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The Benelli Leoncino has been spotted testing in India ahead of its debut in February next year. The camouflaged neo-retro naked motorcycle was spotted on Indian roads by Scoopmeister as Benelli gets it ready for India.
While the test mule of the Leoncino features a camouflage paint job, all the distinct styling details of the neo-retro naked motorcycle can still be made out including the tiny lion on the front fender, the round headlight, the scrambler style seat, the slim tail light and the fat exhaust which features twin tips sticking out.
Benelli will bring the road-going version Leoncino to India. Powering the Leoncino is a liquid cooled engine, fuel injected, 499.6cc parallel-twin engine. The twin-cylinder engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and produces 47bhp and 45Nm of torque.
The Leoncino, which was confirmed for production at EICMA 2016 features a steel trellis frame, 50mm upside down forks up front and a monoshock with 112mm of travel at the rear.
Braking duties are handled by a 320 mm twin-discs with four-piston callipers up front and a single 260mm disc at the rear.Benelli offers the Leoncini with ABS as standard.
The 17-inch alloy wheels of the Leoncino are paired with Pirelli Angel ST tyres — 120/70 R17 up-front and 160/60 R17 at the rear.
The Benelli Leoncino weighs in at 207kg (kerb) and has a 13.5-litre fuel tank. The Benelli Leoncino has a 785mm seat height and the seat sits 140mm above the ground.
The Benelli Leoncino will make its way into as a CKD (Completely Knocked down) and will be assembled in the country to keep the price in check. Expect the Benelli Leoncino to be priced at around 4.5 lakh ex-showroom.
The new Benelli Leoncino is just a few months away from its Indian. However, Benelli is still fine-tuning the bike for our roads and if the Leoncino does live up to the hype, then Benelli could have another winner on its hands in India.