Chinese-owned Italian motorcycle brand Benelli has launched the 2020 302S naked roadster in the USA for a retail price of USD 4,299 (INR 3.05 lakh). The new model, which was earlier seen at the 2018 Thai Auto Expo in December, is expected to arrive in India with a BS-VI compliant motor in 2020.
The 302S carries a massive visual upgrade over its predecessor, the TNT300. It packs full-LED lighting that includes a projector headlight. More changes are visible in the cockpit that now includes a digital display instead of a semi-digital layout on the TNT300. The compact screen on the 302S is surrounded by telltale indicators. The radiator shrouds are shorter on the new model.
Rest of the styling cues aren’t too different from the TNT300, and the 302S carries a near-identical design for the fuel tank, saddle, rear panel and the engine cowl. The 302S shares its underpinnings with the TNT300. The motorcycle is built around a trellis frame. The 302S is available in four colour options – White, Black, Red and Green – in the US market.
Engine specifications have also received an upgrade and the 302S's engine offers more power and torque than the TNT300's engine. A larger bore and stroke has increased the displacement from 282 cc on the TNT300 to 300 cc on the 302S. The motor retains the parallel twin-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-valve, DOHC layout although it now makes 37.5 hp of peak power at 11,000 rpm and 18.9 ft·lb (25.62 Nm) of max torque at 9,000 rpm. In comparison, the TNT300 pumped out 32.2 hp at 10,500 rpm and 18.4 ft·lb (24.94 Nm) at 6,500 rpm. The mill is linked to a six-speed gearbox.
The braking setup comprises 260 mm dual-discs with four-piston callipers at the front and a 240 mm single disc with a two-piston calliper at the back. Shock absorption tasks are handled by 41 mm inverted front forks and an asymmetrically mounted, pre-load and rebound adjustable monoshock at the back. The motorcycle rides on Pirelli sourced Angel ST tyres with 120/70-ZR17 front and 160/60-ZR17 rear configurations.
Check out the complete technical specifications of both motorcycles (302S and TNT300) below:
|SPECIFICATIONS||Benelli 302S||Benelli TNT300|
|Engine Type||Parallel 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, 4-valve, DOHC||Inline 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, 4-valve, DOHC|
|Displacement||300 cc||282 cc|
|Bore And Stroke||65 mm x 45.2 mm||61 mm x 42.7 mm|
|Rated Power||37.5 hp @ 11,000 rpm||32.2 hp @ 10,500 rpm|
|Rated Torque||18.9 ft·lb (25.62 Nm) @ 9,000 rpm||18.4 ft·lb (24.94 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm|
|Fuel Supply||EFI w/ 38 mm Throttle Body||EFI|
|Front Suspension||41 mm, Inverted||41 mm Rebound Adjustable Forks, Inverted|
|Front Travel||135 mm||135 mm|
|Rear Suspension||Spring Pre-load and Rebound Adjustable Shock||Spring Pre-load and Rebound Adjustable Shock|
|Rear Stroke||46 mm||42 mm|
|Front Brake||Dual Disc, Ø 260 mm, w/ 4 Piston Calliper||Dual Disc, Ø 260 mm, w/ 4 Piston Calliper|
|Rear Brake||Disc, Ø 240 mm, w/ 2 Piston Calliper||Disc, Ø 240 mm, w/ 2 Piston Calliper|
|Front Tire||Pirelli Angel ST - 120/70-ZR17||110/70-17|
|Rear Tire||Pirelli Angel ST - 160/60-ZR17||140/70-17|
|Overall Length||83.86 inches||83.7 inches|
|Overall Width||31.5 inches||31.5 inches|
|Overall Height||44.1 inches||44.5 inches|
|Seat Height||31.3 inches||31.3 inches|
|Wheelbase||55.51 inches||55.31 inches|
|Ground Clearance||6.9 inches||5.5 inches|
|Fuel Tank||4.2 gallons||4.2 gallons|
|Weight||408 pounds||404 pounds|
|Price (MSRP)||USD 4,299 (INR 3.05 lakh)||USD 3,999 (INR 2.84 lakh)|
Note: Converted prices for representation only