Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli has launched the Leoncino 250 in the Indian market at ₹2.5 lakh ex-showroom (India). The Benelli Leoncino 250 is an entry-level offering in Benelli’s lineup and it is also the most affordable motorcycle from the stable of Benelli. Previously, the Benelli TNT25 was the entry-level offering, but it was discontinued in 2018.
The Benelli Leoncino 250 is a scrambler motorcycle and sports a similar styling as its elder sibling, the Leoncino 500, which was recently launched. But there are some changes done to the Leoncino 250, to distinguish it from the Leoncino 500. It gets a different steel trellis frame, swingarm and suspension.
The Benelli Leoncino 250 also gets a new digital instrument cluster and an oval shape headlamp with LED DRL as opposed to the round headlamp of the Leoncino 500. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm USD forks at the front and monoshock suspension at the rear. The Leoncino 250 is equipped with disc brakes at both ends with dual-channel ABS.
The Benelli Leoncino 250 draws power from a 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 25bhp and 21Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The Benelli Leoncino 250 becomes the first 250cc scrambler to go on sale in India.
The Benelli Leoncino 250 has no rivals in the country, considering the segment. But with the price tag of ₹2.5 lakh, the motorcycle takes on the likes of KTM 390 Duke and Royal Enfield Interceptor. Both the motorcycles are powerful than the Leoncino 250. The Benelli Leoncino 250 can be booked by making a payment of ₹6,000 and the deliveries should begin in November.