The Benelli Leoncino is a middleweight scrambler-styled motorcycle that’s available in the Indian market. The motorcycle was launched in India in 2019 and marks the second innings of the Italian brand with new partner Aadishwar Auto Ride, part of the Mahavir Group. The Benelli Leoncino scrambler is a 500 cc offering and the only of its kind in the segment priced at Rs. 4.79 lakh (ex-showroom India). The bike is offered in two colour options.
The Benelli Leoncino borrows its styling from the motorcycles of the 1970s and comes with a round headlamp that includes LED projector lens and daytime running lights. The front mudguard gets the Lion of Pesaro motif, which is a lion cub and denotes the name of the motorcycle. The Leoncino also comes with old several old school elements like the tear drop fuel tank with a capacity of 12.7 litres. The tail section sports an LED taillight while the minimal panels make for a clean look at the rear. The bike uses a pod-styled digital instrument cluster that packs all the necessary tell-tale lights. The Leoncino is offered in the road-biased version and get 17-inch alloy wheels with a ground clearance of 145 mm.
Power on the Benelli Leoncino comes from the 500 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor tuned for 47 bhp at 8500 rpm and 46 Nm of peak torque available at 6000 rpm. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The bike is suspended by 50 mm USD forks up front while a lateral hydraulic monoshock unit does duty at the rear. Braking power comes from a 320 mm front disc with four-piston calipers and a 260 mm disc at the rear with a single-piston floating caliper. Dual-channel ABS is standard on the motorcycle.
The Benelli Leoncino 500 is available in two colour options – red and steel grey. The bike does not have a direct rival but locks horns with the larger Triumph Bonneville Scrambler and the Ducati Scrambler. It does compete with the Kawasaki Z650 at a similar price point.