BENELLIS MID-RANGE MORE DISPLACEMENT400 is the new 300 in the middle class let’s take a look into it. Parent company QJ is gradually upgrading the 300 and 350 engines to 400s, which could bring eight horsepower. Benelli could benefit from this.
With the 300 twin, QJ Motors is very modern when it comes to engines. Unfortunately, with an output of 21 kilowatts, it is neither fish nor meat: too powerful for the A1 certificate, more or less too weak for the 35 kilowatts of the A2 class. ‘Pull along’ is the motto of the Chinese manufacturer QJ and its motorcycle division QJ Motors. Here, well-known models with more cubic capacity are made one size bigger. A step that would certainly make good progress on the 300-series Benellis.
Benelli 400, 550 and 650
In 2022, Benelli will no longer offer the 300 twin in large parts of Europe, relying instead on the 500 and 750 engines in Leoncino, TRK and 752S. What is clear, however, is that in China the 300 engine is being drilled out in rapid increments to 400 cc, which brings a good 11 hp to just under 42 hp and makes the models comparable to the 400s from Japan and Austria.
At the same time, oblique drawings of larger TNT and Tornado models are floating around the web, showing 550 and 650 engines in possible Benellis. And yes: QJ Motors already uses these engines. As a two-cylinder with 550 cc and exactly 35 kilowatts or 47.6 hp and as a version with 693 cc and a tight 73 hp or even with 754 cc and 76 hp, as in the already known TRK 800 .
The technical basis at QJ Motors for Benelli is undisputedly available. Again, it’s all about which models the national Benelli importers see in their markets. Looking at the German registration numbers, the 650 models shine temptingly.