After a couple of weeks of teasing, Benelli quietly unveiled the Leoncino, a 500cc parallel twin scrambler. Named after a classic Benelli from the 1960’s the new Leoncino features retro-modern styling clearly aimed at the same target market as the Ducati Scrambler.
Chunky 50 mm USD forks hold on to a 19″ wire front wheel, with a 17″ rear wheel bolted onto a steel tubular swingers and chassis. ABS is standard and lighting is LED.
The company claims 48 hp and 45 Nm of torque from the all new six-speed motor. The body styling is mildly reminiscent of the Husqvarna 401 concept of 2014, but lighter looking and clearly designed for production tooling.
Unfortunately, Benelli left Canada a while ago now and as of last year had no plans to return, but with a new focus on small capacity machines and the subsequent new models, maybe now is the time for a distributor to pick up the phone and bring them back.
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