Benelli TNT 25
Benelli TNT 25

Benelli TNT 25 Price in India:

  • Rs. 2,02,120 (Standard)
  • Rs. 2,10,210 (Premium)

Benelli TNT 25 Launch in India: December 2015

Introduction

Good days are here for motorcycle enthusiasts in India as slowly they have more options coming up in entry-level segment and that too non-Japanese. In last few months, there are two very interesting street-fighters have launched in India in 200-300 cc segment, in which one is “Mahindra Mojo” and the other one is “Benelli TNT 25” which is also the first entry-level bike from the Italian bike maker in India. The TNT 25 is priced quite attractively for a locally assembled model and on paper, it looks very strong but out on the road, things do turn out different.

Styling

The new Benelli TNT 25 looks like its bigger brother – TNT 300 as you will find a lot of similarities in their styling and design. Its red coloured frame which stand out on white colour looks quite unique on the road. It has a black strip in the centre and a slim tank with a silver finished front forks. Apart from that, the alloy wheels comes with a different design with multiple spokes and the tyres are wide, providing a good handling. The headlight is bit plain although it follows the street-fighter design while the side mounted exhaust has all black finishing. The split seats looks nice while the side panels which is near the engine also enhancing its styling. Both the indicators and the tail light comes with LED which add to the cool factor while the mirrors also gets a nice design.

Instrument Cluster and Switchgear

The new Benelli TNT 25 comes with an analogue digital console but it looks bit too packed and appears a bit outdated now. The good part is the analogue tachometer which makes it easy to keep an eye on the engine speed while the LCD screen on the right display the time, fuel level, trip meter, temperature meter, odometer, speed and gear position. The indicator warning lights are on the top while the FI warnings, high beam and lights for neutral are on the left of the tachometer.

Benelli TNT 25 (Instrument Console) SpritAmplifier
Benelli TNT 25 (Instrument Console)
Benelli TNT 25 (Engine)
Benelli TNT 25 (Engine)

Ergonomics

The rider sits in upright position on the Benelli TNT 25 and the riding posture is quite comfortable as the shoulders don’t get any stress while at the back doesn’t get additional pressure on it either. The pegs are well placed too and are a bit rear-set. The seat comes with a good padding which will also help the riders for a long rides on the TNT 25. Pillion rider also  gets a decent comfort along with that even the short rides on the TNT 25 will not create any issues. The problem arise with the mirrors as they are designed to focus more for style than the rear visibility and thus its may create some problem while the riding jacket is on, seeing behind will not be an easy task.

Performance

The new Benelli TNT 25 comes with a 249 cc, single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooling, 4-valves engine. This is the first Benelli bike in India which will run on a single-cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of  28.16 bhp at 9800 rpm and a maximum torque of 21.61 Nm at 8000 rpm. The TNT 25 reaches 0-100 km/h in 9.91 seconds which is bit late as compare to its rival Mahindra Mojo while its vibrations may spoils the riding experience. Its top speed is 140 km/hr and a fuel consumption of 28-30 km/l.

The vibrations from the motor is way too much and even you can feel them on the footpegs, handlebar and on the seats also. But there is no over-heating when you runs around in traffic while on higher gears at low speeds, it won’t be an problem for this Italian bike. Mid-range performance is quite good but while going to the top-end it disappoints as the redline comes in quick at just 10,000 RPM and there is a lot of buzz coming out from the motor.

The Benelli TNT 25’s linear power delivers the best riding experience at high speeds of around the ton although the top speed is 140 km/hr which is not bad at all. Just like in all other Benelli bikes, the impressive part is its exhaust note, as even with a single cylinder engine, it produce a quite aural delight with a bassy tune. The six speed gearbox transmission provides a smooth shifts but the clutch is quite heavy and can tired the rider in city riding. With a 17 litre of fuel tank capacity company claims to provides a mileage of 30 km/l.

Benelli TNT 25 (Seats)
Benelli TNT 25 (Seats)

Riding Dynamics

The new Benelli TNT 25 comes with a top-drawer hardware, so the frame is trellis along with that the front forks are upside-down and the rear suspension has monoshock. The tyres on the Standard variant comes with MRFs while the Premium version has grippy Metzeler rubber. TNT 25’s handling is good but its not a corner craver as it makes up for all that with its excellent ride quality and as its a heavy bike so it isn’t quick to turn-in.

Stability wise the TNT 25 is great and it remains stick to the road even at high speeds also although as a naked bike, it cannot tackle the windblast. Braking system is all handle by the petal discs at its both ends. But there is a big issue, as the front brake lever is a 4-way adjustable unit, which isn’t the issue but the lack of feel from the lever is.

Verdict

As the price of Benelli TNT 25 is concern, it surely looks attractive, but a bit expensive as compare to what features it offers to the customers. In performance section it is decent and the comfortability is also excellent. But when you come across the vibrations and the lack of front-brake feel, you will think that DSK might have rushed the product in. Having the highest price in his segment, its very clear that the company’s ambition to sell 8000 bikes in a year is achievable.

Available Colours

Benelli TNT 25 is available in Rosso (Red) and Bianco (White) colours.

What’s Cool
Comfortable riding posture and good ride quality
Exhaust note is sweet, even with a single-cylinder engine
Grippy Metzeler tyres on the Premium variant

What’s Not
On paper performance doesn’t fell on the road
Lots of vibrations from the engine, can be felt almost everywhere
Poor front-brake feel, riders has to grab the lever hard

Benelli TNT 25 (Side View)
Benelli TNT 25 (Side View)
Benelli TNT 25 (Rear View)
Benelli TNT 25 (Rear View)

Competitors of Benelli TNT 25

Mahindra Mojo

Mahindra Mojo 300 SpritAmplifier

Price: Rs. 1,89,778 (ex-showroom)
Engine: 295 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve, DOHC
Maximum Power: 26.82 bhp @ 8000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 30 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed

KTM Duke 200

KTM DUKE 200 (Side View)

Price: Rs. 1,36,147 (ex-showroom)
Engine: Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Maximum Power: 25 bhp @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 19.2 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed, claw shifted

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

Price: 1,89,208 (CBR 250R ABS), 1,60,201 (CBR 250R STD)
Engine: 249.6 c, Air cooled, 4 stroke, SI engine, 4 Valve, DOHC
Maximum Power: 26.15 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 22.9 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed, Constant mesh
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13 litres

Specifications of Benelli TNT 25

Benelli TNT 25 
Engine
Engine Type249 cc, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, Liquid-cooled, DOHC
Maximum Power28.16 bhp @ 9800 rpm
Maximum Torque21.61 Nm @ 8000 rpm
CoolingLiquid Cooled
Fuel SystemElectronic Fuel Injection
LubricationWet Sump
Compression Ratio11.2 : 1
Bore61.2 mm
Stroke72 mm
Number of Cylinders1
Power-to-weight Ratio177.10 BHP per tonne
Torque-to-Weight Ratio135.91 NM per tonne
Specific Output113.09 BHP per litre
Dimensions
Length2080 mm
Width810 mm
Height1125 mm
Seat Height780 mm
Ground Clearance160 mm
Wheelbase1400 mm
Kerb/Wet Weight159 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity17 litres
Transmission
Gearbox6-speed
ClutchMulti-disc in oil bath
Final DriveChain
Suspension
FrontInverted Telescopic Forks
RearMono Shock Absorber
Brakes
Front385 mm Petal Disc
Rear318mm Petal Disc
Wheels and Tyres
Front TyrePremium Model - 110/70 R17, 54 H (Metzeler), Standard Model - 110/70 R17, 54 S (MRF)
Rear TyrePremium Model - 150/60 R17, 66 H (Metzeler), Standard Model - 150/60 R17, 66 S (MRF)
Front Wheel17" x MT 3.5" DOT
Rear Wheel17" x MT 4.0" DOT
Wheel TypeAluminum Alloy

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