Benelli Leoncino 500 scrambler spied testing again: India launch expected in early 2018

The upcoming Benelli Leoncino is expected to be priced close to Rs 4.5 lakh and will challenge the likes of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Harley-Davidson Street 750 in terms of pricing.

By: | Published: November 26, 2017 5:46 PM

The India-bound Benelli Leoncino scrambler has been spied testing in Pune one more time. The motorcycle was announced by the Italian manufacturer for India a few months back. The new spy shot of the heavily camouflaged test mule reveals some more info about the motorcycle. The design of the Benelli Leoncino has retro appeal along with the essential ingredients of a decent looking scrambler at the same time. At the front, the Benelli Leoncino has been assisted with rounded headlamp containing LEDs that should offer good illumination in the dark. The front gets more commanding as it comes fitted with beefy 50mm inverted forks. The rear suspension duties are carried out by a monoshock. The motorcycle runs on alloy wheels that have been shod with sticky Pirelli Angel GT rubber. The flat seat along with a  flat handlebar offers the rider a quite upright and comfortable riding position. The tail end of the Benelli Leoncino gets a single sided swingarm that not only looks appealing but also lends the bike an exposed and sporty rear. The number plate of the bike comes fitted on the tyre hugger that is also good to look at from the rear.

The Benelli Leoncino gets its power from a 499.6cc, twin-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The fuel injected motor is good for developing a maximum power output of 47 hp along with a peak torque of 45 Nm. The braking of the Leoncino is done with the help of 320mm dual disc brakes at the front along with a 260mm disc brake at the rear. An ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) has been fitted as standard to deliver a safe and effective braking.

The Benelli Leoncino is expected to hit Indian shores sometime early next year. The motorcycle will likely carry a price tag of close to Rs 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom) and will compete against the likes of upcoming Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and the Harley-Davidson Street 750 in terms of price point.

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