The Tornado 302R was supposed to be launched in India prior this year, but due to delays in getting the clearances from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the launch has been pushed to May 2017. DSK Benelli has now gained all the permissions from ARAI and the 300cc segment will get another offering.
Looks wise, the Tornado 302R looks distinctive to its uncovered sibling the TNT 300, only up-front. There are the split headlamps and of course, the full fairing that separates it from the TNT 300. The rear is however similar to the TNT 300. The suspension setup is the same as on the TNT 300, an upside down fork at the front and a monoshock suspension at the rear. The Tornado 302R gets a new and lighter chassis and a steel trellis frame compared to the TNT 300. The engine is the same 300cc, twin-cylinder unit that puts out 37 HP of power and 27 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed transmission.
The Tornado 302R is estimated to be priced about Rs.3.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Prices remain aggressive as Benelli is locally assembling the bike here in India. The 300cc segment will witness a slew of launches this year as the TVS Akula 310 is also expected to make it to India this year. The Benelli Tornado 302R will compete against the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha YZF R3.