New reports reveal that Benelli will be launching its first BS6 motorcycle in April, which will be the Imperiale 400 cruiser.
Benelli is yet to launch any BS6 motorcycle in India, with just 11 days remaining for the deadline. Its last launch was the Leoncino 250, which is a neo-modern roadster. It now has five new motorcycles in its lineup including Leoncino 500, Imperiale 400 and the TRK 502 Twins.
As per a new report, Benelli Imperiale 400 BS6 will be the first from the manufacturer. It will be launched in April and following that, the rest of the motorcycles will receive the update. We are expecting deliveries to commence a week post the official launch.
Imperiale 400 is the most popular motorcycle from the brand, receiving a good attraction when it was launched. It is an old-school cruiser loaded with modern bits. Despite that, it still remains a retro-looking motorcycle and a worthy competitor for Royal Enfield.
The cruiser uses a 374cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine with Fuel Injection. The motor produces 21PS at 5500rpm and 29Nm at 4500rpm, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. We have tested out the Imperiale and it can achieve a top speed of up to 130 km/hr.
For suspension, it uses 41mm telescopic forks at the front and pre-load adjustable twin shock absorbers at the back. Braking is handled by disc brakes at both the end with dual-channel ABS as standard. At the front, it gets a 19-inch tyre and an 18-inch tyre at the back.
Reports reveal that, till a couple of weeks ago, the Benelli has received more than 4,000 bookings for Imperiale 400. It came at an introductory price of Rs 1.69 Lakhs, but recently saw a price hike of Rs 20,000. It comes in three colour options – Silver colour priced at Rs 1.79 Lakhs and the Red and Black colours priced at Rs 1.90 Lakhs (all prices ex-showroom).
Following that, we can expect the Leoncino 250 and Leoncino 500 to be updated next. Leoncino 250 is the second most affordable motorcycle in their lineup, priced at Rs 2.5 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Benelli is currently working on increasing its presence across the country.
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