The Benelli Leoncino 250 will be launched in India, and that too very soon, on 5 October 2019, claims Autocar India. The Benelli Leoncino 250 will fill the void that was created after the discontinuation of the TNT25 in 2018.
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In terms of styling, the Benelli Leoncino 250 draws cues from its higher displacement variants, including the Benelli Leoncino 500. The neo-retro styling is accompanied by premium hardware such as full LED lighting, a digital instrument console, inverted front forks, a rear monoshock, petal-type disc brakes on both wheels and a rear tyre hugger mounted number plate. The motorcycle will pack dual-channel ABS tech.
The Leoncino 250 is built around a steel trellis frame. The quarter-litre member of the Leoncino family rides on 110/70-R17 front and 150/60-R17 rear tyres.
Engine specifications on the current (Euro-IV – equivalent to BS-IV norms) model include a 249 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve motor with a fuel injection system that delivers 25.5 bhp of peak power at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 21.2 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The engine is linked to a six-speed transmission.
The Benelli Leoncino 250, when launched, will retail at a premium price tag. The source report indicates a 1.8-2 lakh* (ex-showroom) range, although we expect the tag to hover over the INR 2 lakh* mark.
While the Chinese-owned Italian two-wheeler brand is yet to confirm the launch of the Leoncino 250, it has started accepting pre-bookings for the Imperiale 400. The retro-style motorcycle can be reserved for a booking amount of INR 4,000. The launch has been confirmed for October while the deliveries will start from Diwali (late-October) onwards. The Imperiale will be available in three colour options – Red, Black and Chrome. The motorcycle will come with a three-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty as standard.
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The Imperiale 400 will target the likes of Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa Forty-Two and Jawa Classic. Benelli India will heavily localize the motorcycle for competitive pricing, and we expect to see a sub-INR 2 lakh (ex-showroom) tag on the Imperiale 400.