Benelli has begun its slew of launches once again. In addition to its TRK 502, it was supposed to launch another bike in 2018 followed by the launch of the Leoncino Scrambler soon. This retro-styled bike was to make its debut in India. The 2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 was showcased at the EICMA 2017 too. In other words, this bike was planned to squarely target the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and 500. The USP of this bike will be its build quality and fit finish as compared to its competition. This is good news for retro-style lovers. What is the Benelli Imperiale 400 all about? How much will it cost? Why was the launch delayed?
Scroll down to find answers to these questions.
2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 New Launch Date
The bike will be launched by mid to late 2020, most likely. The bike was to be homologated at the ARAI but there were problems with localization and adherence to BSVI emission norms which have thwarted plans of an earlier launch. Therefore Benelli expects it to become their best seller.
|Benelli Imperiale 400||Probable Dates|
|Old Launch date||Mid 2018|
|New Launch date||Early 2020|
2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 Price in India
It is expected to cost around INR 2.2 lakhs (on-road) This will be a very attractive price for the bike and will help it target its competition as well. This price is likely to reduce once local production for this bike starts. The bike will be assembled by CKD route. In other words, it will be able to price to a proper competitor to the market leader
2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 Design
The Imperiale 400 looks like a typical retro motorcycle. Therefore it gets spoked wheels with chrome mudguards. Above that, the simple fuel take has knee pads in a contrasting color, which is black. It gets a saddle seat, which is a split one. The headlamp, tail lamp and the turn indicators are all retro-styled. This gives it a proper old school look. However, just like the Royal Enfield’s, it will also miss out on LED headlights. Therefore making it a bargain for looks.
In addition to that, the instrument pod has twin dials for the speedo and tacho. This twin-pod analog instrument cluster has a digital display for rider information and will be easy to read and maintain. The handlebar is a short and straight one. The bike gets a single long exhaust which is low slung and might pick up scratches if chrome finished. Also, expect a lot of chrome on this bike as it is also competing with the Jawa which is a chrome-clad machine. Similarly, the mirrors are also chrome plated like retro bikes. The fuel tank has a capacity of 12 liters.
2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 Specifications
|Engine||373.5cc, air-cooled, FI|
|Torque||28Nm @ 3,500 rpm|
The Imperiale is fitted with a 373.5cc, single-cylinder SOHC engine. Above all, it is air-cooled and comes with fuel injection. Therefore this engine makes about 18.5bhp of power at a low 5,500 rpm and 28Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine is BS-IV compliant and comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. Finally, the power output of this bike is similar to the Royal Enfield Classic 350. In addition to this,we can expect the bike to have good levels of refinement. This will be its USP. The motorcycle has a weight of around 200 kgs
Benelli Imperiale 400 Mileage
The Imperiale is expected to return around 40 km/l of mileage overall. For instance, this will be somewhat similar to what the RE Classic 350 offers. The bike weighs around 200kgs. Therefore will be the best mileage that this engine can derive, in real riding conditions.
2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 Safety
As this bike is BSVI compliant it will get dual-channel ABS as standard. Similarly, the bike gets front telescopic forks and dual rear shock absorbers. The bike is fitted on to a steel double-cradle frame. As a result of which it gets a retro charm too. This motorcycle comes with discs on the front and rear. The bike will come with soft compound tires that will offer good grip levels. The riding posture is designed to be upright. Therefore it should be comfortable for long-distance riding.
2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 Delay Cause
According to company officials, they have identified 30 parts/sub-assemblies that they would like to source locally. Suppliers for 29 have been identified and will soon be chosen out of 30. In other words, Benelli would only be able to launch the motorcycle by late 2019 or early next year.
If the motorcycle was launched in 2018 then it would then become immediately redundant in a few months, as only BSVI-compliant vehicles would be allowed to be sold in India, thus the engine needs to be changed to meet the very same emission law. Optimistically, we can see the Imperiale launching in India sometime around mid-2020.
Benelli Imperiale 400 Competition
The 2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 will mainly compete with the Royale Enfield Classic 350. After that, it will also challenge the RE Classic 500. Similarly, the Jawa Twins might also be in this race of classic cars. This segment is a great opportunity for Benelli to tap into the Indian mass market