DSK Benelli will strengthen its presence by adding a new sub-500 cc motorcycle in its portfolio in India. The two-wheeler manufacturer will launch the Benelli Tornado 302R in the country by mid-June this year. Dealerships have already started to accept bookings for the motorcycle at a minimum amount of Rs 5,000 .
The upcoming DSK Benelli Tornado 302R will be powered by a 300 cc twin-cylinder engine that will produce about 37 hp of power and 27 Nm of torque which is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Suspension setup is courtesy upside down front forks and an adjustable monoshock at the rear.
The Tornado 302R will also receive a steel trellis frame chassis that will make the motorcycle weigh less than the Benelli TNT 300. It is expected to have a kerb weight of around 196 kg and the new chassis will also improve the handling of the Tornado 320R. Along with a disc brake setup at both ends, the Benelli Tornado 302R will also be offered with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard.While the rear will have a similar design to its naked sibling, the TNT 300, the fully faired fairing will get a split headlamp setup.
The Tornado 302R will be available with a choice of four body colour options - Red with White, Red with Black, Green and Silver. The company is expected to locally assemble the Tornado 302R in the country and it is speculated to be priced around Rs 3.5 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The DSK Benelli Tornado 302R will compete with the Yamaha YZF-R3, KTM RC390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 in its segment.