Benelli has launched the Leoncino 500 in India at Rs 4.79 lakh, ex-showroom. This looks like an introductory price and much like how Ducati does it, the launch happened online. Instagram and Facebook to be precise. Bookings are now open at Rs 10,000 on the company’s website. The dealers we spoke with confirmed that walk-in bookings will start in a couple of weeks. The Leoncino 500 is made in India.
The Benelli Leoncino 500 specifics?
This motorcycle is modeled on a scrambler profile and looks smashing. It is almost like a look-alike of the Ducati Scrambler, which by the way is priced a few more lakhs than the Leoncino. There are 51mm USD forks in the front while the headlight is more like a classic shape and gets LEDs. The handlebar is of the flat types. The meters are all-digital and provide a plethora of information. The seat is a flat-ribbed unit while the tank is a tear-drop shape. There are 17-inch alloy wheels. Needless to say, there are discs on both ends with dual channel ABS. Benelli offers a choice of Steel Grey and Leoncino Red colours.
The Leoncino 500 runs the same parallel twin motor from the TRK502. This engine produces 47.6PS of power and 45Nm. A 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch is paired to this engine. Benelli offers a five year/unlimited kilometre warranty with this motorcycle.
Currently, the Leoncino is the most affordable scrambler in the country. One can also argue that the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is more reasonably priced. In fact, the ex-showroom of two Interceptors is almost that of the Benelli. Both also boast the same power and torque numbers, with the Interceptor being the more traditional one when it comes to design. Benelli has upped its service game though the longevity of its products or their reliability is yet to ascertained in the long run.