Benelli had a very interesting portfolio lined-up for this year’s EICMA show in Milan. While the Ducati Diavel look-alike-‘402S’ was their star attraction, bikes such as the new 302S and 752S garnered just as much attention. Both the latter are expected to reach dealerships in 2018.
Though the Benelli 302S and 752S share similar nomenclature, they are not exactly similar in design. The former will replace the ageing BN302 (TNT300) globally, while the latter will co-exist with similar spec models like the 600i and 600GT.
|Benelli 302S price||£4,899.00*|
|Benelli 752S price||TBD|
|India launch||Mid-late 2018|
Benelli 302S – TNT300 Replacement
The Benelli 302S is an upgrade to the TNT300 and is thus designed that way. The bike looks more aggressive and is now fitting of a segment which contains bikes like the Z300, Yamaha MT-03 and even the single cylinder Duke 390. It is based on a Trellis frame.
The bike’s front fascia is sharp and seems to take a leaf out of the Duke 390. However, this is probably Benelli trying to extend the spit headlamp set-up of the Tornado 300 (302R) to other sub-500cc models. The headlamp looks great and gets LED DRLs on its sides.
Sides have been kept minimal with chiselled fuel tank, contrasting coloured frame and half-fairing being its major highlights. The pillion area is sharp and gets solid grabrails and good-looking LED taillights.
Another interesting feature of the new Benelli 302S is its large all-digital instrument console. It displays a whole lot of new information and looks better than the analogue-digital unit of the TNT300.
The bike comes powered by a 300cc in-line two cylinder mill producing 38.26 BHP @ 11,500 rpm and 26.5 NM @10,000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Dual disc brakes at front, single disc at rear, USD front forks and dual-channel ABS, all come as standard on the bike.
|Front Brake||260mm Double Floating Discs with 4 Pistons Calliper|
|Rear Brake||240mm Single Disc with Floating Calliper Single Piston|
|Front Suspension||41mm Upside Down Forks|
|Rear Suspension||Hydraulic Mono Shock Absorber|
|Front Wheel Travel||120 mm|
|Rear Wheel Travel||45 mm|
Benelli 752S- Sport loving tourer
Benelli already has power packed machines like the TNT600i and 600GT in the middleweight segment. What they lack is a good tourer and a sportsbike, and this has been addressed in part at the EICMA with the all new Benelli 752S. Unlike other bikes in their portfolio, outright performance is not what the 752s primarily offers, instead, it an all-rounder that provides good performance, comfort and ergonomics.
Specification are impressive and the bike comes with 50mm inverted forks up front, Brembo disc brakes (two at front and one at rear) and cast aluminium alloy wheels. Power comes from a 754cc parallel twin mill delivering 81.5 hp at 9,000 rpm with 49.5 pound-feet (67Nm) of torque at 6,500 rpm. It is thus slightly lower on power but significantly torquier than the 600i.
The Benelli 752S will not replace any motorcycles in the manufacturer’s current portfolio. It might, however, outlive some.
Benelli 302S, 752S price and release date
The motorcycles will officially release next year but the 752S might be delayed for some Asian markets. Prices are expected to be slightly lower than others in the segment.
Both the Benelli 302S and 752S should be present at next year’s Auto Expo in Delhi. However, they might only launch by mid-2018.