A month after the images of the 2021 Benelli 302R leaked online, the Chinese brand has finally unveiled its entry level supersport. The bike has been thoroughly updated and is slated to launch in India by the end of this year. Read all about the new bike in this story.
The highlight of this model is the new design. Replacing the halogen units from the older model is the vertically-stacked projector headlamp, flanked by LED DRLs on either side and new LED tail light. The bodywork gets air vents to help channel the air around better. Benelli has, however, retained the same 14-litre fuel tank and side panels.
The 300cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine is the same as the previous model, but now makes 35.35PS at 11,000rpm and 27Nm at 9,000rpm. This is 3.5PS less and 0.5Nm more than the current model. That said, the brand has compensated for the loss of power by shedding a whole 18kg off the motorcycle.
Suspension duties are handled by 41mm USD fork, however, now comes with preload adjustability. The rear monoshock is unchanged. The braking department too sees a slight update. Instead of the twin petal discs at up front, the bike now comes equipped with traditional rotors.
The 2021 Benelli 302R is likely to launch later this year and will carry a price tag of Rs 3.60 lakh. The bike will go up against the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the KTM RC 390.