A 600cc inline 4 is often considered an ideal combination of high performance and usable power. A mix which is fun in city traffic, blast on highways and immensely satisfying on the fastest race tracks. No doubt that the middle-weight motorcycles are some of the highest selling performance motorcycles in the world.
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In the last five years or so, India has also been witnessing a rise in performance motorcycles in different segments from international manufacturers. Unfortunately, while we have some of the most expensive and the fastest motorcycles, we are still a bit devoid of options when it comes to the middle-weight category. The proof of which is in the fact that we have only one 600cc inline 4 from Japan so far and that is the Honda CBR650F. There are more such motorcycles that will do well in our market. Triumph Daytona 675’s success proves that there’s good potential for Supersport motorcycles in India. We believe it is only a matter of time that other companies realize this and so, we would love to see the likes of Yamaha YZF-R6, Honda CBR600RR and Kawasaki ZX-6R on our shores.
Interestingly, lack of these motorcycles demands our focus on the presence of Benelli, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer that has been through the toughest of times and has managed to make a comeback under the ownership of the Chinese group Qianjiang.
Benelli has an interesting lineup of motorcycles and has been quite aggressively making efforts to expand their business across the country through various DSK dealerships. And while we feel frustrated that most Japanese manufacturers are yet to make a move, it is good to see Benelli stepping up with a couple of sportbikes with precisely the right hardware and price.
One of these is a streetfighter, TNT 600i, with a 600cc inline 4 DOHC liquid cooled engine and a 4-into-2 under seat exhaust setup. The design is spot on to get our attention but what about the power? Well, it is far from disappointing at 85.1PS at 11,500 RPM and 54.6NM at 10,500 RPM. One of the only negative points in the motorcycle is the high wet weight of 231 kg and the lack of ABS.
We Sincerely thank DSK Benelli and Mr. Shirish kulkarni for letting us ride TNT 600i – The Special Edition
Minus these, the 600i is an impressive motorcycle with good performance and sound. Like a typical naked with slightly sporty ergonomics, it offers an involving riding experience around bends. The steel trellis frame, upside-down forks and mono-shock at the rear ensure that the overall riding dynamics are on the sportier side. Benelli introduced a limited edition of 600i with metallic golden colour and it looks quite premium as well.
The TNT 600i is proving to be the best-selling sportbike from Benelli in India and we are not surprised. It is precisely for reasons we started this feature with. We hope that it continues to sell well as it is a pretty good motorcycle at a very competitive price. Its success is important for the betterment of this segment and, of course, for us.
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