Images of Benda's much-anticipated VTR-300 Turbo have surfaced online over a year after the company announced the new model. Despite the fact that the release of this small-displacement sportbike is still a few months away, we already have a sturdy idea of what to expect. Benda is known for pushing the envelope of design, having manufactured motorcycles with striking designs that meet European safety and emissions standards, unlike other Chinese manufacturers.
The VTR-300 Turbo is unquestionably a novel design, both in terms of aesthetics and, more importantly, what lurks beneath the fairings. Despite the fact that the turbo isn't apparent in the photos, it's more than likely tucked beneath the fairing. The VTR-300 is expected to have the same 298cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine as the previous Benda models, which is rated at roughly 30 horsepower.
Now, in the early 1990s, the era of turbocharged motorcycles had passed us by. Motorcycles, obviously, may compensate for their modest torque outputs by revving higher. It remains to be seen whether Benda has any tricks up its sleeve in terms of turbo technology. Nonetheless, the employment of a turbocharger in such a small engine, and especially in a bike that appears to be aimed at beginners, is very exciting. We're guessing this bike will be pumping out around 45 to 50 horsepower.
Benda's work on the VTR-300 Turbo is admirable and impressive, especially considering that there are currently no other production motorcycles of this capacity that utilize forced-induction. Benda, like Benelli and CFMoto before it, may be well on its way to improving the public's negative opinion of Chinese motorcycles. Benda's factory has produced some really outstanding models. Bikes like the LFC 700 and the outlandishly styled Tang Knife naked bike are genuinely one-of-a-kind creations. However, only time will tell if this Chinese manufacturer can keep its promises.