As promised by Benelli earlier this year, the 2018 Benelli Leoncino – “Leoncino” meaning lion cub in Italian – is now in Malaysia, and priced at RM29,678, including GST and excluding road tax, insurance and registration. Launched alongside the 2018 Keeway K-Light 202, Cafe Racer 152 and Patagonian Eagle 250, the Leoncino takes the power plant from the Benelli TRK 502 adventure bike and puts in a retro scrambler-styled chassis.

Carrying a two-cylinder, 500 cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled mill with four-valves per cylinder, the Leoncino has a claimed power output of 48 hp at 8,500 rpm and torque figure of 45 Nm at 5,000 rpm. Fed by EFI, the Benelli’s lion cub gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox with a cable actuated clutch.

Sharing much of its running gear with the TRK 502, the Leoncino has the same frame and swingarm as the TRK 502, along with the suspension. An upside-down fork props up the front end, while an adjustable monoshock suspends the rear. In the braking department, a pair of hydraulic four-piston callipers grab 320 mm discs, while a single 260 mm diameter disc does duties at the back.

ABS braking is standard for the Leoncino, as the bike is Euro 4 compliant, along with LED lighting and digital instrumentation in the cockpit. Rolling on 17-inch rubber, the seat height is set at an accommodating 810 mm, with the Leoncino weighing in at 196 kg and fuel carried in a 12.7-litre tank.

There are two colour options available for the 2018 Benelli Leoncino – Leoncino Red and Vulcan Black, with the bike set to make an appearance in Malaysian Benelli dealers by the end of 2017. A two-year or 20,000 km manufacturing is offered.