The main differences between the Limited Edition
and the Novocento are Marzocchi forks and an Extreme tech shock,
rather than Ohlins, and new rear subframe that now can carry a
pillion. Benelli have fitted their own alloys instead of the ultra
light Marchesini wheels, but even here the style is the same so
you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between them.
They have also taken the full carbon-fibre bodywork off and replaced
it with plastic, making the new bike a little heavier at 198kg
instead of the original 185kg for the Limited Edition. The Novecento
now has a conventional wet clutch instead of the dry race type
clutch fitted to the Ltd Edition. With this type of clutch the
clutch plates sit in a pool of oil, it does have an added advantage
though making the bike quieter and a lot easier to use. The engines
in both models remain the same, an 898cc in-line 3cyl unit giving
141bhp and a claimed 75lb-ft at 8500rpm.