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QJ Motor unveils 550cc sportsbike to rival Honda CBR500R | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The yet-to-be-named motorbike makes use of an enlarged model of the 500cc parallel-twin seen within the Benelli TRK 502, Leoncino and 502C fashions.

Benelli’s dad or mum firm, QJ Motor, has launched an image of its upcoming 550cc sportsbike, designed to rival the likes of the Honda CBR500R. Like its Japanese competitor, the QJ motorbike (whose identify is but to be revealed) makes use of a parallel-twin engine – one which’s derived from Benelli’s 500cc fashions. 

The dual-cylinder motor that powers the 502C, Leoncino and TRK 502 has been enlarged to 554cc, and, in consequence, output figures have additionally gone up barely. Within the half-litre fashions, the engine produces 47.5hp and 46Nm, which makes it A2-compliant. On this bigger 554cc guise, peak output figures are 57hp and 54Nm, although it’s fairly seemingly {that a} restricted A2-compliant model will even be made obtainable with barely decrease figures. In its restricted kind, the QJ’s numbers ought to be nearly on par with the CBR’s, however it would have a nostril forward in its unrestricted kind.

The comparatively modest output figures haven’t stopped QJ’s designers from going to city on the motorbike, although. Highlights embody fairing-mounted winglets and a single-sided swingarm, and whereas all of it does look moderately hanging, there’s no getting across the uncanny resemblance to the Ducati Panigale V4. The fascia, tail part, fairings and aforementioned winglets and swingarm all intently mimic Ducati’s flagship superbike, and the purple paint solely strengthens the connection.

One space that is nothing just like the Panigale, although, is ergonomics. With tall clip-on handlebars and a seemingly relaxed seat-to-peg distance, the driving place on the brand new QJ is prone to be extra sport tourer than full-blown supersport, which places it in step with the bike’s anticipated efficiency ranges. As with many Benelli fashions, the underpinnings are beefy, with a meaty-looking upside-down fork and twin brake discs up entrance. The rear brake disc seems moderately massive as nicely, and stopping {hardware} will come from Brembo, whereas KYB is accountable for the fork.

There’s a risk that this motorbike might spawn a rebadged Benelli counterpart, and if that occurs, we might see this motorbike in Indian showrooms sooner or later sooner or later. If Benelli’s present 500cc line-up is something to go by, anticipate this sportsbike to hold a small premium and price across the Rs 6 lakh mark as soon as it arrives. This is able to place it in a neat spot between the likes of the KTM RC 390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 650.

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