Benelli Leoncino spotted testing in Maharashtra
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
Benelli’s upcoming neo-retro motorcycle, the Benelli Leoncino has been spied testing in Maharashtra, sporting a camouflage.
The Benelli Leoncino was spied for the first time in the country last month. The company launched the bike in the Malaysian market in October. CentroStile Benelli from Italy has designed the motorcycle. It features a scrambler-esque design language, tempered with modern mechanicals. The lighting system is all-LED, and the instrument cluster is a digital unit. The single piece seat complements the upright riding position. The bike was spotted with a saree guard recently.
The neo-retro scrambler draws power from a 499.6cc in-line two cylinder DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection. It is capable of developing 47.5 PS of power at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The Euro 4 engine pairs with a 6-speed transmission. Benelli has derived the powerplant from the TRK 502.
A 50 mm upside down front fork and a preload and rebound-adjustable rear monoshock hold the trellis frame. For anchorage, the Leoncino employs dual 320 mm discs at the front, with 4-piston radial callipers. The rear comes with a single 260 mm disc with a single piston calliper. The bike gets ABS as standard. The 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels are shod with 120-section at the front and 160-section at the rear.
The Benelli Leoncino will reportedly be launched by February 2018. The Benelli Leoncino would be the cheapest scrambler offering when launched in India, undercutting the Triumph Street Scrambler and the Ducati Scrambler.
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