The Leoncino 500 becomes Benelli's third BS6 product for India. Surprisingly, it's priced about ₹20,000 less than its predecessor.
Just a few days after launching the BS6 version of the TrK 502 ADV, Benelli has launched the BS6 Leoncino 500 today, which is priced at ₹4.60 lakh for the Steel Grey colour option. At this price point, Benelli claims the Leoncino 500 has become the most affordable parallel-twin street scrambler in the country. Speaking of affordability, the BS6 version is also priced about ₹20,000 less than its BS4 iteration (launch price comparison). This time though, the Leoncino red colour option will attract an extra ₹10,000, as it is priced at ₹4.70 lakh (all price figures are ex-showroom).
Apart from the shift to BS6, there are no other changes to the motorcycle, both visually and mechanically. It's still powered by a 500cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor, which develops an unchanged 46.8bhp @ at 8,500rpm and 46Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm. The engine comes paired with a six-speed gearbox. A 50mm inverted fork and a laterally-mounted hydraulic monoshock (rebound & pre-load adjustable) manage the front and rear suspension duties, respectively, while dual 320mm discs at the front and a single 260mm rotor at the back complete the brake setup. Switchable, dual-channel ABS comes as standard as well.
An important update worth mentioning here is that Benelli is now offering a three-year/unlimited-kilometre standard warranty on the BS6 Leoncino 500, whereas for the BS4 model, it was a five-year period. Bookings for the BS6 model are open at ₹10,000 and can be made either online or at any Benelli authorised dealership.