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2017 EICMA: Benelli’s Leoncino Tribe Returns, This Time With Three Bikes

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  • Nov 8, 2017
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A smaller Leoncino is in the works, and Benelli confirms that all three bikes are India-bound

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Leoncino range
Benelli first showcased the Leoncino Scrambler-inspired bike in at the 2015 EICMA. A different iteration of the bike was showcased next year at the 2016 EICMA. Come 2017 and the Leoncino is making its presence felt at EICMA with two new models and a touring variant.

Leoncino 500 Sport:
Benelli Leoncino Sports 500
The Leoncino Sport 500 is a cafe racer based on the Leoncino. The bike still harbours the old school charm with the round headlamp but has a sporty appeal thanks to low clip-ons, headlamp cowl, rear seat cowl and yellow accents. The bike also gets a small pannier mounted above the exhaust.
Powering the bike is a 500cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine that churns out 48.6PS of power at 8500rpm and peak torque of 46Nm at 6000rpm. It employs a 6-speed gearbox.
Benelli Leoncino Sports 500
Like the rest of the range, it has a full-digital instrument cluster and an LED headlight unit.
Putting it all down are 17-inch spoke wheels with street tyres. The suspension has fully adjustable 50mm USD front forks and a rear monoshock that travels up to 51mm. To bring the bike to a standstill the bike uses 320mm double discs with 4-piston radial calipers at the front and a 260mm disc with a single-piston caliper at the rear. ABS is standard on the bike. The price hasn't been announced yet and the bike won't be available until late 2018.

Leoncino 250:
Benelli Leoncino 250 image 1
The Leoncino 250 is the toddler of the family. The 250cc motorcycle is the smallest one so far in the range and, as per Benelli, is the 'highest expression of tradition with innovation'.
The heart is a single-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine like the rest of the range; however, the engine displaces 250cc and has a double overhead camshaft with 4 valves per cylinder. It comes with electronic injection and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It can churn out 25.1PS of peak power at 9250rpm and 21.2Nm of peak torque at 8000rpm.
Benelli Leoncino 250
The instrument panel is completely digital and both the headlamp and taillight are LEDs.
Let's not forget about the trademark Lion that sits at the top of the mudguard on the range. For suspension duties, it carries 41mm USD forks at the front while the rear has a central monoshock with 51mm of travel. For braking, the bike has a 280mm floating disc at the front and 240mm disc at the back along with ABS. The bike has 17-inch aluminium alloys on both ends.

Leoncino 2018:
2018Benelli
A stock version of the Leoncino 2018 was on display too, with added accessories like a decently sized pannier, windscreen, engine guard and luggage rack. The 2018 model is a streetbike that comes with a twin-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled 500cc engine that gives out 48PS of max power at 8500rpm and a maximum torque of 46Nm at 6000rpm. It further comes with a hydraulic clutch and a 6-speed gearbox. It uses 45mm USD forks and 320mm discs at the front and laterally mounted monoshock absorber with a 260mm disc at the rear.
The 2018 Leoncino comes loaded with digital instrumentation and LED projectors.
The bike will be available in 4 colours: red, silver, brown and black.
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As per Benelli's announcement at EICMA, all the bikes will make their way to India but it might take a bit so hold your heart steady until then.