Benelli India has launched the 2021 Benelli Leoncino 500, updated to meet the Bharat Stage VI (BS6) emission regulations. The Leoncino 500 is available in two colours, Steel Grey and Leoncino Red, and has been priced at ₹ 4,59,900 (Ex-showroom) for the Steel Grey colour, and ₹ 4,69,900 (Ex-showroom) for the Leoncino Red colour option. The Leoncino 500's price has been decreased from the 2019 model of the Leoncino 500, which was priced at ₹ 4,79,000 (Ex-showroom). Benelli is planning to launch a range of BS6 Benelli motorcycles in India in 2021, along with Indian partner, Adishwar Auto Ride India - Mahavir Group.
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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."
He further added, "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."
The Benelli Leoncino gets a DOHC, twin-cylinder four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 500 cc engine, which produces a maximum power output of 47 bhp at 8,500 rpm and maximum torque of 46 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The 8-valve motor is mated to a slick-shifting 6-speed gearbox, and the engine is mounted on a steel trellis frame, which is said to offer stability and easy manoeuvrability.
The street version of the Leoncino 500 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres, which include a 120/70-ZR17 section tyre at the front, 160/60-ZR17 section tyre at the rear. Internationally, a "trail" version of the Leoncino 500 is also offered on sale, with slightly more off-road ability, although not an out and out off-road scrambler. The front suspension features an upside-down 50mm fork, while the rear is controlled by a laterally mounted, rebound and pre-load adjustable shock absorber. Brakes include radially-mounted 4-piston callipers gripping 320mm discs upfront. The rear is taken care of by a single-piston floating calliper with a 260mm disc, with dual-channel Switchable ABS.