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The predecessor to the Benelli TNT 600i with ABS, the TNT 600, was launched in 2015. Since then it has been branded as an inline-four-cylinder affordable motorcycle that many Indians have been waiting for. Benelli, an Italian brand, has a long heritage attached to it. While the company is now Chinese owned, Benelli’s products are still unmistakably Italian. It joined hands with DSK to launch its range of bikes in the fast burgeoning sports-commuting motorcycle segment in India. DSK had earlier....Read complete review
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The predecessor to the Benelli TNT 600i with ABS, the TNT 600, was launched in 2015. Since then it has been branded as an inline-four-cylinder affordable motorcycle that many Indians have been waiting for. Benelli, an Italian brand, has a long heritage attached to it. While the company is now Chinese owned, Benelli’s products are still unmistakably Italian. It joined hands with DSK to launch its range of bikes in the fast burgeoning sports-commuting motorcycle segment in India. DSK had earlier brought the Hyosung range of bikes to India, and has now partnered with Benelli. The TNT 600i is also branded as BN 600 in some markets.
The Benelli TNT 600i is priced at ?6.62 lakhs (ex-showroom) and is among the most promising bikes in India. The company is betting big on the two-wheeler in the premium sports-commuting bike segment. The company claims the 600i to be most advanced Benelli TNT 600 series bikes ever produced. While the vehicle may not get a ‘beautiful’ tag in the conventional sense, it nevertheless has a commanding presence on the road. The TNT 600i is available in two colours: Nero and Rosso. DSK-Benelli is offering a five-year, unlimited km warranty as standard. The TNT 600i will lock horns with the Kawasaki Z650 in its class.
There’s nothing new to the TNT 600i than its elder sibling than the ABS, except the ABS sticker on the fender. While the bikini fairing may appear a bit letdown and non-Italian, everything else is striking. The big extensions along the large sculpted petrol tank lend the bike a distinctive visual appeal. The imposing four-cylinder engine and the protruding shiny exhaust headers are immediate attention grabbers. The alloy cast stocky swingarm and the side-mounted rear shock absorber adds a neat visual touch, while the triangular underseat exhaust vents at the back are really impressive. The bike, however, is not without some letdowns. The instrument and switchgear appear to be borrowed from a smaller motorcycle. Some design elements look chintzy. But the overall build quality of the TNT 600i is at par with the Japanese competitors.
There’s no change to the inline-four-cylinder 600cc engine that powers the 600i. It’s the same as the Benelli TNT 600. The liquid-cooled engine comes with four valves per cylinder and dual camshafts. It produces 83.9bhp at 11500rpm while the peak torque output is 54,6Nm at 10500rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox with closely stacked and fairly short ratios. At a lower rev, the Benelli TNT 600i dawdles smoothly but needs large throttle bursts to breach the 7000rpm mark. The bike returns a mileage of 18-20kmpl, as claimed by the manufacturer.
Twin ventilated disc brakes handle the braking duties of the TNT 600i at the front, while the rear wheel has standard ventilated discs. The impact of braking is instant sans any delay. The ABS is the only added feature in the 600i. With a kerb weight of 231kg, the TNT600i is a fairly heavy vehicle and feels the same, particularly while negotiating sharp corners. That doesn’t mean that the handling is not predictable. But the naked-stripped 600i is certainly easy to ride in milder traffic. Flowing corners are better manoeuvred by the bike rather than sharp, tight changing directions. But the bottomline is, unless the 600i is treated like an out-and-out sports bike, the handling is pretty smooth in reasonably generous traffic.
The Benelli TNT 600i is mounted on oversized 50mm inverted forks in the front and adjustable, horizontally mounted hydraulic shock absorbers at the back. However that doesn’t lend any extra stability while riding. But that’s largely compensated with the Pirelli Angel ST tyres. These tyres are meant more for touring duties but do a pretty good job in providing traction, especially under wet road conditions. The instrument console of the TNT 600i comprises of a digital speedometer and an analogue tachometer. Other standard components include the eco-mode indicator, gear shift indicator, and digital odometer. The Benelli TNT 600i is a value-for-money two-wheeler that can be taken out for daily grinds. It offers an appreciable, unintimidating performance. And of course, there’s the Benelli ‘roar’ which has been the USP for the bike. That’s an adrenaline push in itself.
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