Benelli Leoncino 800 production model revealed at EICMA

Lamb-Stephen
By Steve Lamb

Production Manager - Still considers himself a novice rider, despite passing his test over twenty years ago. Steve has only ever owned four bikes - a '95 Suzuki GSX600F (which he dropped in the first minute of ownership), an '04 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and currently a '16 Ducati Scrambler Classic, as well as (very slowly) building a '94 Yamaha SR125 'brat tracker'.

Benelli Leoncino 800 production model revealed at EICMA

 

Its been a long time coming, but Benelli's larger engined scrambler, the Leoncino 800 finally made its production debut this week in Milan.

We've known that a larger bike was scheduled to join its 500cc and Asia marketed 250cc stablemates since a concept was shown at last year's EICMA show, and recently leaked production shots confirmed that the launch was imminent.

 

 

How much power does the 2020 Benelli Leoncino 800 make?

Powered by a 754cc parallel twin engine, the bike develops peak power of 80bhp (60kW) at 9000rpm and peak torque of 50ft-lb (67Nm) at 6500, putting it some 5bhp ahead of its main rival, the Ducati Scrambler Icon, in the power stakes. With an all up wet weight of 220Kg though in comparison to Ducati's 186Kg, it will be interesting to see how this additional power translates to the riding experience.

While the Leoncino continues the popular retro look with semi-knobbly tyres (Pirelli MT60RS as developed for the Ducati Scrambler), spoked wheels (17" front and rear) and minimal bodywork, the rest of the bike is bang on trend with 50mm USD Marzocchi adjustable forks, Brembo brakes all round, LED Lights and a TFT dashboard.

 

 

How good is the Benelli Leoncino off-road?

While we all know that the majority of scramblers spend the majority of their time on road, Benelli have catered for those looking for some green lane or off road action with the Leoncino 800 Trail.

Based on the Leoncino 800, the Trail comes with 10mm more suspension travel front and rear giving more ground clearance and raising the seat height from 800mm to 818mm. In addition to the raised suspension, a 19" front wheel, combined with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres, a high-level dual-exit exhaust and matt green paintwork all add to the off-road styling.

 

 

When are the Leoncino 800 and Leoncino 800 Trail available?

Both bikes will be in dealers around June 2020 with prices to be confirmed. With the recent release of Ducati's Scrambler Icon Dark at £7595 this has surely got to be the target price for the Leoncino, but if they can offer the same value for money that the 500 gives, then we wouldn't surprised to see final pricing around the £6750 mark. At this price point, on paper at least, the Leoncino makes an exciting prospect. Look out for a full review of this bike next year.

 

Benelli Leoncino 800 production model revealed at EICMA

 

2020 Benelli Leoncino 800 (Trail) Specifications

New price

TBA

Capacity

754cc

Bore x Stroke

88x62mm

Engine layout

Parallel twin

Engine details

4-stroke, liquid cooled, 4 valves per cylinder, dohc

Power

80bhp (60kW) @ 9,000rpm

Torque

50lb-ft (67Nm) @ 6500rpm

Top speed

Est 135mph

Transmission

6 speed, chain drive

Average fuel consumption

TBA

Tank size

15 litres

Reserve capacity

3 litres

Rider aids

ABS, TFT Screen

Frame

Steel Trellis

Front suspension

50mm USD hydraulic forks

Front suspension adjustment

Compression, rebound and pre-load

Rear suspension

Single Hydraulic Shock

Rear suspension adjustment

Preload and rebound

Front brake

2 x 320mm dics, mono block Brembo 4 pot calipers

Rear brake

1 x 260mm disc, twin pot caliper

Front tyre

120/70 ZR17 Pirelli MT60RS (120/70 R 19 Pirelli Scorpion Rally)

Rear tyre

180/55 ZR17 Pirellu MT60RS (170/60 R17 Pirelli Scorpion Rally)

Dimensions

2140mm x 880mm 1170mm (LxWxH) (2200mm x 880mm x 1190mm)

Wheelbase

1460mm (1483mm)

Ground clearance

165mm (180mm)

Seat height

800mm (818mm)

Kerb weight

220kg (224kg)

Website

www.benelli.com

 

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