Benelli has finally launched the 2021 Leoncino 500 in India. The updated motorcycle remains exactly the same as the outgoing variant. However, it is now available with a BS6 compliant engine and is affordable by Rs.20,000. Also, the company has priced the all-new scrambler motorcycle at Rs.4.59 Lakh (ex-showroom) onwards.
HIGHLIGHTS: 2021 Benelli Leoncino 500
- Benelli has finally launched the 2021 Leoncino 500 in India.
- It is available with a BS6 compliant 500cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled petrol engine.
- Bookings for the all-new Leoncino 500 can be done against a token amount of Rs.10,000.
In terms of styling, Benelli Leoncino 500 remains untouched. The updated scrambler bike still comes with an all-LED lighting setup and a fully digital instrument cluster. Apart from this, it comes with a 12.7-litre fuel tank, wide handlebar and ergonomically placed footrest.
At the heart, the updated Leoncino 500 gets a BS6 compliant 500cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled petrol motor. It is capable of producing a massive 46.8BHP of power @ 8,500 RPM alongside a peak torque of 46Nm @ 6,000 RPM. Further, this engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. Interestingly, even after the updates as per the emission norms, the performance figures remain the same.
Suspension and Brakes
Suspension duties on the BS6 Benelli Leoncino 500 works under 50mm inverted forks at the front. Meanwhile, at the rear, the scrambler bike comes equipped with an adjustable monoshock unit. Also, to stop this powerful bike, Benelli offers dual 320mm discs at the front and a 260mm disc at the rear.
Benelli has already launched the Imperiale 400 and TRK 502 in India and the company is ready to expand its portfolio further. Currently, the company has started accepting bookings for the Leoncino 500 against a token amount of Rs.10,000. Meanwhile, the pricing for the all-new bike is introductory and is expected to get a hike soon.
With such a hefty price tag, Benelli Leoncino 500 will continue to rival the Kawasaki Z650, Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and CFMoto 650NK. However, before arriving to any conclusion do give a look at the rivals as well.
- Kawasaki Z650 – The all-new BS6 Kawasaki Z650 comes with a price tag of somewhere around Rs.6.04 Lakh (ex-showroom). It is now expensive by Rs.10,000 when compared to the BS4 counterpart. However, to justify the price hike, Kawasaki Z650 now comes with a 4.3-inch color TFT display. Also, the engine that now powers the updated Z650 is a 649cc, twin-cylinder petrol unit. It produces a massive 68PS of power @ 8000 RPM and 64Nm of torque @ 6700 RPM.
- Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is powered by a 648cc parallel-twin oil-cooled engine. This engine is now compliant with the BS6 emission norms. However, when compared to the Z650 it more affordable and comes priced between Rs.2.67 Lakh to Rs.2.88 Lakh (ex-showroom). The all-new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is one of the most value-for-money deals in this entire segment.
- CFMoto 650NK – CFMoto 650NK is not available in India right now because of the strict emission norms. However, the Chinese bike manufacturer is expected to launch the updated bike soon. The BS4 variant if the 650NK was available with a price tag of Rs.3.99 Lakh (ex-showroom).