Benelli Imperiale 400 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Price starts at Rs. 3.03 Lakh which is Rs. 68,000 costlier than base model of Benelli Imperiale 400 priced at Rs. 2.35 Lakh. The claimed mileage of Benelli Imperiale 400 is 36.65 kmpl whereas the mileage of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is 25 kmpl. In technical specifications, Benelli Imperiale 400 is powered by 374 cc engine , while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is powered by 647.95 cc engine. Benelli Imperiale 400 is available in 3 different colours while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with 7 colours. The Comparison Benelli Imperiale 400 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 can be described on the basis of price and specifications.

Imperiale 400 vs Interceptor 650

Key Highlights Imperiale 400 BlackInterceptor 650 Canyon Red
Engine Type Single-cylinder, Air-cooled, 4-valves/cylinder, SOHC Inline twin cylinder, 4 stroke / SOHC
Max Power 21 PS @ 6000 rpm 47.4 PS @ 7250 rpm

Imperiale 400 vs Interceptor 650 Key Highlights

Basic Info Imperiale 400 BlackInterceptor 650 Canyon Red
70 reviews
346 reviews
Brand Name Benelli Royal Enfield
Ex-Showroom Price Rs. 2.35 Lakh View On Road Price Rs. 3.03 Lakh View On Road Price
Engine Type Single-cylinder, Air-cooled, 4-valves/cylinder, SOHC Inline twin cylinder, 4 stroke / SOHC
Max Power 21 PS @ 6000 rpm 47.4 PS @ 7250 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Imperiale 400 Colors
Interceptor 650 Colors
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
Wheel Size Front :-482.6 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Alloy
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Starting Self Start Only Self Start Only
Speedometer Analogue ...
Insurance Rs. 21,526 Imperiale 400 Insurance Rs. 22,593 Interceptor 650 Insurance
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Engine Type
Single-cylinder, Air-cooled, 4-valves/cylinder, SOHC
Inline twin cylinder, 4 stroke / SOHC
Engine Displacement
374 cc
647.95 cc
Max Power
21 PS @ 6000 rpm
47.4 PS @ 7250 rpm
Max Torque
29 Nm @ 3500 rpm
52.3 Nm @ 5150 rpm
Emission Type
72.7 mm
78 mm
90 mm
67.8 mm
No Of Cylinders
Drive Type
Chain Drive
Chain Drive
Valve Per Cylinder
Fuel Type
Digital spark ignition
Compression Ratio

Brakes Front
Brakes Rear

Quarter Mile
18.70s @ 109.84kmph
Braking (60-0 kmph)
Braking (80-0 kmph)
Mileage (City)
33.49 kmpl
Mileage (Highway)
36.65 kmpl
Mileage (Overall)
25 kmpl
Top Speed
115 kmph

Tyre Size
Front :-100/90-19, Rear :- 130/80-18
Front :-100/90-18, Rear :-130/70-R18
Wheel Size
Front :-482.6 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Tyre Type
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy)

Seat height
780 mm
2170*820*1120 mm3
2119*835*1067 mm3
1440 mm
1398 mm
2170 mm
2119 mm
Ground Clearance
165 mm
174 mm
1120 mm
1067 mm
820 mm
835 mm
Fuel Capacity
12 Liters
13.7 Liters
Kerb Weight
205 Kg
218 Kg
Total Weight
400 kg
Tail Light
Front Brake Diameter
300 mm
320 mm
Rear Brake Diameter
240 mm
240 mm

Additional Features
Paper element, Forced lubrication, Wet sump with pump driven oil delivery
USB charging port
Charging at Home
Charging at Charging Station
Turn Signal Lamp

Dual Channel
Dual Channel
Body Type
Cruiser Bikes
Cruiser Bikes
Self Start Only
Self Start Only
Seat Type
Pass Switch
Trip Meter
24 degrees
Passenger Footrest
Cooling System
Air Cooled
Air Cooled

Standard Warranty (Years)

Pros and Cons

  • Positives
  • Negatives

Benelli Imperiale 400

  • Refined engine with oodles of bottom-end torque
  • comfortable riding posture
  • big bike feel
  • gear position indicator and digital fuel gauge.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

  • Most affordable 650cc bike in India
  • Linear yet exciting power delivery
  • Extremely refined engine.

Benelli Imperiale 400

  • An expensive proposition
  • wooden brakes that lack bite and feel
  • odd position of the footpegs tend to hit your shins while moving the bike around.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

  • Lacks features
  • Uncomfortable for pillion riders
  • Rear suspension is a little too soft.
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Recently Asked User Questions

Q. I took a trail ride on Benelli 400 for 15 mints but felt heat on my right leg, I heard Benelli bike get heated very fast compare to Interceptor. - Imperiale 400?
  • No its not so.... i have been using imperiale 400 for last 10 months and drive for about 60-70 km daily but never felt that. Of course don't forget you are driving 400 CC so a bit of warmth you will feel but it does not get heated for sure...
  • Engine heat is a real problem as of now. On enquiry at the service centre I was informed that the heating will be considerably reduced after the first service.
  • I took a ride in city for 15km but i felt very heat on my right leg, especially while waiting in the signal.Kindly tell me how to rectify this
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Q. We want to choose between Interceptor and Himalayan, which is better. Have issue of back pain.
  • I own both the Himalayan and the Interceptor and I can definitely say with authority that with the himalayan you wont have a back pain. Ride is more comfortable due to the seating posture and the seat itself. Same goes for the pillion rider as well. What you will get is a solid freaking headache considering the Himalayan has so many other issues that you get fed up spending most of your time in RE service centers. I own a BS3 model. So I hope the later models have these issues sorted. Interceptor on the hand was built for a different purpose and tall riders (5 foot 9 and above) will have problems with their back. This is because of the seating posture. But there are work arounds to this. its a great bike and is open to customization unlike the Himalayan.
  • I have slipped disc and tail bone/sciatic pains .. you know how bad it can get. But I can tell you, on a normal day the Interceptor has never caused any issues or never till date have I had any issues because of the seating position on the Interceptor. I can't speak for Himalayan, I am sure it's meant for touring and expect that to be equally comfortable or more. With Interceptor, you cant go wrong that much I could tell trust me.
  • The Interceptor 650 will marginally have a better seating posture than the Himalayan and hence should give less back pain.But eventually it depends on whether you will utilise the motorcycle for city rides for which Interceptor is best or for off roading for which Himalayan is best.Hope this helps! Happy riding!
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Q. I am confused between Interceptor and Himalayan? mostly I am a city rider and yearly twice touring, which is suitable for me?
  • Having owned both of them I'd say that for touring the Himalayan makes sense. My only problem with the Himalayan was its lack of power or feeling that it do with some more power. I know that a lot of folks are waiting for a 650 Himalayan.Having said that a lot depends on you and your requirements. Interceptor is great as a daily commuter. You'll most probably have to tweak the handlebar and seat to get the desired riding position. Himalayan seat is excellent. Panniers etc again Himalayan. In case of the Interceptor you'll have to get suitable panniers and stays etc. Both are good and different categories so in the e d it's your call.
  • Himalayan is a all rounder Off road & Highways it performs well. Suspension set is too good say no to back pain. Interceptor is very good in highways it is the best performer & Powerful bike in royal enfield fleet. It cant off road like himalayan . Suspensiongood so no back pain issue. Because interceptor is not too comfortable in city riding. Plus their are many sensitive quality issues in ongoing models of interceptor. Like problem in T- Stem noise & Strut , Wheel wobble , Which RE might address soon. My choice is himalayan .
  • For city, Electra or Bullet 500 with ABS is best, Himalayan for touring, Interceptor is for fun as a heavy weight champion. Suggest you an unbiased test drive forgetting our reviews for a while and then decide.
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Imperiale 400 Vs Interceptor 650 Comparison FAQs

Which bike is cheaper Imperiale 400 vs Interceptor 650?

The Benelli Imperiale 400 is cheaper than Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 by Rs. 68,000.

Which bike offers better performance Imperiale 400 vs Interceptor 650?

For the Black version, 374 cc Petrol engine of Imperiale 400 produces 21 PS @ 6000 rpm of power and 29 Nm @ 3500 rpm of torque. Whereas for the Canyon Red version, 647.95 cc Petrol engine of Interceptor 650 produces 47.4 PS @ 7250 rpm of power and 52.3 Nm @ 5150 rpm of torque

User Reviews of Comparison

  • Benelli Imperiale 400
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
  • I have been driving imp 400 for last 9 months.Drove around 10000 km where i did not drive during the 3 month lockdown.So on an average i drive around 1500-2000 km per month.Its a excellent vehicle to drive.No match.

    Pankaj Sharma few weeks ago
  • Im using it for last 5 months.Very good experience, Previously i was using thunderbird 350x, It was the worst bike i ever comw across.

    Pramod Gosh few weeks ago
  • Benelli bike is all over good for touringBike my personal experience for BenelliBike comfort and ride is smooth bike is all over good

    Shifa Dhiman few weeks ago
  • Super power full bike and nice look.Good position of rider and pillion.Superb braking system.In cities and katcha road.

    Pattan Yasdani few weeks ago

    Sanal Kumar few weeks ago
Imperiale 400 User Reviews
  • I booked intercepter 650 colour is Baker Express and as per dealer they will be able to deliver the bike in Jan 2020 end. whatever information I have gather through YouTube videos ... it's looks with minor change which need to be done after delivery.I am looking for better headlight reason being headlight isn't matching what rest of the bike is offering and I believe Thunderbird headlight would have been awesome additions and seat which is not great as per the bike standards.. so looking for seat changes with better qauilty for sure.

    Baljeet Singh few weeks ago
  • Very Good Bike , The money you pay for the vehicle has value. Ride, Breaking are exceptionaly good. What I don't like is the head light which is not powerful and it should be modified. Also tail lamp they should change it to LED. Royal Enfield should come out with mag wheels for this bike.

    Satish Reddy few weeks ago
  • This is the bike that i'm looking for.Was thinking of going for truimp but was still looking for indian bikes.And at last it has arrived.It's a good bike, Classic looks and good for daily riders.

    Sanen Amer few weeks ago
  • The bike is very comfortable it takes instant pick up and is good for long drive and the main thing I have bought these bike because of it's beautiful look .

    Imtiaz Hussain few weeks ago
  • Best one from RE . The engine is well refined and maintenance level is very less. More than enough for my needs . Its an all rounder and is easy to maintain.

    Pranav J few weeks ago
Interceptor 650 User Reviews

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