Imperiale 400 launch will give Benelli ample ammo to fight in the fast moving retro classic motorcycle segment, which has recently seen the introduction of Jawa!
At the EICMA 2017, Benelli had a range of motorcycles on display which included some real interesting models. Among them was the Imperiale 400 which is a retro-classic motorcycle and it garnered a lot of interest in India.
At the launch of the much awaited TRK 502, Benelli spilled some beans on their upcoming products. Vikas Jhabakh, Managing Director, Benelli India said that the introduction of TRK is just the beginning and they will be bringing many more exciting products in 2019.
Imperiale 400 Launch
A report at Overdrive suggests that the Imperiale 400 has been confirmed by the company and for this year itself. The better news is that this retro machine will definitely be the cheapest Benelli in India once it goes on sale.
Imperiale 400 gets power from a 373.5 cc fuel injected engine which is capable of producing 19.7 bhp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 28 Nm of maximum torque at 3500 rpm. With an air-cooled, SOHC torquey motor coupled with a 5-speed gearbox, clearly Benelli wanted a retro non-technically-advanced appeal which will be an ideal rival against Royal Enfield’s Classic 350 and other similar models.
Imperiale 400 comes with a 19 inch front tyre and an 18 inch rear tyre configuration. 41 mm front telescopic shock absorbers and a dual shock absorber set up performs suspension duties. Stopping power comes from a 300 mm single disc brake upfront and a 240 mm disc at the rear. ABS is on offer and is standard. A low 780 mm seat should make it a very accessible option for Indians.
However, the biggest flaw of the motorcycle seems to be its heavy weight of whopping 200 kg, which is even higher than Royal Enfields.
Apart from Imperiale, Benelli will also introduce Leoncino scrambler and some other motorcycles in India this year.