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Benelli to use KTM’s engine in its upcoming models

13 April 2022, 07:02 PM Pratik Bhanushali
Benelli to use KTM’s engine in its upcoming models

- The latest engine patent filed by QJ Motor looks identical to the KTM’s 1301cc V-twin motor 

- Back in January, QJ Motor had filed an engine patent that matched the Austrian brand’s 799cc LC8 engine 

- The newly patented engine has been named QJ2V108MYL 

Chinese two-wheeler manufacturer, QJ Motor, has filed a new patent for one of its probable upcoming engines. The configuration seems identical to KTM’s 1031cc V-twin engine that does duties on the 1290 Super Adventure and the 1290 Super Duke R.  

This isn’t the first time that QJ Motor has filed an engine patent matching KTM’s motor. It also filed a patent application back in January for a 799cc motor which was reminiscent of the Austrian brand’s 799cc LC8 engine. However, it had minor tweaks on the castings for cylinders, head and cases. But the newly patented motor has no alterations.  

QJ Motor already has a deal with KTM for its Moto 3 campaign. So, it’s quite possible that the two manufacturers could have a licensing agreement in the pipeline. If so, Benelli would also benefit from the new engines since it's owned by QJ Motor. 

Benelli  Engine From Right

Furthermore, the newly patented motor is named  QJ2V108MYL. The initials, QJ, stand for the manufacturer name, 2V indicates that it’s a V-twin motor and 108 is the bore size. Not so coincidentally, 108mm is also the bore size for the KTM’s 1301cc LC8.  

While KTM’s engines are already manufactured in China, as of now, it’s CFMoto that does the part. Moreover, QJ Motor’s partnerships with Harley-Davidson and MV Agusta to use their engine in its lineup and Benelli’s range makes it a tad unclear where KTM stands. Not to mention, the 799cc motor patent also had TnT logo over it, so, a middleweight Benelli too is in the work. Head here to check out its design patent.   

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