Benelli Motorcycles has been one of the oldest motorcycle marques from Italy, established in 1911, and was among the oldest factories in Italy. Similar to Royal Enfield, it started as a company that produced shotguns. Later on, they shifted to producing spare parts, and eventually, motorcycles. Today, however, the brand now operates under its parent company, the Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Group who was able to save it from shutting down. They are known in China more for its QJ badge of motorcycles.
Benelli Motorcycles has just pulled the covers off of their latest middleweight naked bike, the TNT 600. Based on the QJ SRK 600, which is exclusively sold in the Chinese market, the TNT 600 is powered by a 600 cc in-line 4-cylinder motor, capable of putting out 80 hp at 11,000 RPM and 55 Nm of torque at 8,000 RPM. While the SRK 600 would be a machine that Benelli would be badging as their motorcycle, the bike would come in three tiers of spec range namely, Standard, Medium, and High with its price and trim increasing with each variant.
The Standard base bike gets a basic suspension system and brakes. The Medium spec machine gets an upgraded KYB suspension and a braking system made by Xihu braking. The High top-spec motorcycle gets a pair of Marzocchi forks, a KYB rear shock, and Brembo brakes for its damping and stopping duties.
While the motorcycle’s pricing has not been officially released yet, as it comes in three tiers of spec range, it would also have differences in price points. It’s indicative prices, however, based on the prices of the QJ SRK 600 in China starts at £4,861 or P309,000 for the Standard bike while the Medium bike is priced at £5,191 or P330,000. The top-spec High bike is priced at £5,525 or P350,000. We have yet to hear from Benelli’s official distributor for the Philippines as to when they would officially launch the TNT 600 in the country, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for any other updates.