Benelli Slashes Prices Of Its 300cc Bikes
- May 13, 2019
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It is no secret that we might not see the Benelli Imperiale 400 for a while. The company has cited a couple of restrictions that are stalling the motorcycle’s arrival to the country. In the meantime, here are a couple of things you should know.
1. Classic looks
Round headlamp, curvy fuel tank, spoke rims, peashooter-style end-can, twin-pod instrument cluster and split yet flat seats are all clear indications that the Imperiale was meant to evoke the old-school charm of simple motorcycling. There are a few modern touches to the design, one of which is the digital inset in the instrument panel.
2. Traditional foundations
Tubular double cradle frames were iconic in British motorcycles of yore. Even nowadays, modern retro motorcycles use the same architecture as their chassis. The Imperiale is no different. Coupled with 41mm telescopic front forks and twin shock units at the rear, the package qualifies as a proper retro motorcycle. You even get a 19/18-inch spoke wheel setup to further cement its retro intentions.
3. Torquey and BSVI compliant motor
The 373.5cc single-cylinder motor is air-cooled. It is mated to a 5-speed transmission. Although its power output might not be something to brag about, the motor is super torquey. It produces a peak torque of 28Nm at as low as 3500rpm. An Italian thumper you say? More so, Benelli is working on making the very same engine BSVI compliant. This is one of the primary reasons for its India launch getting delayed.
4. Localisation is underway
Benelli as well as its new Indian management wants to bring the Imperiale to India at an aggressive price. They felt that by bringing the bike via the CKD route, they would not be able to hit the sweet spot. Thus, various parts and sub-assemblies will be locally procured. By doing this, Benelli will be able to price the motorcycle around the Rs 2 lakh mark.
5. Fierce rivals
When launched, the Benelli Imperiale 400 will have its work cut out for itself as it has to go up against the aged champion - the Royal Enfield Classic 350 - and the revived workhorse - the Jawa. Both of these motorcycles cater to the same audience and boast of more popular nameplates as well.
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