- Loncin 500AC spy shots emerge
- Sports a design similar to the Benelli Lencino 500
- MV Agusta too will introduce a scrambler by 2022
The Chinese two-wheeler manufacturer, Loncin, had tied up with the iconic Italian bike maker, MV Agusta, last year. During the announcement of this collaboration, it was affirmed that the tie-up will spawn multiple motorcycles with 350-500cc displacement. After over a year now, Loncin’s upcoming scrambler-styled offering, the 500AC, has appeared in the latest spy shots.
In terms of styling, the modern scrambler design of the 500AC resembles that of the Benelli Leoncino 500. The oblong-shaped headlamp, wide and pulled-back handlebar, rounded fuel tank and the single piece seat lend it a scrambler look. There are plenty of modern features too such as full-LED lighting and a Bluetooth-enabled full-colour TFT display.
Loncin has also bestowed the 500AC with premium hardware such as golden upside down forks and a monoshock sourced from KYB and Nissin-branded disc brakes with dual-channel ABS. Meanwhile, the tyres are sourced from Pirelli. Powering the motorcycle is a 471cc, parallel-twin motor which is also used by Honda for its 500cc CB line-up. This engine churns out 46.2bhp and 43Nm.
The Loncin 500AC is likely to be limited to the Chinese market only. However, even MV Agusta is readying its own scrambler-styled offering, as it was revealed by the company CEO, Timur Sardarov, in June this year. This bike will be introduced sometime in 2022.