According to one report on MotorBox, Benelli are working on a brand-new, 600cc sportsbike that could take on the Japanese brigade in 2009. Apart from the Gilera 600 there has been no other supersport 600 from Italy in recent times, but the Benelli could change that.
Taking a break from their traditional three-cylinder engines, Benelli are expected to use an inline-four for their 600cc sportsbike. Unlike Triumph, who’ve been quite successful with their three-cylinder Daytona 675, Benelli want to take the Japanese head-on, with a four-cylinder 600!
The 2009 Benelli 600 is expected to have a very high-tech, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, oversquare engine that produces around 125 horsepower. But where things get really radical is the chassis and suspension. Instead of an aluminium beam or steel tube trellis frame, the Benelli 600 is likely to have carbonfibre monocoque chassis, single-sided rear swingarm and front swingarm with Bimota Tesi-style hub-centre steering!
Pierluigi Marconi, who earlier worked at Bimota and who created the first Tesi’s radical front end, is now the technical director at Benelli, so indeed it wouldn’t be very surprising if the 2009 Benelli 600 packed a few surprises in the chassis and suspension department.
We hope to see a working prototype of this bike at the EICMA show in Milan later this year…!
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