When Benelli Philippines officially opened its showroom late last year, a lucky few were able to get their hands on the TNT 135 minibike. Thankfully, there are more stocks available now. It’s a small, aggressively-styled mini bike for the street, similar to the Honda Grom and Kawasaki Z125.
Of course, Benelli has a bigger version of the TNT, in the form of the 302 and 600. Benelli has offered the TNT 600i for some time in China and select markets in Europe. Its updated version was unveiled at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show. Just a few days ago, the 2020 model was officially launched in China.
The TNT 600i is powered by a 600cc inline-4, liquid-cooled DOHC engine. It produces 80.4 HP at 11,000 rpm and maximum torque of 55 Nm at 8,500 rpm. It’s paired to a six-speed transmission. It’s built upon a steel trellis frame with a 15-liter fuel tank on top.
New features include full LED headlights and new graphics on the tank. The instrument panel is now full color TFT LCD.
Keeping it over bumps is an upside-down fork in front and an aluminum swingarm with adjustable monoshock in the rear. It’s brought to a stop with twin 320mm discs in front with 260 mm disc in the rear. It rides on 17 inch wheels with 120 mm tires in front and 180 mm tires in the rear from Pirelli.
Its seat height is 800 mm while it tips the scales at 223 kg.
Benelli Philippines currently only offers the TNT in 135cc single-cylinder and 302cc parallel twin sizes, though it would be nice if they had a highway-legal 600cc version.