The TNT 302 will accompany its elder sibling the Benelli TNT 300 at the showrooms. The latter was launched in March 2015 in India. The Benelli TNT 300 is one of the bestseller sportsbikes of the Benelli. The duo shares both the mechanics and other common equipment. Both are powered by the 300 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, two-cylinder, engine that develops 38.5 hp of peak power.

Currently, under homologation, the Tornado 302 awaits all-clear certifications, due in a month, as only a few of the components await clearance. So, it will surely take the festive season for the DSK Motowheels to start retailing of the superbike. The DSK also says that it sees fit to bring the Benelli Tornado 302 into the market, as the Benelli TNT 300 has been doing quite well.

The Benelli Tornado 302 will be assembled at the DSK’s Talegaon facility, where a capacity of 480 units was reached in its single assembly line in March 2016. DSK Motowheels also aims to sell 4,000 units within 2017 from its current tally of 2,200 units for DSK Benelli and 1,500 units for DSK Hyosung, in the previous fiscal.

The Benelli Tornado 302, upon launch, will compete with the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Yamaha YZF-R3. In the meantime, the much awaited launch of the Benelli TRK 502, the adventure-tourer powered by the 500 cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, engine is deferred slightly to December 2016 or early 2017.

All the DSK Benelli and DSK Hyosung motorcycles will soon get ABS as standard, as it is set to become mandatory. All DSK models will also become BS-IV compliant before the end of this year.