AutonetMagz – As Indonesia market just been shocked by the Cartel indication towards two brand with the highest market share, Honda and Yamaha, we remain to hope that it wouldn’t affected their planning for future products, especially the crowded 150 cc segment.
Considering Yamaha just released the new V-Ixion, along with the return of Suzuki with the GSX-S150, it also heard that one other brand are going to compete in this fierce segment, the brand is Benelli.
Surely talking about Benelli in Indonesia, we are familiar with the TNT 250 and Zafferano 250, but now we are going to talk about the 150 cc segment, which Benelli have the TNT 150 who available in India market.
Several times ago, the new version of the motorbike has been previewed through a video teaser, it looks quite fierce, with a red contrasting trellis frame. Indeed the headlight hasn’t apply LED, but it came with LED DRL, along with an upside down front shocks in sliver color and a split seats.
The front caliper with Benelli writings match the frame, so do the rear. The muffler are not too long, which looks like the one on Yamaha R25. The tail lamp looks sharp despite it remains unclear whether it apply LED or not. As the speedometer has applied a full digital version with gear indicator and a 12,000 rpm of tachometer.
From the information released, Benelli planning to bring this bike to several South East Asia market, which probably includes Indonesia, so if it want to compete in the 150 cc segment, how much the engine able to produce? It fitted with an air cooled 148 cc producing 12.06 HP at 8,500 rpm and 11 Nm at 6,000 rpm.
As we know, the 150 cc is a fierce segment, as Vixion wil be refreshed, as CB150SF still sufficient in terms of design and performance, while the newcomer GSX-150S come with a good performance and price. So at where Benelli will positioned their models? we shall see.