The Leoncino 250 takes its entire styling inspiration from the Leoncino 500 Scrambler and is powered by a 249cc, single-cylinder engine
Benelli launched the Leoncino 500 scrambler last month and now they have plans to introduce the Leoncino 250 as well next month in the country. If everything goes according to plan, Benelli will likely introduce the quarter-litre Scrambler on 21st October in India. Earlier speculation suggested that Benelli would launch Imperiale 400 instead. The upcoming Scrambler will be positioned below the TNT300 and it will likely be their most affordable offering for the Indian market.
The Benelli Leoncino 250 made its world debut at the EICMA 2017 alongside the TRK 251 adventure tourer. The Leoncino 250 looks almost identical to its elder sibling the Leoncino 500. The motorcycle features an oval-shaped headlamp with LED DRL’s that adds a retro look to the motorcycle.
The single-piece seat, compact wheelbase, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank that can hold up to 17 Litre fuel and an upswept exhaust adds to the Scrambler appearance. The Leoncino 250 also features a Pesaro Lion motif on the front mudguard as well just like its elder sibling the Leoncino 500.
The Leoncino 250 is powered by a 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine. The unit paired with a 6-speed transmission is capable of belting out 25.8PS of peak power at 9250rpm and 21.2Nm of peak torque at 8000rpm. The suspension duties of the motorcycle are handled by a 41mm upside-down telescopic fork towards the front and preload-adjustable monoshock absorbers with 51mm travel towards the rear.
The Leoncino 250 depends on a single 280mm disc brake towards the front and 240mm disc brake at the rear. A dual-channel ABS is also offered as standard for the safety of the rider. The Leoncino 250 is available in three colour options-Pearl Brown, Italian Red, and Titanium Grey.
If Benelli decides to launch the motorcycle in India it will rival directly against the likes of the Bajaj Dominar 400 and the Royal Enfield Classic 350. It is too early to depict the price of this upcoming motorcycle but expect the Leoncino 250 to likely be priced in between Rs. 1.80- Rs. 2.25 Lakh (ex-showroom).