Benelli Imperiale 400 To Rival RE Classic 350; Launch Timeline Revealed

Benelli Imperiale 400 Front Design

Benelli Imperiale 400 is a retro-styled motorcycle, which will rival the Royal Enfield Classic 350

The Benelli-Mahavir Group will soon launch the new Loncino and TRK 502 in the Indian two-wheeler market before the end of this financial year. The company has also announced that it will launch the TRK 250 and Leoncino 250 in India in 2019. Adding to it, the Italian brand will also launch the Benelli Imperiale 400 retro cruiser to challenge the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Thunderbird 350. It will be launched before the end of 2019, possibly around Diwali next year.

First unveiled at the 2017 EICMA in Milan, Italy, the Benelli Imperiale will be brand’s new mid-capacity retro-styled motorcycle. The bike comes equipped with various retro design elements like round headlight, classic fenders and a teardrop fuel tank. In order to add some premium touch, the company has added chrome elements on the wheels, engine, mudguards and the ORVMs. It also gets a twin-pod instrument console and the canvas saddle bags.

Benelli Imperiale 400 Images

It is powered by a 373.5cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC engine, which is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. This fuel injected Euro-4 compliant engine produces 19.7PS of maximum power at 5,500rpm along with a peak torque of 28Nm at 3,500rpm. The motorcycle has a kerb weight of 200khs, and has a fuel tank capacity of 12-litres.

Based on a steel double cradle frame, the Benelli Imperiale features 41mm telescopic forks with 110mm travel and twin-spring shock absorbers with 65mm travel at the front and rear respectively. For braking duties, the bike gets 300mm disc with two-piston callipers at the front and 240mm disc with single-piston calliper at the rear.

The front suspension has wheel travel of 110 mm along with a 65 mm wheel travel on the rear shocks. Braking department gets 300 mm front disc with two-piston callipers and a 240 mm disc brake at the back with a single-piston calliper, while dual-channel ABS is standard. The motorcycle rides on 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels shod with 110/90 and 130/80 section tyres respectively. The motorcycle will be imported into India via CKD route, and will be assembled the Group’s new facility in Hyderabad.

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