The Benelli brand is relatively new in the country, but the people behind it have been very active in the local racing scene for quite some time now. Benelli Philippines has been introduced by champion racer Des Buncio and her family, and they’re looking to make a mark with their motorcycle offerings. Benelli has recently launched their Leoncino 250, its global contender for the small-displacement motorcycle segment.
Recently launched in China, the Benelli Leoncino 250 is powered by a 250 cc single-cylinder engine that churns out 27 horsepower and 20 Nm of peak torque. Its engine sits on a tubular trellis frame with a 41 mm inverted fork up front and a rear mono-shock for the rear. Tipping in the scales at only 155 kg dry, it is lightweight, flickable, highly responsive, and handles easily at both low and high speeds. Stopping duties are provided for by disc brakes for the front and rear with standard ABS to give you a much safer ride.
The Benelli Leoncino 250 now comes, with some new funky color schemes giving it a modern touch and contrast to its neo-retro styling. Its color options are red, gray, white, brown, and silver with pink wheels. It now also comes with some newly designed full-LED headlights and taillights, as well as a new fully digital instrument cluster giving the rider all the information he needs including fuel, speed, and rev counter.
After being initially launched in China, the Leoncino 250 has been priced 19,990 Chinese yuan or roughly around P140,000. Currently, Benelli Philippines only offers the Leoncino 500, however, we couldn’t see why its smaller version wouldn’t make a good proposition as a handsome daily commute, especially with that very attractive price. It shouldn’t be long before the new Leoncino 250 is introduced into the Philippine market.