DSK Benelli will launch the Leoncino, its neo-retro naked motorcycle, in India by February 2018. The Leoncino, earlier slated for a 2017 launch, is currently undergoing endurance testing for ARAI certification, which will be completed by January 2018.
The Leoncino in road-biased guise was recently spied on test in the country and this is the only version which will go on sale in India. To be brought in as a CKD unit, the Leoncino will be locally assembled and will be priced lower than the Harley-Davidson Street 750, which carries a price tag of Rs 5.14 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Official sources from DSK Benelli have confirmed that the off-road worthy variant of the Leoncino is not being considered for India at present, and its arrival will solely depend on demand.
The Leoncino is powered by a 499.6cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected, parallel-twin that produces 49.6hp at 8,500rpm and 45Nm at 5,000rpm. This engine is paired to a 6-speed transmission and features a wet clutch. Typical of Benellis, the Leoncino sports top-notch cycle parts. The engine is housed within a tubular steel-trellis frame and the bike sits on 17-inch wheels at either end. Pirelli Angel ST tyres will be standard (120/70 R17 up-front, 160/60 R17 at the rear). The fork is a 50mm USD unit while the rear gets a monoshock with 112mm of wheel travel. ABS is standard and it gets a 320 mm twin-disc setup with 4-piston calipers at the front, with a 260mm disc (with a single-piston caliper) at the rear.
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