DSK Benelli a couple of days back marked its entry into the world of single cylinder motorcycles in India with the TNT25, which also goes on to become the smallest motorcycle in their Indian lineup. The bike promises a lot, especially with its price tag and is expected to put up a strong fight against the Honda CBR250R and the Mahindra Mojo, two of its chief rivals.
Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman of DSK Motowheels, revealed to BikeAdvice that they have received around 250 enquiries for their quarter liter and they intend to convert majority of them to bookings and final sales, now that the bike has been launched and deliveries have begun. They also aim to make it their most successful bike (no, their smallest TNT302 wasn’t the best seller) and expects to sell 2,000 to 2,500 units by the month of March 2016!
Edited excerpts of what Shirish told our correspondent Savio…
With TNT25 we have got a very hot enquiry level of about 250 prospects which we are expecting to convert quite soon. In the next 3 to 4 days we should be able to convert them into actual bookings and looking at the overall number, if I say, then this one, by March should do two to two and a half thousand number of units minimum.
Just to give you a perspective, 600-700 units per month is more than the combined sales of both CBR250R and Mojo! This is also more than the combined Benellis DSK has sold till now!
Powering the bike is a 249 cc fuel injected liquid cooled DOHC mill churning out 28.16 bhp of maximum power at 9,800 rpm and 21.61 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. It also boasts of adjustable front brake lever standard on both trims. The company has also introduced a variety of customisation options with a lot of decals.
TNT25 at a price tag of Rs 1.68 lakhs (with MRF tyres) and Rs 1.75 lakhs (with Metz) certainly appears to be a nice little preposition but we doubt it will be able to outdo the competition combined! Is DSK Benelli overestimating or the TNT25 does pack that punch?