Benelli is looking to have a very busy year, 2021 after a stagnant 2020. When Benelli came to India, its products were an instant hit as it looked to provide great performance at a competitive price when compared to the other rivals in the segment. In fact, it produced the most-affordable inline 4-cylinder motorcycle for India, the TNT600i. There are rumours suggesting that the Italian Chinese motorcycle manufacturer is set to launch around 7 products for the year 2021. Currently, the only product from Benelli which complies with the stringent BS-6 emission norms is the Imperiale 400.
The products which are rumoured to be launched are; Benelli TRK 502, TRK 502X, Leoncino 500, Leoncino 250, TNT 600i, 302S, and 302R but the exact official launch dates are yet to be revealed. A smaller displacement of the TNT600i is also expected to be launched soon.
The Benelli TRK 502 and TRK 502X are powered by the 499.6cc parallel-twin engine producing 47 HP and 46 Nm of torque and the power is distributed via a 6-speed transmission. The four-stroke fuel-injected DOHC has all the power to propel the TRK 502 and 502X through the most diverse road conditions. The chassis of the TRK502 is built with steel-tube trellis and both the motorcycles are equipped with USD forks on the front and a mono-shock suspension with pre-load, compression and rebound adjustability on the rear which improves the ride quality to a great extent even on the most uneven surfaces of the road. The TRK 502 comes with 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with 120/70 and 160/60 rubbers slapped on them, whereas the TRK502X comes with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke-wire rims to enhance its off-road capabilities. Also, the TRK502 has a ground clearance of 190mm as against 218 mm in the TRK502X.
The Leoncino Twins, the 250 and 500 are part of the scrambler category of motorcycles from Benelli. As the name suggests, the Leoncino 250 will be powered by a 4-cylinder dual overhead camshaft 250 cc engine which cranks out 26.6 BHP of power and 20.5 Nm of torque, meanwhile, the Leoncino 500 will share the powertrain with the TRK 502 and hence we can expect both the bikes to have similar outputs but will be tuned differently.