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Benelli’s Leoncino Lion Cub Roars Into India

The Benelli Leoncino is a 500cc neo-retro styled scrambler with comfortable ergonomics

Benelli’s Leoncino Lion Cub Roars Into India
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  • While the Leoncino is offered in two variants abroad, only the standard version makes its way to India.
  • It’s powered by a 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine that makes 47.5PS and 46Nm.
  • The bike weighs 207kg (kerb).

Benelli has launched the much-awaited Leoncino 500 in India at Rs 4.79 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Bookings for the motorcycle have begun online as well as at Benelli dealerships from today for a token amount of Rs 10,000. The neo-retro styled scrambler is the second offering from the Italian brand this year, and one of the best looking bikes to exit its factory floor. The brand also offers a Trail version of the bike but it’s only available overseas at the moment.

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The Benelli Leoncino offers the best of both worlds, retro styling paired with modern-day mechanical components. It features LED lights and a full-digital instrument console which is a sweeping change from the dated analogue-digital instrument console on its current crop of bikes. Its easy-to-reach handlebars and upright ergonomics should be better suited for urban riding and touring, but we'll only be able to paint a better picture once we get our hands on the bike.

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Benelli has plonked the same 500cc engine from the TRK 502 into the Leoncino. In terms of power output, the liquid-cooled parallel-twin mill makes 47.5PS at 8500rpm and 46Nm at 6000rpm, mated to a 6-speed transmission. While output might remain the same, the engine is expected to have a slightly different state of tune.

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It employs a tubular frame coupled with fat 50mm USD front fork and a monoshock which features rebound and preload adjustability. Anchoring the Leoncino are twin 320mm discs with radially-mounted calipers upfront and a 260mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS comes as standard. Its 17-inch wheels come wrapped in a 120/70-section tyre upfront and a 160/60-section tyre at the rear. While the bike is compact and gets a relatively low seat height of 815mm, it's still on the heavier side, weighing in at 207kg (kerb).

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At this price point, the Benelli Leoncino 500 doesn’t have a direct rival. The closest scrambler comes in the form of the Ducati Scrambler which retails at Rs 7.89 lakh (ex-showroom India).

Source: zigwheels.com

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