-2020 Benelli TNT 600i spotted in China
-Gets completely new bodywork and Euro 5 compliant engine
-Likely to be introduced by the end of 2019
Benelli had globally introduced the TNT 600i (then BN600) at the EICMA in 2012. The bike has essentially remained the same apart from getting an ABS unit recently. Now, almost seven years on, spy images reveal that a completely overhauled Benelli TNT 600i is in the pipeline.
The new TNT 600i has shed all the extra bulk from the front and especially the rear and looks almost unrecognisable. It now gets a slimmer and longer, full-LED headlamp flanked by LED-turn indicators. The tank still has wide shoulder lines although the design is now smoother and uniform. It gets separate radiator shrouds too that replace the single-piece tank/radiator shroud on the existing model. And to hide its bulk at the mid-section, the TNT 600i features black plastic cladding.
At the rear, the first noticeable change is the missing twin under-seat exhausts which are likely to be replaced by a single canister on the right. The bike also gets a single-piece seat that is similar to the Benelli 752S and a svelte rear section that houses the tail lamp. To further cut down on bulk, Benelli has fitted the new TNT 600i with a swingarm-mounted tyre hugger and number plate holder.
The new bike also gets a much needed TFT-display that is likely to sport different layouts. And as for the engine, Benelli will equip the new TNT 600i with a Euro 5-compliant motor so as to sell the motorcycle in Europe and India. While engine details are unknown, the manufacturer is likely to revise the power output of the motorcycle.
Apart from this, the new Benelli TNT 600i seems to remain the same. It continues with the inverted front forks (which now get reflectors to comply with new American and European laws), tubular trellis frame and swingarm from the existing model.
We expect Benelli to introduce the new TNT 600i at the 2019 EICMA and launch the motorcycle in India sometime next year. The new model is likely to demand a premium of around Rs 20,000 over the current model which retails at Rs 6.2 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).