Benelli’s third launch in India is the Leoncino 250, a smaller version of the recently launched Leoncino 500. Here are a couple of things to expect from it.
Benelli Leoncino is a retro-modern scrambler type motorcycle from the Italian. The literal meaning of Leoncino is Lion’s Cub and with its compact dimensions, it is actually a tiny monster.
Last month, Benelli launched the Leoncino 500 in India, at a price of Rs 4.79 Lakhs (ex-showroom). There are actually no 500cc Scramblers in India, neither are there many 500cc motorcycles. So, as said, the Leoncino is one of its kind motorcycle in this price.
Now, Benelli is launching the Leoncino 250, which is the smaller version of the 500. It will be Benelli’s third launch in India, after its tie-up with Hyderabad based Aadishwar Auto Ride India (AARI).
Seeing the price of Leoncino 500, we expect the Benelli Leoncino 250 to be priced around Rs 2 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Pricing it maximum to Rs 2.5 Lakhs, still seems like a deal. Higher than that, then it becomes a really expensive motorcycle.
If it is priced in around Rs 2-2.5 Lakhs range, the Leoncino will find many rivals. You have the Royal Enfield 650 Twins, Bajaj Dominar 400, Jawa Motorcycles, KTM Duke 390 and Honda CB300R. However, it will be the most affordable Scrambler-type bike in India.
3. Engine Specifications
The Benelli Leoncino 250 packs in a 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. It uses the same engine that came on the TNT25 naked streetfighter. The motor produces 25.8 BHP and 21.2 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Being a retro-modern motorcycle, you have a mixture of both. There’s the old-school headlamp but with LED lighting. Other features include an all-digital speedometer, a single-seat, dual-channel ABS and a raised handlebar.
5. Suspension and Braking
Braking will be handled by flower-type disc brakes at both the end with dual-channel ABS as standard. For suspension, it will come with USD forks at the front and a mono-shock at the back.