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DSK-Benelli launches TNT 25

“Italian flamboyance”, “performance”, and “affordability” are the terms DSK-Benelli has used to describe its latest Tornado, the TNT 25. So, does the 25 bring all of those things to the table, or is it all just fancy marketing speak? Let’s break it up.

Firstly, the Italian flamboyance bit: okay, the TNT 25, with its crisp lines and edgy design, does look impressive in the flesh. It’s a well proportioned motorcycle and if a street naked is what you are in the market for, the 25 won’t let you down as far as looks go. It’s a brand new motorcycle, the smallest in Benelli’s current line-up and DSK claims the designers took inspiration from the bigger Tornados while penning it down. We aren’t complaining. For once, here’s a new naked in town that isn’t trying to ape the KTM Duke when it comes to styling. Much appreciated.

Next up is the claim of ‘performance’: With a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 249cc motor taking centre stage, the TNT 25 boasts of class-leading power figures of 28.16bhp and 21.61Nm of torque, teamed with a six-speed gearbox. That’s 2.66bhp and 2.61Nm more than the 200 Duke. And when combined with its kerb weight of 159kg, it gives you an impressive power-to-weight figure. Okay, it’s 29kg heavier than the KTM, but it isn’t really far off when it comes to real-world performance.

Lastly, the ‘affordability’ part of it: when you are competing with KTM, pricing is one element that you can’t really afford to go wrong with. And starting at Rs 1.68 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, the TNT 25 is the closest thing to the 200 Duke, which is priced at Rs 1.4 lakh, ex-Delhi. Yes, it’s Rs 30,000 more, but with the TNT 25, Benelli claims it is offering a product that is high on practicality, comfort and performance – a complete package – unlike its Austrian rival that focuses solely on performance. Now that’s a valid point.

So, the TNT 25 looks good, comes at a competitive price, and the performance is impressive.

Wait, there’s more. At launch, the TNT 25 doesn’t come with ABS. But we’re assured the feature will be a part of the 25, nine months from now. Also, the 25 is being offered in two variants: Standard with MRF tyres, costing Rs 1.68 lakh, and the Premium variant with sticky Metzeler rubber that retails at Rs 1.75 lakh. Bookings are already underway, with deliveries starting from December 22, so you can sign on that dotted line at any of the 15 DSK-Benelli showrooms across major cities in India. If there isn’t a Benelli showroom near you, hope your neighbourhood finds one when DSK expands its reach to five new cities in the next two months.

That’s not it. DSK is also offering its TNT 25 customers options to customise their rides with exclusive decals, accessories and Benelli branded helmets that will be available in all of its showrooms.

Single-cyl, liquid-cooled, 249cc, 27.67bhp, 21.61Nm, 159kg, 17 litres, 29.5kpl.

Performance, style and comfort – the Benelli TNT 25 seems to have it all. Wish the brakes would play along as well.