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).

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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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ModelBenelli Imperiale 400Royal Enfield Classic 350Jawa Classic
Displacement & Type374 cc, Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, Air-cooled, 4-Valves/Cylinder, SOHC346 cc, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, twin-spark, air-cooled293 cc, Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC
Max Power21 PS at 5,500 rpm20.1 PS (19.8 bhp) at 5,250 rpm27.4 PS (27 bhp)
Peak Torque29 Nm at 4,500 rpm28 Nm at 4,000 rpm28 Nm
Length2,170 mm2,160 mmNA
Width820 mm790 mmNA
Height1,120 mm1,090 mmNA
Wheelbase1,440 mm1,390 mm1,369 mm
Seat Height780 mm800 mm765 mm
Ground Clearance170 mm135 mmNA
Fuel Tank Capacity12-litres13.5-litres14-litres
Kerb Weight205 kg194 kg170 kg
Suspension, Brakes and Tyres
Front SuspensionTelescopicTelescopicTelescopic
Rear SuspensionTwin SpringsTwin SpringsTwin Springs
Front Brake300 mm disc280 mm disc280 mm disc
Rear Brake240 mm disc240 mm discDisc
Safety NetDual-channel ABSDual-channel ABSDual-channel ABS
Front Tyre100/90 – 1990/90 – 1990/90 – 19
Rear Tyre130/80 – 18110/90 – 18120/80 – 18
Ex-showroom DelhiINR 1.69 lakhINR 1.54 lakhINR 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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