Benelli has launched the Leoncino 800 Trail for 2022, which includes a number of minor updates and improvements, the most significant of which are upgrades to the 800cc engine. As a result, the new model offers improved performance and functionality over previous models.
At EICMA 2021, Benelli unveiled new displacements for its Leoncino retro-style roadsters, including 125cc, 250cc, 500cc, and 800cc, with the biggest version being the brand's range-topping model. The Trail version of the Benelli Leoncino 800 comes with a side-exit twin exhaust system, a 19-inch front tire, a license plate mount, and a flat-track-inspired side plate.
The new bike is powered by Benelli's class-leading engine. At 8,500 rpm, the 754cc liquid-cooled four-stroke twin-cylinder engine develops 76.2 horsepower and 49 ft-lbs of torque. It has a throttle body with a double 43 mm diameter, dual overhead camshaft timing, and four valves per cylinder. It also has a slipper clutch and a 6-speed transmission.
The distinctive steel trellis frame of the Leoncino 800 has been upgraded and reinforced to better suit its new engine and performance, and is identical to the Standard models. Suspension has also been improved. It has a big inverted fork with 50mm struts and a 148mm travel (140mm in the Standard version). The rear monoshock travels up to 140mm, resulting in a seat height of 834mm off the ground.
The only difference between the Trail and Standard models is the knobby dual-purpose tires, which are 120/70 19" in front and 170/60 17" in back. The front brakes are dual 320 mm discs with radially mounted calipers, while the rear brakes are 260 mm discs with a double-piston caliper. The TFT screen and the headlight, which is positioned directly above the full-LED front light, add to the bike's premium appeal.
In Europe, the Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail is expected to retail for around P476,000, extremely great value considering the bike’s displacement and performance. Unfortunately, despite being available in the global market for some time now in the Standard version, the bike never made its way to the local market. Surely, if Benelli Philippines were to bring this bike in, it would be a game-changer in the middleweight retro-style market.