Sunday, April 08, 2007

The future’s bright, the future’s Benelli?


Fancy having a turbo'd version of this? Benelli may be working on one right now...

With development fuelled by Chinese money, Qianjiang-owned Benelli could be on to big things in the near future. The historic Italian marque, which built the six-cylinder Benelli Sei sportsbike in the 1970s and 80s, is now again working on a 1,000cc V6 superbike. The new machine is likely to have more than 200 horsepower on tap and Benelli may race this bike in World Superbikes in 2009.

The 750 Due, which Benelli showed at the Intermot last year, is due to be launched soon and Benelli are also working on a 600cc inline-four sportsbike, as well as a new 900cc, three-cylinder Tre-K dual-sport machine (the existing 1130 Tre-K will still remain in the lineup). And finally, Benelli are said to be developing a turbocharged TNT for the power-crazed, so Ducati, Bimota and MV Agusta had better watch out!

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