The third Benelli to make it to the BS6 range in India is the Leoncino 500, which has always been one of the most unique motorcycles in the modern classic segment.
Benelli India have launched the new BS6-compliant Leoncino 500 in India with a starting price of Rs 4.59lakh ex-showroom. The third bike to make it to the BS6 roster, after the Imperiale 400 and the TRK502. Like the other bikes, the Leoncino 500 also gets no mechanical or cosmetic changes aside of course from being emissions compliant. Bookings for the Leoncino 500 are open across Benelli dealerships as well as on the Benelli website, where customers can pre-book their motorcycle with a token advance of Rs 10,000. Deliveries are expected to begin in the weeks to follow.
In the flesh, the Leoncino 500 has always been an attractive motorcycle with a unique approach to the scrambler design philosophy. The short muscular design with retro flair and the Lion of Presaro perched on top of the front mudguard. The BS6 machine does get a new LED headlamp unit which adds a little to the premium value of this entry segment 500cc scrambler.
At the center of it the BS6 compliant DOHC, twin-cylinder four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 500cc engine, which produces a maximum power output of 47.5PS at 8500rpm and maximum torque of 46Nm at 6000rpm. The 8-valve motor is mated to a slick-shifting 6-speed gearbox all housed in a steel trellis frame.
Commenting on the launch of the BS6 Benelli Leoncino 500, Vikas Jhabakh, Managing Director, Benelli India, said, “The Leoncino 500 has been very special to us at Benelli as it combines tradition and passion with contemporary design, innovation and performance. The Leoncino 500 is a tribute to the original model, which is a legend of Italian motorcycling that largely contributed to the history of the brand.”
Source: INDIA TODAY