Benelli has discontinued two of its heavyweights, the TNT 899 and the TNT R, from the Indian line up. The two motorcycles did not comply with the mandatory BS-IV norms, which caused the company to take such an action.
The company has said that the BS-IV compliant versions of the Benelli TNT 899 and the TNT R will be available by the first half of 2018. However, these motorcycles are presently not available in any of the international markets. Though the designing of the two motorcycles are timeless, the technology used in them is a little outdated and lacks certain features that would bring it to rivalry with the latest motorcycles.
The Benelli TNT 899 is powered by an 898cc, in-line single cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of 118 bhp along with a peak torque of 88 Nm. The other TNT R is powered by a 1,131 cc engine which can produce a maximum power of a whopping 155 .5 bhp along with a peak torque of 120 Nm. The former had a price tag of Rs. 9.53 lakhs while the latter had a price tag of Rs. 11.86 lakhs.
Going further, we can expect the two three-cylinder motorcycles to be replaced by the 750-cc parallel twin and the 900-cc triple. The 750-cc parallel twin motorcycle is expected to bear the 750GS nameplate and will underpin the steel trellis chassis. It may get a slightly de-tuned power plant from the discontinued TNT 899, which would be capable of making a maximum power of 90 bhp along with a peak torque of around 65 Nm.
Once the two new motorcycles are launched, it will be competing against the likes of the Ducati Monster 797 and the Kawasaki Z650.