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QJMotor to launch four bikes in India this month | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The inaugural merchandise from Benelli’s sister firm will vary from 250cc to 500cc.

We have now discovered from firm sources that QJMotor is ready to make its India debut this month, with the launch of 4 new bikes. To the uninitiated, QJMotor is a sister model to Benelli – each entities are owned by the Qianjiang Group. Whereas QJ has thus far predominantly operated in its dwelling market of China, the corporate has been seeking to increase globally for a while now.

  • Line-up can have two retro-style fashions: SRC250, SRC500
  • SRK400 bare roadster will even be launched right here
  • Lastly, the SRV300, a light-weight roadster with a Harley connection

In China, the corporate presents an unlimited array of over 30 fashions, throughout bikes, scooters and even electrics. However QJMotor’s India debut will characteristic 4 fashions, all of which shall be petrol-powered bikes. Probably the most acquainted of those is the SRC500.

QJMotor SRC500: particulars

Listed on QJMotor’s web site by its fascinating full title, SRC500 (QJ500-8A), you don’t should squint your eyes very a lot earlier than this bike begins to resemble the Benelli Imperiale 400. Primarily, that is an Imperiale, with a number of styling tweaks and a bigger motor. The place the Imperiale will get a 374cc single-cylinder engine, the QJ is endowed with a bigger 480cc motor that’s visually virtually an identical to the Benelli’s. Peak energy stands at 25.8hp, in comparison with the Imperiale’s 21hp. And relying on the place you look on QJ’s web site, peak torque is both 36Nm or 40Nm.

QJMotor SRC250: particulars

The opposite retro motorbike in QJ’s line-up would be the SRC250; full title SRC250 (QJ250-9). You may suppose that the similarity in nomenclature would translate right into a similarity between the 2 merchandise, however in reality, they’re chalk and cheese. Not solely does the SRC250 sport its personal design language, it’s truly powered by a twin-cylinder engine! You may suppose that ought to make it a high-revving, tenacious little powerhouse. However the 249cc unit manages 17.7hp at 8,000rpm. For reference, a Suzuki Gixxer 250 produces 26.5hp at 9,300rpm. Peak torque can be a reasonably humble 16.5Nm on the QJ (the Suzuki manages 22.2Nm).

QJMotor SRK400: particulars

 

Amongst QJMotor’s extra trendy choices would be the SRK400, a sharp-looking streetfighter that appears nicely outfitted to tackle one thing like a KTM 390 Duke. At its coronary heart is a 400cc parallel-twin motor, producing a good 41.5hp and 37Nm – numbers that place it virtually precisely on par with the KTM. It’s all held collectively by a chassis that appears similar to that of the Benelli TNT 300, so that you get a trellis body suspended on an upside-down fork and a monoshock. Just like the TNT, you get twin 260mm brake discs on the entrance, and regardless of the beefy underpinnings, the SRK ideas the scales at 186kg, laden with fluids.

QJMotor SRV300: particulars

The ultimate product that QJMotor will convey to India is maybe probably the most fascinating. Referred to as the SRV300, this can be a light-weight roadster with a powerful Harley-Davidson connection. The Milwaukee big is eager to faucet into the quickly rising middleweight section in Asian markets, and to that finish, it has partnered up with QJMotor. The SRV300 is a mannequin that could possibly be rebadged as a Harley-Davidson and bought in lots of of those markets.

As for the bike itself, it isn’t listed on QJ’s dwelling web site, nevertheless it does seem on among the firm’s worldwide web sites, together with specs. It ticks a giant Harley field by sporting a V-twin engine. If it does sport the H-D badge someday within the close to future, it can develop into one in every of solely a handful of Harleys to be powered by a liquid-cooled engine. Displacing 296cc, this motor produces 30.7hp and 26Nm, and is paired to a 6-speed gearbox.

On the styling entrance, the SRV could possibly be categorized as a bobber, with its chopped fenders and low-slung stance. The gas tank is a squared-off teardrop form, whereas the headlight is spherical. Whereas there are pillion foot pegs seen, it’s laborious to think about anybody would be capable to comfortably perch themselves atop the miniscule portion of the seat that extends behind the rider’s saddle. Suspension contains an upside-down fork and twin shock absorbers, and there’s a single disc brake at every finish.

QJMotor: India launch timeline

The corporate will formally announce its India line-up in the midst of November, and the bikes shall be bought by the Moto Vault dealerships that presently inventory Moto Morini and Zontes bikes. This distribution community is owned and managed by Adishwar Auto Journey India, which can be Benelli’s distributor in our market. Going by how massive QJMotor’s worldwide line-up is, it could be unsurprising to see the Indian line-up develop within the months following the debut.

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