Benelli India has taken the wraps off its cheapest 500cc motorcycle in India. Priced at INR 4.79 lakhs, the retro-styled motorcycle is now available for booking at INR 10,000.
After much teasing, Benelli has finally launched the much-awaited Leoncino 500cc in India. The scrambler-styled bike shares the same powertrain as that from the TRK 502. Taking inspiration from the motorcycles of the 1950s, the Leoncino 500 has modern parts, but the styling of the retro period. Available in two color options – Leoncino Red and Steel Gray, the launch price is ex-showroom, India and bookings for the motorcycle are underway both online and at the dealerships.
The Leoncino 500 at the time of its launch is one of the most affordable scrambler-styled motorcycle. The bike gets projector lens, round LED headlamp, tear-drop fuel tank, Trellis frame underneath, pod-styled digital instrument cluster and LED taillights with a minimal look at the rear. The bike being sold in India gets 17-inch alloy wheels with 145mm of ground clearance.
Powering the retro-styled motorcycle is a 499.6cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor that makes 47hp and 46Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The suspension at the front is managed by 50mm inverted forks, whereas the rear gets a lateral hydraulic monoshock unit. In terms of brakes, the bike gets a 320mm front disc with four-piston calipers and a 260mm disc at the rear with a single-piston floating caliper. As a part of the standard kit, Benelli is offering a dual-channel ABS.
As far as the warranty is concerned, the Leoncino 500 comes with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty as standard. It does not have a direct rival in India as of this point, but it is a cheaper option as compared to the likes of the Ducati Scrambler and the Triumph Street Scrambler.
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