The Leoncino will become the second new model, after the TrK 502, to be sold since change of management last year. The neo-retro offering will sport the same engine as the TrK 502
A teaser released by Benelli India tells us that the company is all set to bring in the Leoncino to India on 5th August. The Leoncino has been on the cards for India for the past few years. In fact, even under the management of DSK, the neo-retro offering was expected to be launched in India. But it seems that Mahavir Group is continuing from where DSK left off.
Coming to the motorcycle itself, the Leoncino is based on the same motor as the TrK 502 and 502X. The 499.6cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor pushes out 47 horses and 46Nm. The Leoncino will also be paired with a 6-speed transmission. Up front, the Leoncino sits on upside down forks with 125mm of travel. Stopping power comes from two 320mm discs at the front and a 260mm one at the back, both of which will be assisted by ABS. In the global market, the Leoncino is on sale in two variants – standard with 17-inch wheels and a scrambler with larger 19-inch wheels. The motorcycle tips the scale at 186kg.
Expect the Leoncino to be priced less that the TrK range, starting at around Rs 4.9-5 lakh (ex-showroom). This will be the second new model to be introduced since Mahavir Group took over the business. The motorcycle doesn’t quite have a direct competitor at that price or at a similar displacement. That being said, Ducati offers the Scrambler Icon and Triumph has the Street Scrambler on offer in India.