Benelli Leoncino 500 cafe racer motorcycle confirmed for India

Italian Motorcycle manufacturer Benelli recently shifted partners for India, switching from DSK Motowheels to the Mahavira Group. Now, just days ahead of the duo outlining their plans for the Indian market, ZigWheels has reported that the new partnership will first arrive with the 302S followed by the Leoncino 500, TRK 502 and Imperiale 400.

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Unfortunately for Indian fans of the Italian marque, Benelli will re-enter the Indian market with only three motorcycles in November – the TNT 300, 302R and TNT 600i. A price revision is also expected to happen at the relaunch of these three motorcycles. The TNT 25 and TNT 600GT will no longer remain in production. The TNT 25 will be replaced by a 250-cc motorcycle that is currently under development, while the TNT 600GT will be replaced by the TRK 502, adventure tourer.

However, before the 302S, TRK 502,and the Leoncino arrive in India, the Benelli-Mahavira group will continue to sell most of the current Benelli line-up in India from 19 of the 28 dealerships that were present under the DSK partnership. Production is expected to begin in October at Hyderabad with the first bikes being shipped out a month later.

The 302S which was first seen at EICMA 2017, and will replace the TNT 300, will arrive later this year while Leoncino is apparently in the final stages of getting homologated for India and will arrive in India in early 2019. The Leoncino will be launched in India first in its road guise, with the more off-road focused Trail version expected to make it to the subcontinent immediately after. The TRK 502 and TRK 502X will follow the Leoncino into India in early 2019. The Leoncino Sport will arrive at the end of 2019. The Imperiale 400 is also expected to arrive sometime in 2019. Benelli is also considering bringing the 402 and 752 to India.

The Leoncino is powered by a liquid-cooled, in-line, 499.6-cc, parallel twin-cylinder engine that churns out 46 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of torque at 5,000rpm. Drive is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox. The Benelli Imperiale 400 draws power from a 373.5-cc  single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine producing 19bhp and 28Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.