Benelli Leoncino India Launch @ Auto Expo 2018
Benelli Leoncino India Launch @ Auto Expo 2018: A recent report in Indian automotive industry confirms that 2018 Benelli Leoncino 500 will launch in India @ Auto Expo 2018. This comes as a good news for Indian fans as the motorcycle is on sale in Malaysia and will come straight to India through CKD or local production route. The Indian variant will be road focused with alloy wheels and standard tyres.
In this case, Benelli can play safe and launch the same in India for a lower price tag than motorcycles like Triumph Bonneville and Harley Davidson Street 750. Most manufacturers either make bikes around 300 cc and then jump straight to 650-750 cc but Benelli could break stereotypes with a 500 cc twin cylinder motorcycle.
They currently retail both the above given segment and that too with two products on each of the end. The center segment will host two products in the form of 2018 Benelli Leoncino and TRK 502 and take the total available premium bike lineup to a next level. No news for TRK 502’s is available at present.
As Leoncino 500 and TRK 502 will share the engine, local production would be the best way to beat taxes and get numbers out of this middle segment. The production version of Leoncino 500 is seen mostly in two shades. It further looks exclusive with one of its kind, perfectly carved metal lion on the front fender.
2018 Benelli Leoncino is powered by a 499.6 cc, twin cylinder engine producing 47 BHP at 8500 rpm and 45 Nm at 4500 Nm. This makes it much more powerful than any other 500 cc model on offer in India. They offer 185 mm of impressive ground clearance while Leoncino will weigh right under 200 kg for maximum performance.
Benelli’s exclusive 50 mm thick USD forks are used as front suspension while rear gets a monoshock with 145 mm of overall travel. Benelli will share most parts among TNT 300, TNT 600 and Leoncino to keep overall costs lower than any other motorcycle around this segment.