Italian two-wheeler maker, Benelli is gearing up for the launch of the retro-styled Imperiale 400 motorcycle in the country. This motorcycle will challenge the likes of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Jawas. A new interesting media report suggests that Benelli India could launch the Leoncino 250 on October 5, 2019. The report was based on dealer sources and the brand is yet to make an official announcement.
It will be the brand’s second scrambler, first being the Leoncino 500 priced at Rs 4.79 lakh (ex-showroom). The Leonico 250 design is similar to that of the bigger sibling with Lion cub motif on the front fender. The platform is completely different from the 500cc scrambler. It features new steel-trellis chassis, swingarm and suspension along with the new all-digital instrument cluster.
The Benelli Leoncino 250 comes equipped with a petal-shaped, single-disc at the front with axially mounted calipers. Dual-channel ABS system will come as standard. It rides on 17-inch wheels shod with 110/70 section and 150/60 section tyres at the front and rear respectively. Features like oval-shaped LED headlight setup, curvy fuel tank and exposed engine setup gives it a neo-retro naked styling. The stubby tail-section, angular exhaust downpipe and LED tail-light completes the overall design.
It is powered by a 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine based on the Benelli TNT25’s powertrain. The TNT25 was discontinued from our market in 2018. Paired to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine produces 25.8bhp of power and 21.2Nm of torque. The Benelli Leoncino 250 will be the only scrambler-style motorcycle in its category. It is expected to be priced aggressively and could be the most affordable Benelli in India.