Benelli have confirmed that the Imperiale 400 will be available in India by Diwali 2019 and the company has started accepting bookings for the retro-styled motorcycle for a token amount of Rs 4,000.
The Benelli Imperiale 400 will compete with the popular Royal Enfield Classic 350 and is expected to be officially launched in India on 21 October. The neo-retro cruiser was first unveiled at EICMA 2017 and drew quite a bit of attention. The bike was spotted for the first time in India not long after Benelli confirmed its impending launch.
A lot of the components for the new Benelli Imperiale 400 are going to be locally sourced in India, which should make the bike more cost-effective. The current offerings from Benelli come in as completely-knocked-down (CKD) kits, manufactured in Benelli’s QJ factory in Wenling, China and then assembled in Benelli’s Indian partner, Adishwar Auto Ride India (AARI)–Mahavir Group’s assembly line, in Telangana.
The Benelli Imperiale 400 that was unveiled in EICMA had a Euro 4 compliant motor. The Indian model will have a Euro 5/BS VI engine. The Imperiale 400 is powered by a 373.5-cc, SOHC, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine which produces 21 PS at 5,500 rpm and 29 Nm of peak torque at 4,500 rpm mated to a five-speed gearbox. Moreover, the engine will be housed in a double cradle chassis, with a 41-mm telescopic fork at the front and twin shock-absorbers at the rear. Additionally, the bike will have dual disc brakes, a 300-mm unit at the front and a 240-mm unit at the rear. Keeping the new motor vehicle safety regulations in mind, Benelli will offer dual-channel ABS as standard. The Benelli Imperiale 400 has a 12-litre fuel tank.
The Benelli Imperiale 400 will lock horns with the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Jawa Forty Two. We expect a price tag of around Rs 2 lakh.
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