Benelli’s answer to the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is finally here. Say hello to the Imperiale 400. Powered by a 374cc single-cylinder motor, this one is good for 20.7bhp and 29Nm
Since the time Benelli entered the Indian market, it has primarily had naked offerings on sale in the country – with the exception of one full-faired offering and a tourer. They have now launched their first retro-styled offering in the form of the Imperiale 400. The new offering has been priced at Rs 1.69 lakh (ex-showroom India). This is the fourth new product to be introduced by Benelli this year.
The Benelli Imperiale 400’s design has been inspired by the company’s MotoBi range that was in production in the 1950s. The motorcycle sports a rather simple design philosophy with the round headlight at the front, a twin-pod instrument cluster, a neatly shaped fuel tank and split seats. The Imperiale 400 comes fitted with a 300mm disc upfront and a 240mm one at the rear. The brakes are assisted by dual channel ABS. The Imperiale 400 wears 19-inch rubber at the front and an 18-inch one at the rear.
As far as the engine goes, the Imperiale 400 is powered by a 374cc single-pot motor that develops 20.7bhp and 29Nm. The engine comes paired with a 5-speed transmission. These figures are more or less similar to its immediate rival – the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
Benelli has the Imperiale 400 on sale in three colour options – black, red and silver. The Italian brand has commenced bookings of the motorcycle and deliveries will start in a few weeks’ time. Aside from the Classic 350, the Imperiale 400 will also compete against the Jawa.