The Benelli TNT 300 sits in a tantalising spot in the motorcycle market: This is where the Indian motorcycle enthusiast gets the first multi-cylinder option. However, this is also the arena from which the Suzuki Inazuma has retired, and in which the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Z250 battle valiantly without success.
The TNT is available in more colours than one, and its green-and-silver combination is easy to mistake for Kawasaki’s. In fact, the TNT 300 does have too many Kawasaki Ninja 650/ER-6n cues: The tank’s shape, the side-mounted monoshock and other elements. However, it is a striking motorcycle with good overall finish and there are only some detail niggles, for example, welds on the trellis frame.
The TNT 300 is powered by a parallel twin displacing 300 cc engine. This liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine makes 38.3 PS at 11,500 rpm; peak torque is 26.5 Nm at 10,000 rpm. These are similar numbers to the Kawasaki Ninja 300, although the Benelli weighs 196 kg, 24 kg more than the Ninja 300. The Benelli is not that fast though: 60 kmph takes 3.87 seconds, and 100 kmph 8.52 seconds. These are not slow, but the KTM 390 Duke reaches 60 kmph 1.2 seconds quicker.
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(This story appears in the 10 July, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)