Benelli just launched its newest small-displacement sportbike with a virtual launch on the firm’s Chinese website which is headed to the Asian market. The 302R is clad with retro paint schemes harking back to the big-bore Benelli sports bikes out in the 90s to mid-2000s. Its silhouette and styling mirror the design of the Benelli TRE Tornado which has been out of production since 2014. Thus, the 302R is another retro-styled sportbike that seems to be starting a new trend, especially for Italian bikes like the MV Agusta Superveloce 800.
The new Benelli 302R is powered by a 300 cc, liquid-cooled engine capable of churning out 34.5 hp and 20 Nm of torque at 9,000 RPM. It’s claimed to be capable of reaching top speeds of up to 170 km/h. It comes equipped with some wavy discs and four-pot calipers at the front and a single disc in the rear with standard ABS.
Damping duties are provided for by a pair of upside-down forks and mono-shock set up at the rear to keep the bumps on the road mitigated. However, with the 302R tipping the scales at 204 kg, it’s quite a heavy bike for its size. Perhaps even weighing as much as the big-bore Benelli motorcycles it harks back to, but not quite at the same level of performance. In any case, it still is quite a looker in terms of style and could give other small-displacement motorcycles a run for their money such as the Yamaha YZF R3, and the Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Currently, the bike is already available in China and we haven’t received official word yet as to when we can expect it to arrive on our shores, but considering the bike is intended for the Asian markets, it shouldn’t be long before we start seeing the new Benelli 302R in Philippine showrooms.