From a distance it looks like a Royal Enfield Classic 350. Yes, there is another classic nostalgia-filled bike from Italian bike maker Benelli, the Imperiale 400. Despite its old design, powerful engine and Benelli’s confidence, the Imperial 400 never really made it to the limelight. For whatever reason, Benelli’s Indian branch recently decided to raise the price of this retro-styled bike by he Rs 21,000. Currently, the pre-showroom price is Tk 2.35 million.
Like all other Benelli models in India, the bike has received no external or internal changes, although the price has changed. As before, the Imperial 400 dominates the roads of India with its retro style. The front of the bike retains its vintage style with round chrome headlights and turn signals. The chrome finish applied to the entire body, centering on the tail lamps, mirror levers, and spoke wheels, is eye-catching.
The Benelli Imperial 400 model is built with a steel double cradle frame. It also features an almond-shaped fuel tank and split seat setup. Additionally, the bike has a twin-pod instrument cluster with a chrome bezel that gives it a vintage feel. This Benelli bike of his is available in his three color combinations of black, red and silver. At this time, it will be a price increase common to all colors.
Speaking of engine specifications, it is equipped with a 374cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine. The power and torque of this engine are 20.7 bhp and 29 Nm respectively. Comes with a 5 speed gearbox. All other features of the bike are also unchanged. Notable among these are the halogen headlights, semi-digital instrument cluster and dual-channel ABS. The suspension uses a 41mm telescopic fork at the front and a preload-adjustable twin shock absorber at the rear.
On the other hand, the braking system has 300mm and 240mm discs on the front and rear wheels respectively. The standard version of the bike is equipped with dual channel ABS. The Benelli Imperial 400’s main rival is the Classic 350, but there are now some more powerful engines on the Indian market. Honda Hness CB 350, Hunter 350, Jawa 42.