Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Benelli Imperiale 400: Which should you buy?

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The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is one of the most popular motorcycles in the Indian market and the best selling 350 cc motorcycle in India. The manufacturer introduced a new generation of the Classic 350 in 2021, which is a big departure from the UCE Classic 350. However, there are those in this segment who may be looking for a premium motorcycle. Benelli offers the Imperiale 400 in the Indian market and some customers may cross-buy the Classic 350. Here is a comparison between the two motorcycles.

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Updated on:
May 11, 2023 at 21:00 pm


Both motorcycles feature a retro design and similar engine specifications.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Benelli Imperiale 400: Looks

In terms of appearance, both cars adopt a retro design. They have a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, a split seat setup, spoked rims and round lighting elements.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Benelli Imperiale 400: Engines

Royal Enfield is using its new J-platform engine for the Classic 350. This is the same engine that runs on the Meteor 350 and Hunter 350. However, every motorcycle is tuned differently. It puts out 20.2 hp at 6,100 rpm and 27 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The Benelli uses a 374 cc air-cooled engine producing 20.2 hp at 6,100 rpm and 27 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Both motorcycles have a 5-speed gearbox.

Also read: Super Meteor vs Interceptor: Which Royal Enfield 650 cc bike should you choose?

Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Benelli Imperiale 400: Features

Both motorcycles feature analog instrument clusters with digital readouts and hazard light switches. Imperiale’s unit also has a tachometer, but the Classic 350 has a USB port for charging mobile devices.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Benelli Imperiale 400: Prices

The Classic 350 is priced between ¥19 million and ¥221,000.On the other hand, the Benelli Imperiale 400 costs ¥235,000. All prices are ex-showroom prices.

First published date: May 11, 2023 at 21:00 PM CST

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