products. However, Benelli is already underway in updating all of its previous vehicles – and introduce newer ones as well – in the upcoming months or so. So, here’s a list of all the expected Benelli motorcycles in India in 2020-21.
- Benelli Leoncino 500
Even though it went on sale in India last year, the Benelli Leoncino 500 had been around since it was showcased at the EICMA show all the way back in 2015. The styling is well-proportioned and the overall stance lends a sporty appeal to this motorcycle. Just like every other neo-retro offering, the Leoncino too has a very compact and sophisticated look. Even the Leoncino moniker means the bike is really a special piece of craft for the Italian giant, as it harks back to the original Leoncino’s legacy. The Benelli Leoncino 500, earlier, came powered by the same 500cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine that propelled in the TRK 502. On paper, this engine is capable of churning out 47bhp and 46Nm of torque. It is expected to make its return to the Indian market in the first quarter of 2021.
- Benelli Leoncino 250
By the looks of it, the Leoncino 250 is largely related to its elder sibling. However, there were some over the top bits that differentiate it from its elder sibling, like narrower front USD forks, smaller brakes, and narrower rubber being a few of them. As its name implied, it was powered by a single-cylinder 249cc engine, good for 25.1bhp and 21Nm of torque. We expect Benelli bikes to launch the Leoncino 250, with a BS-VI compliant engine, around the same time as the Leoncino 500.
- Benelli TNT 600i
You might have read above that the TNT 600i was amongst the first few motorcycles from Benelli in the Indian market. The TNT 600i used to be the flagship and the most expensive Benelli in India. It was, however, discontinued earlier this year as the 600cc four-cylinder liquid-cooled motor – which developed 85.07bhp of power and 54.6Nm of peak torque – wasn’t compliant with the BS-VI emission standards. It is also expected to make a comeback around the second half of 2021.
- Benelli 502S
While the design is exactly identical to the 402S – which is also coming to the Indian market – the 502S ups the ante with a higher-displacement 500cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled mill that pushes out 47bhp of power and 45Nm of torque, and it comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
- Benelli TRK 502 and TRK 502X
The last two bikes in this list are quite similar to one another. While both of them are middleweight adventure motorcycles, the TRK 502X trumps the standard one with its extra off-roading kit, They are both, however, powered by the same 500cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled mill, which produces 46.8bhp and 46Nm of torque. These are also expected to return to the Indian market with a BS-VI approved engine around the second quarter of next year. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes, only at autoX.