We list four things about the Benelli Imperiale 400 that you should know.
Rivals the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
Other competition includes Jawa Standard.
It offers more value.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has turned the fortunes of Royal Enfield around, and everyone is looking to get a piece of the action. Some manufacturers have gone all-out modern, with features and tech (think KTM 250 Duke, Honda CBR250R and Bajaj Dominar 400) while others have chosen to play the same retro game that Royal Enfield plays – like the Jawa Standard.
There’s a new entrant on the retro side of the ring, and it is called the Benelli Imperiale 400. We list a few things you need to know about it.
Low Service Costs
Benelli is offering two years’ worth of servicing free on the Imperiale 400. Even after that, customers can opt for an annual maintenance contract. Considering the fact that Benelli motorcycles in India are all premium products, one can reasonably expect the standards to be high. The freebies are a cherry on top.
The Warranty Period is Unprecedented
The standard warranty on the Imperiale 400 is worth three years and unlimited kilometers. This is not a usual warranty package in the Indian market and shows how much confidence the company has in its product. It’s also a neat way to keep customers returning for official service rather than to go to an independent workshop.
Booking and Pricing
The booking can be made either online or through a dealer, for Rs 4000. That’s a really low booking amount for a motorcycle priced at Rs 1.69 lakh, ex-showroom. Plus, the pricing isn’t too far off from the Classic 350. The black and red versions cost Rs 10,000 more than the silver version, which is the base price of the Imperiale 400.
The Specs Match Up
It has been made to beat the Classic 350, so the engine displaces a few more cubes, and offers nearly the same horsepower and torque figure, with just enough of a margin to seem like more. The kerb weight is the same at 200 kg.
The rear brake disc is the same size, at 240 mm, but the front is bigger by 20 mm in diameter, at 300 mm. The seat height is 20 mm lower, and the ground clearance is 35 mm more than the Classic 350 – meaning it is easier to manage for more people and will clear a lot of bad roads without grinding hard parts.