Classic bike for free spirits that strongly recalls the heritage of the Company of the Leoncino. This is the Imperiale 400, the Benelli motorcycle with a classic taste, which after being presented last year as a concept is now being readied for its début on the European market in early 2019. Imperiale 400 is a reinterpretation of a historical model of the Benelli-MotoBi range produced in the 1950s. An authentic bike with a pure spirit that today finds its essence in an elegant, modern, retro motorcycle.
The beating heart of the Imperiale 400 is the new single-cylinder, four-stroke, aircooled engine with a single overhead camshaft timing system and electronic fuel injection offering maximum fuel economy in any riding conditions. Its maximum power is 20.4 hp (15.5 kW) at 5500 rpm, with torque of 28 Nm (2.95 kgm) at 3500 rpm.
Extremely easy to ride and handle, the Imperiale 400 has a compact and durable double cradle frame made of steel tubes and plates. The front suspension features a telescopic fork with legs having a 41 mm diameter and 110 mm travel, while the rear has a swinging arm with double shock absorber and travel of 65 mm. The design of the exhaust and the chrome inserts accentuate the vintage style of this new Benelli motorcycle, reinforced by the round front headlight – typically retro – and the teardrop tank, which bring out the motorcycle's true essence.
The effective and balanced braking system of the Imperiale 400 features a 300 mm diameter disc on the front with two-piston floating calliper and a 240 mm disc with single-piston calliper at the rear, thus ensuring full control of the bike. The aluminium alloy rims have different diameters: 19" on the front end, 18" on the back, respectively mounting 110/90 and 130/80 tyres.
Imperiale 400, offered in black, red and silver, will be available starting next spring. The price is yet to be determined.