Benelli has launched the 2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 retro-classic motorcycle in its BS6 avatar at the starting price of INR 1.99 lakh ex-showroom in the Indian market. The Chinese-owned Italian brand has also announced that it has commenced booking on the BS6 Imperiale 400 at a fully refundable amount of INR 6,000 and the motorcycle now comes with two years of complimentary service and a three year/unlimited km warranty.
Benelli launched the Imperiale 400 in the Indian market in October of 2019 at an introductory price of INR 1.69 lakh ex-showroom India. When the introductory price offer expired the brand hiked its price by INR 10,000 on its ex-showroom price and the Imperiale 400 in silver colour was priced at INR 1.79 lakh ex-showroom and the black colour scheme was priced at INR 1.89 lakh ex-showroom.
In terms of design and styling, the BS6 version does not receive any styling updates and retains its retro-classic styling inspired by the historical Benelli-MotoBi range produced in the 1950s. The Imperiale 400 features a rounded headlight with chrome bezel, twin-pot analogue speedometer and tachometer with a small digital LCD display, a tear-drop shaped fuel tank, rounded chrome mirrors, split seats, a black-finished engine with a straight low-slung exhaust with chrome heat covers and classic spoke wire rims.
The 2020 Imperiale 400 is powered by a BS6 emission-compliant under-squared 374cc single-cylinder, air-cooled four-stroke fuel-injected 4-valve SOHC engine that produces 21 Ps of power and 29 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed gearbox and wet multi-plate clutch. The new engine is likely to have achieved BS6 conformity by using new catalytic convertor system and oxygen sensors.
In terms of mechanical parts, the BS6 Imperiale 400 comes with double-cradle steel tubes and plates frame that rides on 41mm diameter telescopic front forks and swingarm with double shock absorber on the rear. The Imperiale 400 comes with a single 300mm disc with 2 pistons floating calliper on the front and a single 240 mm disc with a single-piston floating calliper with a dual-channel ABS as standard.
While this is the first Benelli model that has been updated to BS6 standards other Benelli models with new BS6 engine updates are expected to be launched soon.