Benelli TNT 25 vs Yamaha FZ 25 Comparison Review

Published on: Feb 09, 2017
Yamaha FZ 25 vs Benelli TNT 25 Comparison Review :

Pricing & Features Comparison:
Benelli TNT25 is offered in two variants, standard and Premium. The TNT25 standard retails for Rs. 2.03 Lakh on-road Delhi while its Premium mutant is priced at 2.10 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi.
The freshly launched FZ25 from Yamaha has a fascinating price tag of Rs. 1.30 Lakh on-road Delhi, this makes it a hefty 80,000 Rs. cheaper than the Benelli TNT25.

Benelli TNT25 features a fuel injected engine, inverted upside down (USD) front forks with mono-shocks at the rear, a four-piston calipers mounted 280mm disc upfront and a twin-port 240mm disc at the rear while you also get an option of a double disc variant. The tank is sculpted  to give it a bold look while the multi-spoke alloy wheels and a side slung exhaust gives it a sporty character. The TNT25 also features a semi digital instrument cluster accommodating an analogue tachometer. It also lets you choose between divergent Tyre ranges featuring MRF Rev C Tyres which comes equipped with the standard variant and the premium model gets Metzeler rubbers. Also the 17 Liters of whacking fuel tank gives it a great touring capability.

The Yamaha FZ25 comes with telescopic front forks setup with swingram Mono-cross at the rear, diamond frame, disk brakes at both front and rear ends, fuel injected motor again like the Tnt , a fully digital instrument console which includes information like fuel consumption and shift light indicator. It also gets an all new LED headlight with AHO and a Led taillight.

Price, On Road, Delhi:
Yamaha FZ25 - 1.30 Lakh
Benelli TNT25 (standard) - 2.03 Lakh
Benelli TNT25 (premium) - 2.10 Lakh

Performance & Tractability:
Powering the DSK Benelli TNT 25 is a 249cc, 4-valve liquid cooled, single cylinder engine developing 28.16 bhp of power @9800 rpm and 21.6 Nm of peak torque @8000 rpm coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. The linear power delivery offered by this Italian makes it a delight at cruising speeds of about 80 to 90 kmph. The low end performance in the city is very impressive without any major heating concerns in bumper to bumper traffic conditions and the hard clutch could sometimes make you feel jaded. TNT 25 derives an excellent pull from its motor giving you a agile forward thrust. Even the 6-speed gearbox is crisp to operate and will not bother you in the city. The extra sixth gear proves to be very useful on the Highways for effortless touring and assists it to attain a top speed of 140 kmph. One will surely appreciate its mid-range performance but the top-end will disappoint you as there is a lot of buzz from the motor as soon as you hit the redline. The vibrations from the engine are way too high and you can feel them apparently on the handlebars, foot-pegs and the seat. The exhaust note from the single cylinder motor isn't that eargasmic as its elder siblings does but will surely thrill your ears by its deep-toned note.

The power-train of the Yamaha FZ 25 is provisioned with a 249cc, air cooled 2-valve fuel injected, single cylinder engine that can produce 21 bhp @8000 rpm which is not that freaky figures but manages to overwhelm you by its linear torque delivery of 20Nm @6000 rpm giving you an excellent mid-range punch. This power is taken to the rear via 5-speed gearbox which shifts like a piece of cake with lesser gear shifting in city crawls and selecting higher gears at low speeds is not a problem for this Japanese bike. Also there are no such heating issues to trouble your legs while peaceful riding. The engine has been fine-tuned to adjust in the Indian conditions and all of this is built on Yamaha's Blue-core modernism helping to maintain the balance between tweaked performance and revamped fuel efficiency. The main concern with the FZ 25 is its exhausted upper-end range. A keen tourer will always grumble about its top-end potential. It needs to be pushed very hard once you reach towards the peak of the tacho, and would certainly feel the need of more surge to twist the throttle harder.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): TNT 25 - 177, FZ 25 - 141
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): TNT 25 - 136, FZ 25 - 135

Power (PS@rpm): TNT 25 - 28.16@9800 , FZ 25 - 20.9@8000
Torque (Nm@rpm): TNT 25 - 21.61@8000, FZ 25 - 20@6000
Kerb Weight (kg): TNT 25 - 159, FZ 25 - 148

Displacement (cc): TNT 25 - 249, FZ 25 - 249

Fuel Efficiency:
The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of the Benelli TNT 25 is 35 kmpl which is about 8 kmpl less than the 43 kmpl certified fuel efficiency of the Yamaha FZ 25. The Yamaha FZ 25 is sure to deliver more fuel efficiency than the TNT 25 because of its low torque and power figures and also Yamaha's advanced Blue-core technology.

Test Mileage (kmpl) : TNT 25 - 30, FZ 25 - 38

Fuel Cost ( for usage of 60,000 km) : TNT 25 - 1.45 Lakh , FZ 25 - 1.30 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Yamaha provides splendid quality in their whole lineup and thus are highly reliable and trusted brand in India being famous for their sheer dependency. Benelli is a fresh brand in India and its reliability couldn't be doubted as this Italian manufacture is into motorcycles since 1911 and promises state of the art reliability of its products. While Benelli is miles behind Yamaha in after sales department having very few dealers and service centers across the country that keeps potential buyers away from the brand leading to a huge concern among its customers for the after sales of their motorcycles. However Yamaha has settled itself strongly throughout the country and their service network has vastly expanded to almost every city here in India. Also the parts of Yamaha are much cheaper when compared to the premium priced accessories and parts of the Benelli.

Resale Price (after 5 - 7 years & 60,000 km):
TNT 25 - 72,000
FZ 25 - 65,000

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost - Resale Price):
TNT 25 - 2.83 Lakh
FZ 25 - 1.95 Lakh

Handling & Ride Quality:
The TNT 25 is very agile machine to maneuver in the city due to its light weight and quick response from its well laid out handlebars. The robust strellis frame holds the body at tight corners and the Metzeler's clench the tarmac very keenly giving it a very sophisticated ride quality. The USD forks at the front does majestic job without letting you feel an inch of the bump. The rear mono-shock too cares about your comfort by soaking the jerks with uttermost confidence. The only let down are the front brakes of the TNT 25 that lack the bite needed to stop this powerful machine, though they are 4 ways adjustable but that doesn't work, while the rear brakes have got pretty decent braking abilities but the need of ABS is a must in this bike.
The  Diamond frame on the FZ 25 is precisely balanced for strength and austerity. Its light weight offers extra nimbleness to its character for daily commuting around the city. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm forks at front and 130mm travel suspension at rear which are optimally tuned to show pronounced damping characteristics and provides sufficient rigidity to the rider. Although it misses out on ABS but the 2-pot 282mm front disc and the 220mm at rear gives it a balanced stopping power.

Tyre Size:
Front: TNT 25 - 110/70 R17, FZ 25 - 100/80 R17
Rear: TNT 25 - 150//60 R17, FZ 25 - 140/70 R17

Wheelbase (mm): TNT 25 - 1400, FZ 25 - 1360

Comfort & Ergonomics:
The seating position on the TNT 25 is very upright and you do not need to stretch your arms to hold the handlebars. The foot-pegs are a bit rear seat to give a sporty yet comfortable stance to the rider. Both, the rider and pillion seat get congenial seat cushioning and long rides are enjoyable. The only problem being that it might not be suitable for tall riders due to its low seating.
The riding position of the FZ 25 is meticulous and offers upright seating position. The handlebars are placed neatly and complements the rear set foot-pegs giving a sorted and sporty position to the rider. The split seats are snug and are very comfortable in city riding.

Seat Height (mm): TNT 25 - 780, FZ 25 - 795

This quarter-liter warfare has really been a tough competition from the beginning itself.  The Benelli TNT 25 enjoys excellent power figures in its segment with decorous performance, productive features and outright comfort making it a worth considering motorcycle. Though the deprived front brake feel and vibrations are unendurable flaws if you are paying over 2 Lakh for a quarter liter machine in which you don't even get ABS as an option even when this feature is offered in Indian brands like Rtr200 and Dominar which are much cheaper and provide a lot better after sales than this Italian.
Whereas the FZ 25 being the most affordable quarter liter motorcycle in the country possessing exceptionally acrobatic and zippy nature during daily commutes and will also serve the purpose for occasional touring. Last but not the least, Yamaha's deep-dyed reliability and composed after sales service being comparable to none. The entry level Benelli doesn't replicate the same maturity as its elder sibling like the Tnt300 or even the motorcycles from other manufacturers in same price category. However the FZ 25 is really a stylish and performance oriented motorcycle, and yet practical enough to be used as a daily driver and is also priced much economically than its competition. No doubt, the Japanese is our pick for this enthralling saga.

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