First showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto expo this entry level fully faired sportsbike from the Italian two wheeler manufacturer definitely caught everyone’s attention. The Benelli Tornado 302 with its stylish swooping lines, duel headlamps surely will impress many Indian customers as well soon. Like we already reported earlier Benelli has decided to introduce this new motorcycle in Indian market and recently Motor Octane was able to catch the first glimpse of the sportsbike while it was being tested on Indian road.
Although the motorcycle was covered in heavy camouflage but there is no hiding the fact that the Tornado 302 is the faired variant of the Benelli TNT 300 which is already on sale here. The motorcycle will share almost all the part with the TNT300 including the engine as well and also the Trellis frame. The additional fairing definitely goes well with the overall motorcycle’s design and does not look like a last minute addition. The fairing also houses duel headlamps setup as well which will most probably get halogen units.
The Tornado 302 which has been spied for the first time in India gets a 41 mm inverted telescopic forks towards the front and a monoshock suspension setup towards the rear. The motorcycle also gets an additional exhaust canister as well, while the TNT 300 features an underbelly exhaust setup.
Coming to the engine the faired motorcycle will share the same engine with the TNT300 and thus it is powered by the liquid-cooled in-line, twin-cylinder 300 cc unit that produces about 27bhp at 11,500 rpm and 26.5Nm torque at 10,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. However the report states that the faired variant will produce slightly more power than the naked variant.
The motorcycle relies on a double disc setup for its front and a single disc setup for its rear wheels for stopping. The motorcycle unlike the TNT300 will get an ABS setup as well.