Benelli has launched the Leoncino 500 in the Indian market today. This is the BS6 compliant version of the Leoncino and it gets a price tag of Rs 4.6 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The bike is also available in a new Leoncino Red colour theme that costs an extra Rs 10,000. This is the third BS6 compliant model launched by Benelli in the Indian market. Earlier, they launched the BS6 versions of the new Imperiale 400 and TRK 502.
When it comes to style, the Benelli Leoncino 500 is no different from the BS4 variant. It carries the same neo-retro design that adds a unique identity to the bike. It also gets the tiny ‘Lion of Pesaro’ ornament positioned on the front mudguard. The new Benelli is about Rs 20,000 cheaper than the BS4 version. However, it is an introductory price that will be raised in the coming months. Benelli has not talked about the introductory prices though.
There are no changes to the bike. The only change is the engine. Even with the BS6 update, the power and torque output remains the same. The Leoncino 500 is powered by a 500cc, parallel-twin cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 48 PS of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 46 Nm at 6,000 rpm. It gets a six-speed transmission.
The bike remains untouched when it comes to styling though. There is a round-shaped headlamp with a curvy fuel tank. The seat merges into a sleek tail section. The bike gets a pulled back handlebar and neutral positioned footpegs. The feature list includes full LED setup. It gets all-LED headlamp, tail lamp and the turn indicators. The instrument cluster is fully-digital too.
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. We are happy to bring back the Leoncino 500 in its BS6 avatar. I am also glad to share that there has been no drop in power and torque figures of the Leoncino 500, in its transition to BS6 compliance. Hence, I am confident that it will continue to deliver the same excitement and rush that was delivered by the BS4 offering on sale earlier.”
It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels. Both the wheels get disc brake set-up. The front gets 320mm disc brake and the rear gets 260mm disc brake. The bike comes with 50mm inverted telescopic forks with a rebound and pre-load adjust.
Benelli has started accepting the bookings for the new Leoncino 500. The booking amount is Rs 10,000 and the deliveries are expected to start soon. Benelli offers an unlimited three-year warranty on the bike.