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Future Benelli TNT800 Engine Revealed

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New patents filed by Benelli parent Qianjiang show the development of a new parallel-twin engine.

New patents filed by Benelli guardian Qianjiang present the event of a brand new parallel-twin engine. (Benelli/)

Benelli’s regular return to prominence took a giant step ahead late final 12 months with the reveal of the brand new TRK800 journey bike, however the firm could be on the verge of a fair bigger leap because it’s creating a brand new 800cc-class parallel-twin engine.

Revealed in these patent photographs, which defend the exterior look of the engine somewhat than any technical elements, the brand new twin is almost equivalent to KTM’s LC8c unit, as used within the 790 and 890 Duke and Journey fashions, in addition to the brand new Husqvarna Norden 901. Whether or not the engine is a clone, a duplicate, or the results of some behind-the-scenes cooperation with KTM isn’t clear since there’s been no official announcement of its existence, however a number of issues could be seen from the patent doc that reveal extra about each its design and Benelli’s plans for its future.

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The 800cc powerplant looks externally identical to KTM’s LC8c mill, though the different castings hint that it’s not likely to be an outright copy.

The 800cc powerplant seems externally equivalent to KTM’s LC8c mill, although the totally different castings trace that it’s not more likely to be an outright copy. (Benelli/)

The patent was filed by Benelli’s Chinese language guardian firm, Qianjiang, and it reveals that the engine is code-named QJ288MW. That code exhibits it’s manufactured by Qianjiang (QJ), has two-cylinders and an 88mm bore—matching the bore of the smaller, 799cc “790″ model of KTM’s LC8c. Externally, the engine’s format and design, proper all the way down to the bolt patterns across the clutch, water pump, and generator cowl, look like close to equivalent to the KTM LC8c, however the cylinder, head, and instances have noticeable variations of their castings, so it’s not merely a rebadged KTM engine. It’s value noting that KTM’s engines are already manufactured in China by CFMoto, which itself makes use of a 799cc model of the design in its new 800MT journey bike. One other Chinese language agency, Colove, has additionally proven an LC8c-mimicking twin to be used in a future mannequin of its personal, the 800X journey bike.

Whereas the Qianjiang-Benelli design could possibly be merely a duplicate of the KTM design—China’s motorbike trade hasn’t had a scarcity of cloned designs prior to now—it’s value noting that there’s a direct connection between the model and KTM in 2022. Qianjiang’s different motorbike model, QJMotor, which makes use of most of the similar platforms as Benelli’s fashions, has been introduced as an entry on this 12 months’s Moto3 world championship utilizing rebranded KTM RC250GP equipment. Qianjiang additionally has tie-ins with a number of different massive names, together with Harley-Davidson (for which it’s resulting from manufacture a small-capacity twin) and MV Agusta (Qianjiang makes the brand new Fortunate Explorer 5.5). Qianjiang has additionally just lately taken on the manufacture of Marzocchi suspension in China.

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Subtle “TNT” badging at the top suggests the engine may be destined for a planned naked sportbike model.

Delicate “TNT” badging on the prime suggests the engine could also be destined for a deliberate bare sportbike mannequin. (Benelli/)

No matter its roots, it’s clear the brand new engine is destined for a Benelli somewhat than one other of Qianjiang’s mannequin ranges. The “TNT” badge, acquainted from the previous Benelli TNT1130 and the smaller-capacity machines that adopted it, is obvious to see on the right-hand facet of the cylinder head. Because it’s merely on a bolt-on panel, that badge can clearly be modified to swimsuit different fashions or manufacturers, however initially it seems that a brand new TNT (which initially stood for “Twister Bare Tre” however has since utilized to all Benelli’s bare sportbikes) is within the works.

Again in September of 2020, Benelli introduced plans for a number of latest engines, together with parallel twins from 700cc to 900cc, and searching again at that announcement the agency displayed a picture of a parallel twin that matches the newly patented design within the background. On the similar time the agency promised 900cc–1,200cc triples and 650cc and 1,000cc four-cylinder engines. The final of these might be based mostly on MV Agusta’s literbike engine, suggesting {that a} new Benelli superbike is a part of the corporate’s long-term plans.


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