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Benelli Tornado 500 2024: Unveiling the Future of Sports Motorcycling

Benelli Tornado 500 2024: Unveiling the Future of Sports Motorcycling

EICMA reveals Benelli’s most anticipated adventure bike

Benelli has once again pushed the boundaries of sports motorcycling with the launch of the Tornado 500 at this year’s EICMA 2023 in Italy. With its sleek and aggressive design, compact dimensions, and a powerful 500cc engine, the T500 is set to redefine the sports segment, catering to the dynamic demands of a rapidly growing global motorbike market and capturing the enthusiasm of a younger audience.

Design Evolution – Aesthetic Brilliance of the Tornado 500

 

Derived from the technical prowess of its predecessor, the Tornado Naked Twin 500, the T500 shares its frame and the proven 500cc engine. Crafted entirely by the R&D and the Benelli Style Centre in Pesaro, Italy, this motorcycle boasts a fresh styling approach. The fairing surfaces are sculpted and dynamic, accentuating the sporty character. The compact and contemporary shapes, combined with the sharp tail, handlebars, and a large front headlight fairing, contribute to the refined and modern style. The distinct lion-inspired DRLs and integrated tail light showcase Benelli’s commitment to both tradition and innovation.

Power Unleashed – Performance Features of the Tornado 500

 

Powering the Tornado 500 is a 500cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, delivering a smooth yet responsive performance. With a maximum power output of 47.6 hp at 8500 rpm and peak torque of 46 Nm at 6000 rpm, this motorcycle promises an exhilarating ride. The Euro 5+ compliant engine features wet-sump lubrication, wet clutch, and a six-speed gearbox with final chain drive.

Agile and Responsive – Chassis and Suspension

 

Sharing the frame of its “naked” sister, the Tornado 500 boasts a traditional steel trellis frame, providing agility, speed, and lightness on both straight roads and challenging corners. The suspension system comprises a Marzocchi upside-down fork at the front and a swinging arm with a central adjustable monoshock at the back, ensuring a smooth and controlled ride. The 17″ aluminium alloy rims with Brembo brakes and standard ABS guarantee precision and safety.

Technological Marvel – Instrumentation and Connectivity

 

The Tornado 500 is equipped with a 5-inch high-resolution TFT colour display, offering Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones. The handlebar switches enable call management, while Wi-Fi connectivity transforms the dashboard into a navigator. Additional features include TPMS for tire pressure monitoring and standard USB and USB-C sockets.

Stay Tuned for Tornado 500 Updates

As the excitement builds around the Benelli Tornado 500, stay tuned for further updates on pricing, colour options, and exclusive features. Follow Benelli New Zealand on social media for the latest news and be ready to experience the rush of the T500 in the coming months.

Engine and Gearbox

Type In-line 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, double overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement 500 cc
Bore x Stroke Ø 69.0 x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Rated Output 35 kW (47.6 Cv) @ 8500 rpm
Max. Torque 46 Nm (4.7 kgm) @ 6000 rpm
Lubrication Forced wet sump
Fuel Supply Electronic fuel injection with throttle body Ø 37 mm
Exhaust System With catalytic converter and oxygen sensors
Certification Euro 5 +
Clutch Wet clutch
Gearbox 6 speeds
Final Drive Chain drive

Electronics

Ignition ECU BOSCH MSE6.0
Spark Plug NGK CR8E
Starting Electric

Chassis

Frame Steel tube frame
Front Suspension Upside-down forks Ø 41 mm with spring preload adjustment and compression and rebound hydraulic brake adjustment
Front Suspension Stroke 115 mm
Rear Suspension The rear swing arm with central shock absorber with spring preload adjustment and hydraulic rebound brake adjustable
Rear Shock Absorber Stroke 45 mm – (125 mm rear wheel travel)
Front Brake Twin semi-floating discs Ø 320 mm with a radial pump, radial monobloc 4-piston calliper, and ABS
Rear Brake Single disc Ø 260 mm with single-piston floating calliper and ABS
Front Rim Type Aluminium alloy
Front Rim Dimensions 17” x MT 3.5” DOT
Rear Rim Type Aluminium alloy
Rear Rim Dimensions 17” x MT 4.5” DOT
Front Tyre 120/70 – ZR17 – M/C 58W
Rear Tyre 160/60 – ZR17 – M/C 69W

Dimensions

Length 2090 mm
Width Excluding Mirrors 770 mm
Height Excluding Mirrors 1155 mm
Pilot Seat Height 790 / 810 mm
Wheelbase 1420 mm
Ground Clearance* 160 mm
Mass in Running Order 186 kg **
Usable Tank Volume 16.5 Litre
Reserve 2.5 Litre

 

* without operating fluids
** with operating fluids and fuel tank filled to 90% of usable capacity (EU Regulation 168/2013)