Benelli Imperiale 400 is a retro-classic motorcycle, rivalling the likes of Classic 350. The manufacturer has confirmed that it will be launched in 1-2 months from now.
Post-launch of the Benelli Leoncino 500, the manufacturer has confirmed that it will indeed bring the Imperiale 400 to India this year itself. The Royal Enfield Classic and Bullet rival will be launched by this festive season itself.
Till now, Benelli has launched three motorcycles – the TRK 502, TRK 502X and the Leoncino. The Imperiale 400 will be launched as an affordable commuter-cruiser taking directly on Royal Enfield and Jawa Motorcycles.
Further, the officials from the company have stated that their retro-classic might be the best selling model in the lineup. Of course, you get the retro-classic look in the Imperiale which attracts all types of age groups.
Imperiale 400 uses a 373cc air-cooled single-cylinder SOHC engine, that is capable of producing 19.7 BHP and 28 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox, an indication of its old-school feeling.
The power figures are similar to what we get on the Classic 350. Further, it will be available with the fuel-injection system, for better performance as well as mileage. The bike weighs around 200 kgs and gets a fuel tank capacity of 12 litres.
For suspension, it uses 41mm telescopic forks at the front and dual spring suspension at the back and the bike sits on a double-cradle steel tube frame. A 300mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the back with ABS are offered as standard.
Like the Classic 350, Benelli Imperiale 400 is low on features. However, it is high on the retro feels with a sculpted fuel tank, the round headlamps, the twin-pod analogue console, long exhaust muffler, chrome detailing on the engine and exhaust and the relaxed ergonomics.
Reports suggest that it might not undercut the prices of RE Classic 350, but might be priced near, for around Rs 2 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Meanwhile, the manufacturer has also confirmed that it will launch two 250cc bikes in India, probably the quarter-litre versions of TRK and the Leoncino.