Benelli Imperiale 400 is priced at Rs 1.69 lakh ex-showroom
Benelli launched the much talked about classic motorcycle in India. Benelli Imperiale 400 is launched with a price tag of Rs 1.69 lakh ex-showroom, Pan India. The Imperiale 400 is a reinterpretation of Benelli’s MotoBi range which was manufactured in the 1950s. It is said that Benelli Imperiale is an authentic motorcycle with a pure spirit in elegant and retro as well as classic fit and feel.
The company had already started taking the booking of the Imperiale 400 for a token amount of Rs 4000 at all its showrooms as well as on the official website. Benelli Imperiale 400 is available in three colour options – Red, Black, and Silver.
Powering the Benelli Imperiale 400 is a fuel-injected, 373.5cc single-cylinder engine that is cooled by air and has a 4-valve head. This powerplant generates 20.6 bhp at 5500rpm and 29Nm torque at 4500rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission.
Good bits about the Imperiale is that it has higher ground clearance than the Royal Enfield Classic at 165mm which we feel is also more than the Jawa 300. Seat height is accessible at 780mm.
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Bad bits of the Imperiale is its heavy kerb weight at 205kg which will make it a heavy to manoeuvre in the city. Another problem which owners might face is small 12-litre fuel tank which makes this bike not feasible for long non-stop rides.
The classic Benelli is held together via a double-cradle frame and is suspended through 41mm telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear which happens to come with pre-load adjustable function. Braking duties are taken care of by 300mm and 240mm disc at the front and the rear respectively. The braking system is accompanied by a dual-channel ABS system for safe and controlled braking.
Front tyre is a 100 section unit slapped on a 19-inch wheel while the rear tyre is 130 section fitted on an 18-inch wheel. Spoked tyres enhance the retro feel of the bike and come with tubed tyres.
Benelli Imperiale 400 will rival the likes of Royal Enfield Classic 350 which now starts from Rs 1.46 lakh for single-channel ABS and Jawa 300 which will set you back by Rs 1.72 lakh ex-showroom for the dual-channel ABS version. It is to be seen how Indian customers will receive the new classic motorcycle.
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