Spec comparo : Benelli BN 302 Vs Indian market rivals
Italian bike manufacturer Benelli and DSK Motowheels are soon to venture into the fast paced Indian two-wheeler market. Benelli has planned some exciting bike models for the Indian market and this joint venture will also bring the twin-cylinder 300cc BN302 sports bike, which will be the company’s most affordable product. The Benelli BN302 motorcycle will be competing with established bikes in India, such as the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Suzuki Inazuma and the KTM RC390. Let`s check how the Benelli BN302 stacks up against the competition on paper?
The KTM RC390 is equipped with the largest capacity engine of the lot, but of course it is a single-cylinder engine. Nevertheless, it still is capable of producing the highest power figures of 42.9 bhp at 9,000rpm. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 offers the second best power figures in this segment offering a max power output of 38.5bhp at a slightly higher 11,000rpm, this is closely followed by the Benelli BN302 that is capable of producing a max power of 36.2bhp at 11,500rpm. The Suzuki Inazuma offers the least power in the segment with a max power output of 24bhp at 8,500rpm.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 as well as the Benelli BN302 both have similar large capacity fuel tanks of 17 and 16 litres respectively. The Suzuki Inazuma comes with a 13.3 litre fuel tank, while the KTM RC390 has the least capacity tank of 10 litres.
In terms of torque, the KTM RC390 leads the pack once again, with its 3.57kgm torque at only 7,000rpm. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 again comes next with a peak torque of 2.8kgm at 10,000rpm, while the Benelli BN302 offers 2.75kgm of torque at a lesser 9,000rpm. The Suzuki Inazuma is again at the bottom with a peak torque of 2.2kgm, at 6,500rpm. All these sportsbikes come with a 6-speed transmission gearbox.
The Benelli BN302 and the KTM RC390 are equipped with front forks as upside-down while first in class side-mounted monoshock does the duty at the rear for the BN302. The Kawasaki Ninja and the Suzuki Inazuma both get telescopic front suspension and rear monoshock.
The Italian bred Benelli BN302 is slightly bigger than its competitors, it is 137mm longer than the KTM RC390 which is the most compact among all the bikes compared here. The Benelli is also the widest among all at 800mm.
DSK Motowheels and Benelli are yet to announce the exact launch date of the BN302 in India, it is expected to come in just a few month`s time. The BN302 model will get the advantage of featuring the twin-cylinder motor.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is tagged at Rs. 3,86,100, the KTM RC390 at Rs. 2,05,000 and Suzuki Inazuma at Rs. 2,09,374 (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi), ensuring that DSK Motowheels will price the Benelli BN302 very competitively.
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