Benelli Imperiale 400 vs. Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs. Jawa Classic - Spec Comparo

22/10/2019 - 19:11 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

Benelli India today launched the launch of the Imperiale 400 at an ex-showroom (India) price tag of INR 1.69 lakh. In this post, we compare its technical specifications with its rivals – the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Jawa Classic (dual-channel ABS versions).

Benelli Imperiale 400 Vs Rivals Featured Image
The newly launched Benelli Imperiale 400 is priced at INR 1.69 lakh while its rivals, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Jawa Classic (dual-channel versions) retail at INR 1.54 lakh and INR 1.74 lakh respectively.

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Model Benelli Imperiale 400 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Jawa Classic
Displacement & Type 374 cc, Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, Air-cooled, 4-Valves/Cylinder, SOHC 346 cc, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, twin-spark, air-cooled 293 cc, Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC
Max Power 21 PS at 5,500 rpm 20.1 PS (19.8 bhp) at 5,250 rpm 27.4 PS (27 bhp)
Peak Torque 29 Nm at 4,500 rpm 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm 28 Nm
Gearbox 5-speed 5-speed 6-speed
Length 2,170 mm 2,160 mm NA
Width 820 mm 790 mm NA
Height 1,120 mm 1,090 mm NA
Wheelbase 1,440 mm 1,390 mm 1,369 mm
Seat Height 780 mm 800 mm 765 mm
Ground Clearance 170 mm 135 mm NA
Fuel Tank Capacity 12-litres 13.5-litres 14-litres
Kerb Weight 205 kg 194 kg 170 kg
Suspension, Brakes and Tyres
Front Suspension Telescopic Telescopic Telescopic
Rear Suspension Twin Springs Twin Springs Twin Springs
Front Brake 300 mm disc 280 mm disc 280 mm disc
Rear Brake 240 mm disc 240 mm disc Disc
Safety Net Dual-channel ABS Dual-channel ABS Dual-channel ABS
Front Tyre 100/90 – 19 90/90 – 19 90/90 – 19
Rear Tyre 130/80 – 18 110/90 – 18 120/80 – 18
Ex-showroom Delhi INR 1.69 lakh INR 1.54 lakh INR 1.74 lakh

The newly launched Benelli Imperiale 400 is only available in dual-channel ABS avatar, while the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Jawa Classic can be bought in single-channel ABS form, at relatively affordable prices.

The Jawa Classic (dual-channel ABS) is the most expensive motorcycle in this comparison, although the ex-showroom tag on the model isn’t way higher than that of the Benelli Imperiale 400. For the marginal price premium, the Jawa Classic packs the most amount of power and torque, which is possible due to the liquid-cooled DOHC setup in the engine. In contrast, the Benelli Imperiale 400 and the Classic 350 feature an air-cooled mill.

But while the Jawa Classic may seem like the perfect option among the three, there one major setback. Classic Legends, the subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Group that has the rights to sell Jawa motorcycles, has overbooked the motorcycles, and the waiting period in several cities is as high as 11 months.

Benelli Imperiale 400 Launched In India
The Benelli Imperiale 400 is available in three colour options - Red, Silver and Black.

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The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is backed by a comprehensive dealer and service network, which is important for a good ownership experience. Classic Legends has expanded its reach in the country, and it currently offers its products and services through over 100 outlets throughout the country. Do note that Benelli India has aggressive plans to expand its dealer network, although it’s an uphill task to keep up with an established brand like Royal Enfield.

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