After the standard Leoncino 800, Benelli has unveiled the Trail-badged version of its new 800 cc scrambler range. The new Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail receives several styling upgrades over the standard model that gives it an enhanced off-road persona.
The off-road-focused styling is brought out by the tall-set double exhaust and the 19-inch front wheel. In comparison, the standard model uses a conventional position for the exhaust and a 17-inch front wheel. Both variants use cross-spoke wheel design that enables the installation of tubeless tyres. The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR (120/70-19 front and 170/60-17 rear) tyres.
Benelli has also updated the suspension setup and the new Leoncino 800 Trail uses Marzocchi-sourced 50 mm inverted front fork with adjustable rebound, compression and pre-load. The Trail model boasts a longer suspension travel (140 mm) than the road-focused version (130 mm). Similarly, the rear mono-shock features an adjustable spring preload and rebound damping and extra travel (140 mm).
The longer suspension travel has raised the seat height by a marginal 18 mm over the road model. The Leoncino 800 Trail’s seat height is 818 mm (vs 800 mm on the road model).
Styling upgrade over the standard model includes a headlight fairing that features the Leoncino series arc. The new double exhaust, as mentioned before, gets a higher position. The exhaust was developed specifically for the Trail version. The number plate holder and the heat shield on the side further enhance the off-road look of the Leoncino 800 Trail. The design of the steel tank is identical on both variants. The Trail model comes with a “Trail” badge on the tank.
Mechanical specifications on the Trail model is identical to the road-going version. The 754 cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder, 8-valve, DOHC engine that pumps out 81.6 hp (60 kW) of max power at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque of 67 Nm (6.8 kgm) at 6,500 rpm. The 6-speed gearbox features a slipper clutch.
The braking setup, too, is similar to the road-spec model. The Brembo braking system includes twin 320 mm diameter semi-floating discs with four-piston radially mount mono-block callipers at the front and a single 260 mm disc with a double piston calliper at the rear.
Benelli has confirmed in the official statement that the Leoncino 800 Trail will be available from the second half of 2020. We expect the Indian launch to happen around the same time.