In compliance with the Bharat Stage VI (BS6) emission regulations, Benelli India has launched the updated Benelli Leoncino 500. This 2021 model is on par with the directives of BS6 emissions unlike the previous model of Benelli which had the BS4 engine.
Compared to 2019, the price of Benelli Leoncino has been decreased by almost Rs 20,000. The updated Leoncino model is available in two variants, Steel grey and Leoncino Red where the former coloured model has a price of Rs 4,59,900 and the latter one bears a price of Rs 4,69,900. While the 2019 model was priced at Rs 4,79,000, there is a reduction of Rs 20,000 in the price range.
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 also 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.”
There has been no compromise in the power and torque numbers during the transition of the Leoncino 500 to a BS6 engine. The 2021 Benelli Leoncino 500 is equipped with a DOHC, twin-cylinder four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 500 cc engine. This engine thus helps in delivering 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 complimented to a 6-speed gearbox. For the purpose of stability and easy manoeuvrability, the engine is mounted on a steel trellis frame.
The Leoncino model is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels having tubeless tyres. These tubeless tyres include a 120/70-ZR17 section tyre at the front, 160/60-ZR17 section tyre at the rear. The suspension system has an upside-down 50mm fork at the front while the rear part possesses a laterally mounted, rebound and preload adjustable shock absorber. The brakes at the front section form a radially-mounted 4-piston calliper gripping 320mm discs while those at the rear comprising of a single-piston floating calliper with a 260mm disc, with dual-channel Switchable ABS.
Benelli has plans of launching a number of BS6 Benelli bikes in India in 2021 along with partner Adishwar Auto Ride India (Mahavir Group).
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