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    Benelli Imperiale Price Cut By Rs 10k – Thanks To Increased Localization

    Benelli Imperiale 400
    Benelli Imperiale 400 competes with the likes of Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa and Jawa Forty Two and Honda H’ness CB350

    Benelli Imperiale 400 is on display at the company’s 37th exclusive showroom under the dealership of Saraswati Automobiles. Benelli and Adishwar Auto Ride India Mahavir Group, located at Asmi Square, Siliguri, West Bengal. The company has announced a new pricing at Rs.1.89 lakhs.
    Bookings have opened at Rs.6,000 at the Siliguri showroom and orders can also be placed via the company’s website. Even as the Benelli was launched last year with a price tag of Rs.1.99 lakhs, this lower and attractive price tag has been made possible on account of increased localized content and the strengthening of the Rupee against the Dollar.
    New Price New Rivals
    Benelli Imperiale 400 competes with the Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa and Jawa Forty Two and the Honda H’ness CB350 in its segment. This cruiser bike gets three colour options of black, red and silver.
    It sports a round headlamp with chrome casing, chrome finished turn indicators and chrome accents on its tail lamp. It is built on a steel double cradle frame and shows off a peanut shaped fuel tank while seating is in a split design. The Siliguri showrooms also stocks the company merchandise and accessories.
    Benelli Dealership in Vellore
    Benelli Imperiale 400 also comes in with a two year unlimited kms warranty. This can be extended to a further two years while Benelli also offers 24×7 road side assistance as a part of its after sales service.
    Benelli Imperiale 400 Engine Lineup
    The 2021 Benelli Imperiale 400 gets its power via a 364cc, fuel injected, single cylinder, air cooled engine that offers 21 hp power at 6,000 rpm and 29 Nm torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine gets mated to a 5 speed gearbox.
    Suspension is handled by 41mm telescopic fork in the front and pre-load adjustable twin shock absorbers at the rear. Braking is via 300mm disc brake in the front and 240mm brake at the rear with dual channel ABS.
    Benelli Upcoming Launches
    Benelli currently has only 2 bikes in its portfolio in India. Benelli Imperiale 400 BS 6 which was introduced in India in 2020 while on 29th January 2021 the Benelli TRK 502 was launched at Rs.4.80 lakhs. Other model launches were delayed due to the pandemic last year and now Benelli is planning several new launches in the country.
    These will include Benelli TRK 502X with launch in March 21, while later this year the company will bring in the Benelli Leoncino 500, Benelli 302S Tourer, Benelli 302R Super sport, Benelli Leoncino 250 and the Benelli TNT 600i. More

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    2021 Benelli TRK 502 ADV Launch Price Rs 4.8 L – Bookings Open At Rs 10k

    2021 Benelli TRK 502
    BS6 updated Benelli TRK 502 is priced aggressively – This is introductory ex-sh price

    Benelli has expanded its BS6 lineup in India by introducing its adventure tourer TRK 502 in India. The updated TRK 502 has been reached dealerships across the country. The latest iteration of the tourer bike will not only have cleaner emissions but will feature several new updates.
    The middleweight ADV is priced from Rs 4.79 lakh ex-sh for the Grey colour and Rs 4.89 lakhs for the Red and White colour option. All prices are introductory, and ex-sh. TRK lineup consists of two new models- 502 and 502X, the latter being an even more off-road biased model. 502X has not been launched today, it is expected to be launched at a later date.
    Updated Design & Features
    The new 502 for India is starkly different from the updated TRK 502 which recently made its debut internationally. However, some of its design elements are borrowed from the international-spec model. For starters, the updated TRK 502 will receive reinforced aluminium frame knuckle guards, redesigned rearview mirrors and new handlebar grips.
    Furthermore, Benelli will be offering new backlit switches on handlebars for better convenience. The updated adventure motorcycle will come with a new semi-digital instrument console with an orange backlit LCD along with a white back-lit analogue tachometer.
    Mr. Vikas Jhabakh MD Benelli India with 2021 Benelli TRK 502
    Although it displays the same set of information displayed on the previous unit. Interestingly, these new updates are in line with its international sibling which debuted recently.
    Other notable changes include a new front mudguard finished in body colour instead of a blacked-out piece on the older TRK 502. Overall, design of the updated TRK 502 bears resemblance to its BS4 counterpart. Its traditional beak and seat along with the pillion grab rail and tail rack have been carried over from its predecessor.
    Although the seat’s profile is narrower and mounting for a pannier box is also different now. The new seat profile will help shorter riders manoeuvre this seemingly large bike in tight corners.
    2021 Benelli TRK 502
    Hardware carried over
    Underpinnings have been carried over from the outgoing model. Suspension setup is inverted USD forks at front and a rear mono-shock at rear. Alloy wheels wrapped around by road-biased tyres will be usual for the standard TRK 502. Stopping power will come from twin discs with radial caliper up front and a single disc at rear which will be assisted by dual-channel ABS as standard.
    Powertrain Specs & Expected Price
    The updated TRK 502 will feature the same 499.6cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine as in its predecessor although it will comply with the latest BS6 emission norms. In its BS6 guise, this powertrain will be capable enough to generate 46.8 bhp at 8,500rpm and 46 Nm at 6,000rpm. This unit will be mated to a six-speed gearbox. It is positioned between KTM 390 Adventure and Kawasaki Versys 650.
    2021 Benelli TRK 502 Specs
    Mr. Vikas Jhabakh, Managing Director, Benelli India, said, “We are delighted to introduce the BS-VI TRK 502. It is the perfect amalgamation of an innovative technological phenomenon, unmatched ergonomics, enhanced functionality and uncompromised quality. With the transition to BS-VI norms, we are confident in further strengthening our footprint in the premium touring segment.”
    He further added, “We are working towards expanding our dealership reach and will continue to add more models in the BS-VI format over the course of the year 2021, ensuring that there is something for every biking enthusiast in the Benelli portfolio.” More

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    Benelli India To Launch 7 New Motorcycles In 2021 – 250cc To 600cc Segment

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    Benelli discontinued all the models ever since BS6 emission norms kicked on April 1, 2020 and updated only offering in its portfolio- Imperiale 400

    Benelli has had a very quiet 2020 since the company hasn’t had much to celebrate about. It has only one product in its India lineup as of now, i.e., Imperiale 400. The Chinese-owned Italian bikemaker has now revealed its upcoming lineup for the Indian market which is going to comply with the latest BS6 emission norms.
    The company will launch seven new motorcycles in the coming few months probably starting from next month and going up to August 2021. These updated BS6 models are expected to witness a considerable price hike in comparison to their discontinued BS4 models somewhere between the range of Rs 20,000 – Rs 30,000.
    Benelli India Line-up for 2021
    The 2021 model lineup will include Benelli TRK 502, TRK 502X, Leoncino 250, Leoncino 500, 302S, 302R and TNT 600i. TRK 502 and TRK 502X are adventure tourer motorcycles with the former being more adept in handling hardcore off-road trails.
    The Leoncino brand is the Italian bikemaker’s range of scrambler motorcycles. Both models are similarly designed as street naked body styles with the smaller one equipped with a 250cc single-cylinder engine while the bigger one is powered by a 500c parallel-twin mill.
    BS6 Benelli Imperiale 400 on display at company showroom.
    Surprisingly Benelli has replaced TNT 300 with the new naked roadster 302S which will be powered by the same 300cc in-line two-cylinder engine which did its work in TNT 300. It will also be accompanied by its faired sibling- 302R which will be powered by a 300cc parallel-twin motor instead of an in-line two-cylinder unit.
    The brand’s flagship product TNT 600i will probably be the last of the lot which will be launched around August this year. The naked streetfighter will be powered by a 600cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC in-line four-cylinder motor.
    Other models in foray
    That’s not all, Benelli is also expected to widen its portfolio by bringing in other models such as its entry-level adventure tourer TRK 251 and its flagship ADV TRK 802 sometime at a later stage.
    TRK 802 was also stopped testing in foreign lands a few months ago. Retailed as SRB 750 in the Chinese market, TRK 802 will be powered by a 745cc, parallel-twin engine which is good enough for 76bhp and 67Nm of peak torque.
    Honestly, we expected Benelli’s flagship faired motorcycle- 600RR to be included in the lineup as it has been spotted testing on numerous occasions overseas. The motorcycle was revealed as ‘QJ SRG600’ in the Chinese market a few months ago. It will be powered by a 600cc in-line four-cylinder unit which kicks out close to 84 bhp and 54.6 Nm of peak torque while being mated to a six-speed gearbox. More

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    Benelli Leoncino 800, Trail Retro-Classic Motorcycles Unveiled

    Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail
    The Benelli Leoncino 800 twins are equipped with adjustable Marzocchi front suspension and Brembo braking system

    The middle weight retro-classic roadster segment seems to be in the vogue off late as indicated by steady inflow of new models. The Triumph Trident brought fresh energy to this segment which is currently dominated by the Ducati Scrambler family. Now, another Italian brand has joined the bandwagon with two new motorcycles.
    Benelli Leoncino 800 and Trail
    The Benelli Leoncino 800 and Leoncino 800 Trail roadsters have been unveiled to take advantage of the middle-weight boom. The road-focused Leoncino 800 adopts the nameplate’s traditional styling language with an exposed trellis frame, a slender fuel tank, a simple tailpiece and spoke wheels.
    Benelli Leoncino 800
    The oval LED headlamp with horse-shoe shaped DRL and LED blinkers attempt to bring a touch of modernity to an otherwise classic package. Of course, the front fender carries the nameplate’s quintessential lion mascot.
    The Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail on the other hand has a sportier appeal with additional bodywork. The scrambler gets high-mounted twin exhaust pipes which are protected by a silver panel that extends from the tailpiece, and a compact body colored headlamp fairing. While the Leoncino 800 employs road-friendly 17-inch wheels at either end, the Trail variant adopts a larger 19-inch unit up front. Both motorcycles are shod with dual-purpose tyres.

    The middle-weight Benelli Leoncino twins are powered by a 754 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor which develops 76 hp and 68 Nm of torque. Transmission is a 6-speed unit which is connected to the motor by means of a slipper clutch.
    The trellis frame is equipped with Marzocchi upside down front forks with rebound, compression and preload adjustments. The monoshock rear suspension offers preload adjustment. The Trail has a longer front suspension travel of 5.5 inches compared to the regular variant’s 5.1 inches. The Trail variant also has a slightly higher saddle height.

    Braking system which comprises twin front discs and a single rear unit is from Brembo. In a nutshell, the made-in-China motorcycles which are designed in Italy, do no skimp on hardware. While detailed specifications are scarce, we expect the twins to be equipped with two-channel ABS as a standard fitment.
    Benelli is yet to reveal the prices of the Leoncino 800 family. We expect it to undercut the likes of Yamaha XSR700 by a considerable margin. Market launch is expected in the first half of 2021. There is always a sizable market for a well-priced middle weight motorcycle in India, so we expect the lions to make it to our shores soon after their international debut. More

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    Benelli Imperiale 400 Diwali Offers Up To Rs 12k Announced

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    Benelli Imperiale 400 helps save over 10k if purchased this festive season

    With the ongoing festive season being hotbed for offers, Benelli India has now introduced its Diwali Sparkle Offer. This makes the Benelli Imperiale 400 an even more tempting offering. Diwali Sparkle Offer customers can own Imperiale 400 with savings up to Rs. 12,000 for the red and black colour option. It is to be noted here that the silver colour is already offered at a Rs 10k lower price as compared to the other two colours.
    Just as all good things come to an end, the festive offer is available for a limited time across all Benelli dealerships. With festive season sales sentiment always being stronger, and customers receiving more footfalls, the specially curated offer will will the manufacturer reach a wider audience, while making the value proposition on Imperiale 400 even more accessible for potential customers.
    Benelli financing option
    Benelli India has rolled out the offer in conjunction with a recently announced ‘Low EMI’ scheme of Rs. 4,999 with up to 85 percent funding. Available at a starting price of Rs. 1.99 lakhs onward, customers can book a Benelli Imperiale 400 for Rs. 6,000. Of course, this can be done online or at a dealership.
    The finance scheme is curated to be a convenience to ensure ease of purchase, which in turn would make the proposal more attractive for likely customers. This is in tandem with recent trends where finance options have been reworked to up the ease of purchase quotient keeping in mind disruption brought about by Covid-19 pandemic. The impetus is one that’ll yield positive response for bike that has already proven its popularity, having closed bookings at 4k units in 2019.

    Imperiale 400 retro-classic the manufacturer says is for ‘free spirits’, and strongly recalls brand heritage. Imperiale 400 owners are offered 3-year unlimited kms warranty, and 2-year complimentary service as standard’. 3rd-Year Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC), and 24X7 RSA service are on offer.
    Available in 3 colours, Red, Silver and Black, Imperiale 400 gets power from a SOHC, single-cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled BS6 engine with electronic FI that returns 21PS @ 6000rpm, and max torque of 29Nm @ 3500rpm.
    Benelli Imperiale 400 colours
    Of course the specially curated offer is only on the Red and Black colour option this season. Regular price applies for the Silver Imperiale. Of course, it’s most likely a blink and you miss offer considering the season of festivity is spans for only a fortnight more.
    And even as Imperiale 400 goes about creating a strong buyer base, the manufacturer finds yet another bike to contend with in the Honda CB350. The latest segment entrant proves to be yet another chose for those interested in a mid-size segment offering.
    Interestingly, the segment now appears to be a lot more sizeable with the product range now being a handful as compared to just having to buy a Royal Enfield, which was the only option until a few years ago. More

  • Benelli 600RR Fully Faired Sports Bike Debuts – India Launch Planned

    The QJ SRG600 is expected to rebadged into Benelli 600RR in various overseas markets
    The middleweight segment high performance motorcycles have been seeing increased demand. Many global manufacturers such as Honda, Triumph, Kawasaki and others will be bringing in new middleweight sports bikes in the coming months.

    Italian motorcycle brand Benelli will also introduce its highly anticipated fully-faired motorcycle- 600RR soon which is based upon the foundation laid by TNT 600. The TNT 600 went on sale in various markets earlier this year. Now, Benelli’s parent company Qianjiang Group has officially revealed its upcoming QJ SRG600 in China.
    For the uninitiated, Qianjiang Group is most likely to rebadge the SRG600 to Benelli 600RR in many international markets including India. Having taken over the Italian brand Benelli in 2005, the Chinese manufacturer has been responsible for designing and manufacturing all Benelli bikes since.

    As we already know, the upcoming 600RR or SRG600 shares underpinnings with its naked streetfighter counterpart TNT 600. It is rather a simple design considering modern fully-faired sports bikes. There are no flashy body-graphics or decals usually visible on fully-faired motorcycles on this segment. Overall it looks neat with sharp lines at front highlighted by the split headlight setup.
    Other notable highlights include a small air-intake unit which is positioned neatly underneath the headlamps, fairing-mounted rearview mirrors and a nameplate attached to the minuscule fender at rear wheel. The clip-on handlebars complemented by a sloping muscular fuel tank and rear-set footpegs suggest that the riding stance is inclined towards being an aggressive forward-leaning position. It also receives a raised windshield and blacked-out alloy wheels.
    Dynamics and Features
    While the 600RR might not be the best looking in its segment it is certainly large in size and gives out the ‘big bike’ vibe. It is built upon a trellis frame while suspension units and brakes are carried from TNT 600. Which means it gets inverted forks at front and an offset mono-shock unit at rear. Whereas anchoring duties are carried out by dual discs at front wheel and a single disc at rear wheel.
    The bike receives an all-LED lighting setup, a keyless ignition and a full-colour TFT display. To ensure better safety for riders, the SRG600 is equipped with dual-channel ABS to avoid skidding on roads in case of hard braking.
    Performance is the most crucial aspect of this middleweight sports bike. The SRG600 draws its power from a 600cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder motor, the same which powers Benelli TNT 600. This unit is capable of producing 80.4 bhp and 55 Nm of peak torque on TNT600, though output figures on SRG600 are yet to be revealed. Transmission duties will be carried out by a six-speed gearbox that gets a quick shifter.
    Will it come to India?
    Benelli has aggressive plans for India as it has already announced upgradation of seven models to BS6 emission norms. Benelli 600RR is expected to be launched in the Indian market, although there has been no word on its launch timeline yet. More

  • Benelli Imperiale 400 Launched With Rs 5k EMI – Up To 85% Funding

    On 30th Sep, Honda Motorcycle India will launch a new cruiser motorcycle – Likely rival to Benelli Imperiale 400 and Royal Enfield
    To boost sales of Imperiale 400 during the festive season, Benelli has launched an easy EMI scheme wherein users just need to pay Rs 4,999 per month. Under this scheme, customers can get funding of up to 85 percent of the bike’s cost. With this scheme, Benelli is aiming to make ownership a lot more convenient for customers.

    The plan seems especially relevant in the current scenario where a number of people have been facing financial challenges due to the global Covid-19 crisis. The company wants to ensure that the current pandemic situation does not become a hindrance to those who are interested in buying the Italian classic.
    Price and Sales
    BS6 Imperiale 400 is priced at Rs 1.99 lakh. In comparison, rivals Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Jawa are offered at a starting price of Rs 1.60 lakh and 1.73 lakh, respectively. Imperiale 400 had gotten off to a good start at the time of its launch with more than 1,200 bookings received in 10 days. By December 2019, bookings had crossed the 4k mark. After the lockdown blues, it remains to be seen if the company’s new low cost EMI scheme can help boost sales during the festive season.
    Benelli Imperiale 400 gets new White Colour in International markets
    In addition to Royal Enfield and Jawa, Benelli will soon have to contend with yet another motorcycle in the segment. Honda has announced the launch of a new cruiser motorcycle for 30th Sep. Though they have not revealed what engine size this new motorcycle will be, it is expected to be in the 300-500 cc segment.
    As may be recalled, Benelli Imperiale 400 was launched in India in October 2019. At that time, the motorcycle was aggressively priced at Rs 1.69 lakh. To make it more attractive for customers, Benelli had offered best-in-class warranty of 3 years / unlimited kilometres. Another major benefit was two years of complimentary free service. These schemes are available even with the current BS6 model that was launched earlier this year in July.
    Benelli Imperiale 400 design and styling
    Featuring smooth curves and a seamless design, Imperiale 400 is synonymous with beauty and elegance. The motorcycle derives inspiration from the Benelli-MotoBi range that was in production in the 1950s. It comes with vintage styling, as is evident in the round headlamp, teardrop shaped fuel tank and indicators, and liberal use of chrome inserts. Available colour options are Silver, Black and Red. The Black and Red variants cost Rs 10k more than the Silver variant. There is also a new White Colour on offer, but that has not been launched in India yet.

    Imperiale 400 engine
    Imperiale 400 is powered by a 374 cc, SOHC, air cooled, single cylinder engine that is capable of generating 21 ps of max power at 6000 rpm and 29 Nm of max torque at 3500 rpm. This is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and multidisc wet clutch.
    Imperiale 400 utilizes a double cradle chassis, suspended on 41mm telescopic front suspension and pre-load adjustable rear suspension. Braking system comprises 300 mm front disc and 240 mm rear disc, integrated with dual-channel ABS. The motorcycle weighs 205 kg and can store 12 litres of fuel. More

  • QJ Motor SRV500 leaked – Based on Benelli 502C sports cruiser

    Benelli India plans to launch the Ducati XDiavel-like 502C as a compelling alternative to Royal Enfield’s 650 Twins
    Italian-origin two-wheeler maker Benelli, now under China’s Zhejiang Qianjiang Group, has had the 502C sports cruiser for quite some time. Back in August last year, Benelli India had confirmed that it would launch the 502C within a few months from then. However, COVID-19 pandemic delayed operations and like every other major automaker, the company had to reschedule its product strategies.

    Now, a badge-engineered 502C avatar from QJ Motor (another subsidiary of Zhejiang Qianjiang Group) has popped up on the internet. Dubbed QJ SRV500, the sports cruiser appears to be a bit different from the original donor motorcycle. For starters, it looks a bit less sporty compared to the Benelli 502C and feels like a toned-down twin-cylinder cruiser.
    One has to be a hardcore Benelli fan to deny the 502C’s disturbing resemblance to the Ducati XDiavel. Motorcycle communities across the world, especially fans of the iconic Italian brand, were furious at the fact that Benelli could not come up with an original design language. This is not the first time ‘certain’ Chinese automakers have blatantly copied popular European product designs.
    Major changes compared to the Benelli 502C
    The upcoming QJ SRV500 is built around a new frame, rides on a larger front wheel (18-inch rather than 17-inch), has a lower pillion seating configuration, wears a single front disc, gets conventional telescopic forks (in place of USD units) and box-type swingarm (the 502C receives a tubular example), etc. Most importantly, it looks less “inspired” by the Ducati XDiavel and weighs roughly 20kg lower, at 198kg.
    Rumours suggest that this version will eventually debut with a Benelli badge as a lower variant of the 502C. Such a model could become a considerable value-for-money proposition in India as well.
    If launched in India, it will be a decent alternative to Royal Enfield’s 650 Twins. The 502C or SRV500 can also be substantially cheaper than entry-level models from premium brands such as Harley-Davidson (almost on the verge of ending local production) and Triumph Motorcycles (launched the BS6 Street Twin earlier this month).
    Engine & specs
    Powering the Benelli 502C is a 500cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin engine good for about 47bhp @ 8,500rpm and 45Nm @ 5,000rpm. This is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Considering the extent of cost-cutting done on the QJ SRV500, we expect its power plant to churn out slightly less.
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