Benelli Imperiale 400 BS6 launched in India: What’s new over the Royal Enfield Classic 350 competitor?

Benelli Imperiale 400 side view

Benelli India seems to be the most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Not only does the Italian brand have to contend with being labelled as a Chinese maker, it also has to fend off royal competition. Benelli India has stepped into the Royal Enfield territory with its Imperiale 400 bike. Coincidentally, it is also the first bike to be converted to BS6. The Benelli Imperiale 400 BS6 has been launched in India. The Benelli Imperiale 400 BS6 price in India is Rs 1.99 lakh, ex-showroom. This is Rs 20,000 over that of the BS4 model and Rs 18,000 more than the costliest version of RE Classic 350. Bookings for the Benelli have started at Rs 6,000 online while the customers also have the option to go to the nearest open dealership. Deliveries will start from August 2020. So, what does all this get you as a customer? Let’s find out.

New Benelli Imperiale 400 BS6 tech specs and changes

The updated Benelli Imperiale boasts three colour options – black, red and silver. The 374cc, single-cylinder engine, 4-valve, SOHC engine has been reworked but makes the same 21PS of power and 29Nm of torque. A 5-speed gearbox is paired with this motor and the claimed mileage is 31.2kmpl. This engine being in a relatively lower state of compression, should be reliable enough. A 41mm telescopic front suspension has been provided while the rear unit boasts dual shockers. Spoked rim wheels are provided with the front being a 19-incher and the rear being an 18-inch unit.

There are disc brakes at both ends and dual-channel ABS as well. Ground clearance of 165mm too has been provided while the kerb weight of 205kg is on the heavier side. The fuel tank capacity is 12 litres. Benelli though has a masterstroke wherein the company is giving a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty as standard. For the first two years, five periodic maintenance services are covered as complimentary. For the third year service, Benelli India will charge customers Rs 1,500 and tax if they opt for the Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC). There is 24×7 roadside assistance as well as pick/drop facility available.

The  bike is made in India. There are no visual changes as well.

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