Benelli has dropped a bomb by unveiling the newest addition to the TNT range of motorcycles – the TNT 15. This new entry-level model is powered by a single-pot 150cc engine and is expected to be launched here by the end of this year.
The TNT 15 is built around a tubular diamond frame, instead of the trestle frame found in the TNT 300, TNT 600i, TNT 899 and the TNT R. Aesthetically though, Benelli has penned the TNT 15’s design along the lines of its bigger streetfighter siblings. The headlamp sports a familiar design with a pilot lamp at the bottom and a small bikini fairing on top. The instrument cluster has been straightaway lifted from the TNT 250 quarter litre bike. It also gets air scoops besides the sculpted fuel tank and a shroud beneath the engine.
The TNT 15 rides on conventional telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock. Braking hardware includes a single petal disc at the front and a drum brake at the rear. It gets a stubby exhaust can on the left side instead of an underbelly unit. While the rest of technical details are still a mystery, reports suggest that the TNT 15 is powered by a 148cc single-pot engine, which is mated to a five-speed gearbox.
While Benelli’s TNT range consists of high-performance motorcycles, the TNT 15 seems to be quite different from the rest of the pack. The TNT 15, due to its brief equipment list and the lack of sophisticated technology, seems more like a conventional commuter motorcycle than a fancy and expensive 150cc bike. Once launched here, we expect the TNT 15 to be priced on par with other commuter motorcycles like the Honda Unicorn 160, Yamaha FZ-S and the Suzuki Gixxer.