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Benelli Imperiale 400

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Key specs
  • Displacement374 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported32 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight205 kg

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Imperiale 400 Standard

 1,89,662 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

Benelli Imperiale 400 Summary

Imperiale 400 key highlights

Engine Capacity 374 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 32 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 205 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres
Seat Height 780 mm

About Imperiale 400

Benelli Imperiale 400 is a cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs. 1,89,662 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 3 colours. The Benelli Imperiale 400 is powered by 374cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 20.7 bhp and a torque of 29 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Benelli Imperiale 400 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Imperiale 400 bike weighs 205 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 12 liters.

The Imperiale 400 is Benelli’s modern-retro motorcycle that goes against the likes of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Jawa Standard. The Imperiale 400’s price is higher than its rivals, which went further high during the BS6 transition. However, Benelli recently reduced its price by Rs 10,000 by increasing the degree of localisation in its production.

In terms of design, the Imperiale is a quintessential vintage bike with a round headlamp with a chrome casing flanked by round, chrome finished turn indicators. It also gets more chrome on the tail lamp, mirrors, levers and spoke wheels. It is built around a steel-double cradle frame that holds a peanut-shaped fuel tank and a split-seat setup. Benelli has equipped the bike with a twin-pod instrument cluster with chrome bezels that give it a retro look.

The Imperiale 400 comes powered by a 374cc, single-cylinder motor that produces 20.7bhp of power and 29Nm of torque. Interestingly, these performance numbers are higher as compared to its BS4 counterpart. The engine comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm telescopic forks up front and pre-load adjustable twin shock absorbers at the rear. Meanwhile, braking hardware comprises of 300mm disc brake upfront and a 240mm brake at the rear assisted by dual-channel ABS.

The Benelli Imperiale 400 is offered in three colour options- black, red and silver.
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Benelli Imperiale 400 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Gets modern-classic styling
    • Accessible seat height
    • Good sales, service backup
  • Could be Better

    • Misses out on tube-less tyres
    • Gets analogue instrument cluster
    • Pillion-seat isn’t comfortable

BikeWale's Take

The Imperiale 400 is an entry-level cruiser motorcycle from Benelli. It was launched to take on the high-selling Royal Enfield Classic 350, but haven’t been able to accomplish that. Blame the lack of brand appeal. While the Imperiale 400 does manage to showcase its modern-classic styling, it fails to entice the customers due to lack of modern elements like digital instrument cluster, tubeless tyres and LED lights. 

Benelli Imperiale 400 Review

We recently spent a decent amount of time on the BS6-compliant Imperiale 400’s saddle, to tell you what the modern-classic motorcycle is all about.

Introduction

Benelli Imperiale 400 Left Side View

We Indians have always loved the idea of modern-classic motorcycles. It is evident from the success of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 over the years and the resurrection of Jawa Motorcycles. So, drawn in by the alluring prospect of the segment, Benelli launched the Imperiale 400 in India last year. In its BS4 form, the motorcycle went on to be one of the highest-selling Benelli in India.

And unquestionably, it was then launched as Benelli’s first BS6 offering in the country earlier this year. We recently spent a decent amount of time on the BS6-compliant Imperiale 400’s saddle, to tell you what the modern-classic motorcycle is all about. 

The Visuals

Benelli Imperiale 400 Right Front Three Quarter

Now, there isn’t any change to the design or styling of the Imperiale 400. It gets a round headlamp and turn indicators, a sufficient amount of chrome, wire-spoke wheels, and a long, peashooter exhaust- all signs of a perfectly styled modern-classic. The Imperiale also looks brawny. In fact, it is longer and wider than both the Classic 350 and the Jawa.

However, it is the Benelli Imperiale 400’s build quality that makes it special. The paint gets a top-notch metallic flake finish, and this red colour option also offers red stitching on the seats. Even the plastic around the switchgear is built to last and the switchgear itself feels nice and tactile to use. Overall, the Benelli’s fit and finish is impeccable throughout and we found nothing to point a finger at. 

The Package

Benelli Imperiale 400 Head Light

Staying true to its retro character, the BS6-compliant Imperiale 400 isn’t high on features, just like the BS4 version. So, you are offered with conventional lighting for the headlamp, tail lamp and turn signals, dual-channel ABS, a hazard lamp, and a twin-pod instrument cluster.  

Benelli Imperiale 400 Instrument Cluster

Now, these white back-lit units are essentially analogue; one displaying the speed and the other a tachometer along with tell-tale lights. But the unit also features two LCDs that show time, odometer, fuel gauge, gear position, and two trip meters. 

The Ride

Benelli Imperiale 400 Right Side View

Most motorcycles from the ‘70s and ‘80s offered an upright and broad-chested riding posture and the Benelli Imperiale 400 evokes the same feeling as a result of its wide, slightly-pulled back handlebars and neutrally-set foot pegs. To perfect the riding ergonomics, Benelli has fitted the Imperiale’s peanut-shaped tank with a tank grip that feels natural to dig your knees into. 

Benelli Imperiale 400 Bike Seat

The Imperiale’s seat has a firm, but comfortable cushioning at both ends with the rider seat sprung underneath for additional support. And with a low seat height of 780mm, the Imperiale will be a good fit even for short riders. While it is fairly easy to flat-foot, the motorcycle’s kerb weight of 205kg can make it daunting to move around. However, the weight starts to feel manageable once in motion and the Imperiale becomes surprisingly nimble, even in traffic.  

Benelli Imperiale 400 Left Side View

Complementing the handling is the sprightly 374cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine with a bassy thump that is sure to put the BS6 Classic 350 to shame. While the output has differed minutely from the BS4 model, the motor still offers an enthusiastic grunt all through the rev range. However, the engine is at its best in the mid-range from 3500rpm to 5500rpm and can cruise at 110kmph all day. All this while, the engine feels supremely refined and has absolutely no vibrations at any point, although it tends to heat up in heavy traffic. But it is only when the needle hits 120kmph that the Imperiale starts to feel unsettled. There is a slight buzz on the handlebar and the front end starts to wobble in complaint.  

Benelli Imperiale 400 Right Rear Three Quarter

Now, Benelli hasn’t tweaked or changed the suspension hardware on the BS6 Imperiale, so it continues to have a stiff setup which is unforgiving even over small bumps and potholes, especially when riding solo. Nevertheless, with a pillion on board the ride improves drastically as the suspension manages to cushion out larger undulations with ease. 

Our Take

Benelli Imperiale 400 Fuel Tank

Getting straight to the point, the BS6 update for the Benelli Imperiale 400 hasn’t changed anything apart from making it slightly more refined. And at Rs 1.99 lakh, the Imperiale 400 continues to be priced higher than the dual-channel ABS variants of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Jawa that cost Rs 1.69 lakh and Rs 1.82 lakh, respectively. 

Setting aside flaws like the stiff suspension and lacklustre braking feel, the extra money for the Imperiale 400 gets you a well-built motorcycle that offers an engaging ride experience and a beautiful sounding exhaust note that fully justifies its modern-classic charm. 

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Benelli Imperiale 400 mileage

As reported by Imperiale 400 owners, the real mileage of Benelli Imperiale 400 is 32 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 20.7 bhp @ 6,000 rpm

    Max Torque 29 Nm @ 3,500 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 374 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 72.7 mm

    Stroke 90 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 8.5:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Multidisc wet clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel-Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 2 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 384 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 32 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 130/80 - 18

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Front- 2 Piston, Rear- Single Piston Caliper

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 18 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/90 - 19

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 32 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 36 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 32 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 36 psi

    Front Suspension 41mm Telescopic

    Rear Suspension Pre-load adjustable

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 205 kg

    Overall Length 2,170 mm

    Overall Width 820 mm

    Wheelbase 1,440 mm

    Ground Clearance 165 mm

    Seat Height 780 mm

    Overall Height 1,120 mm

    Chassis Type Double cradle with steel tubes and plates

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty 2 Year

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) No

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) No

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System--

Battery--

Headlight TypeHalogen

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightBulb

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Benelli Imperiale 400 User Reviews

4.2 102 ratings 42 reviews
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  • 4

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  •  5Amazing Bike For Long Rides 2 weeks ago by David

    Beast performance in this segment. Loved the power of the engine and super comfortable for long rides according to me it is not comfortable for daily commute. Amazing performance and very minimal vibration after 100 only in city you won't be able to bear the heat from e

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      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      Never owned

  •  5Good bike 3 weeks ago by Karri Srikanth, Guntur

    Every thing is good, and very useful for long drives and touring for long trips Overall bike is very good. it's very good for long rides, short rides and daily uses for rotten life.

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      35 kmpl

  •  2Good but bad 3 months ago by Saradhi Naidu, Hyderabad

    First thing is engine overheating problem. It’s unbearable for city rides. Second thing is spare parts. They are not keeping spares at all. My bike clutch plate got worn out in in 6k kms and it took 1 month to replace and it’s horrible. The ride is good for long drives

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

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  •  4Retro to the core . 4 months ago by Vishwajeet Singh

    The staff at the dealership was courteous . The bike is well balanced and beautiful to handle and has no vibrations even going beyond 100kmph . Great cruiser .Servicing experience has been very satisfactory. The bike requires little maintenance .Great retro looks , stra

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      32 kmpl

  •  4Retro to perfection. 4 months ago by Shailendra Singh, Jaipur

    It has best retro looks out of all the bikes available in the market . Highly refined engine. Good mileage of 32-35 km/l . No vibrations . Hugs the road beautifully therefore a very safe feel while touring over long distances. Slightly heavy compared to its counterparts

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      32 kmpl

  •  1Never go for benelli 5 months ago by Somasekhar, Bangalore

    1.Buying experience. I felt very happy after taken bike delivery 23rd Jan 2020 ,0n 25th Jan front pork oil leakage and malware issue and bike having jerking issues. 2.Riding experience. I can not provide you exact info because since day one many issues with bike and aft

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

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FAQs about Benelli Imperiale 400

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Benelli Imperiale 400 in 2021?

    A: The 2021 on-road price of Benelli Imperiale 400 in Delhi is Rs. 2,25,646. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: What is the actual mileage of Benelli Imperiale 400?

    A: According to the user reported data, Benelli Imperiale 400 gives an average mileage of 32 kmpl.
  • Q: Which is better Benelli Imperiale 400 or Royal Enfield Meteor 350?

    A: Benelli Imperiale 400 is priced at Rs. 1,89,662, has a 374 cc 5 Speed Manual engine, gives a mileage of 32 kmpl and weighs 205 kg, whereas, the price of Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is Rs. 1,83,487 with a 349 cc 5 Speed Manual engine, giving a mileage of 35 kmpl and weighing 191 kg. You can compare Benelli Imperiale 400 vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350 based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of Benelli Imperiale 400?

    A: Benelli Imperiale 400 is available in 3 colours which are Black, Red and Silver. You can check all the colour images of Benelli Imperiale 400.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Benelli Imperiale 400?

    A: Benelli Imperiale 400 is a Cruiser bike that weighs 205 kg, has a 374 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 12 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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