Benelli Leoncino Scrambler has a mixture of retro and modern design; gets power from 499.6 cc twin-cylinder engine making 48 PS and 45 Nm
DSK Benelli is preparing to introduce two highly promising motorcycles for the domestic market. The Italian manufacturer seems to be launching the TRK 502 only next year but for the enthusiasts itching to get go on a new Benelli, there is an all-new Leoncino Scrambler appears to be coming to greet the showrooms by February 2018.
The 2018 version was launched in Malaysia at price of RM 29,678 (Rs. 4.57 lakh) only last month and now it has been spotted testing again in India with camouflage. Benelli debuted the Leoncino Scrambler two years back at the 2015 EICMA show. It comes packing a blend of retro-modern styling with advanced features onboard.
DSK Benelli Leoncino spotted testing in India. 499.6cc twin-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 47.6PS at 8500rpm, 45Nm torque at 5000rpm, 6-speed, hydraulic clutch, ABS, LED lighting. #dsk #benelli #leoncino
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The middleweight Scrambler is advertised to have a relaxed riding dynamics and features some interesting styling bits. It gets a thin front fender with 3D lion mascot, round-shaped projector headlight with glossy black housing, cantilevered tailpiece unit, blackened chassis, LED turn indicators, dual exhaust pipes merging into a single outlet, twin petal discs and so on.
With chrome spoke wheels and off-road tyres, the vintage styling of the Leoncino is further catapulted by the minimalistic body panels. Paying tribute to the original Leoncino, the new motorcycle is built on a steel trellis frame and comes equipped with upside down front forks and monoshock rear suspension setup.
The Leoncino measures 2,100 mm long, 800 mm wide and stands 1,160 mm tall along with 815 mm seat height. The retro scrambler tips the weighing scale at 170 kilos and has a fuel tank with 15 litres capacity. With ABS obviously as standard fitment, it runs ABS on 110/80-19 front and 150/70-17 rear tyres.
The upcoming Benelli Leoncino Scrambler derives power from a 499.6 cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled four-stroke engine which is good enough to pump out a maximum power output of 48 PS 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of peak torque delivered as low as 4,500 rpm.
Expected to be priced at around Rs 4.5-5 lakh (ex-showroom), its launch will be followed by the TRK 502 in early 2018. As only the road-focussed Leoncino is expected to be up for grabs, it could become the least expensive scrambler in India.
With the premium motorcycle market leaning towards more adventure models, the TRK 502 will be a worthy addition and despite making India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo, it is reported to be still getting ready with proper safety features as off-road tyres and ABS should be part of the standard package.
In terms of looks, this bike is an absolute stunner and made quite a stir when it debut in Milan. While the looks will justify the price tag, it is yet to be seen how the performance will pan out. While Benelli appears to have shelved the arrival of the TNT135 due to its unfavourable price range, the faired 302R has been well-received among customers since its entry a few months ago. Benelli unveiled four different products at the last Auto Expo – Tornado 300, TRK 502, BX 250 and Naked T-135. We would really like to see the BX 250 introduce in India as well.