The Bajaj Dominar 400 is going to launch on 15 December 2016, after what seems like the longest time and endless speculations and rumours. It is a long-awaited launch for fans of the Bajaj Pulsar series, but the Dominar 400 is surprisingly not going to be a part of the Pulsar family. This is one of several changes that Bajaj Auto has made since the debut of what was then called the Pulsar CS 400 cruising concept in the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Testing began in earnest only in April 2016, two years after the concept debuted. That is quite a long development period for a motorcycle. In September, head honcho Rajiv Bajaj announced a completely new brand name for what will be the two-wheeler manufacturer’s biggest and most powerful bike yet. Set to compete against other powerful tourers like the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, here is a look at what else has changed from the CS 400 to the Dominar 400. Also Read: Bajaj Dominar 400 Launch on Schedule Despite Demonetisation
A new moniker was coined, the Bajaj Kratos 400 (Kratos meaning God of War). While the new name was in line with the bike’s overall design language, media reports suggested that the new bike will be rebranded to Bajaj Dominar 400 as a result of copyright issues. The Dominar name comes from Spanish, meaning To Dominate and the ‘r’ suffix is inspired from the Pulsar legend. From the concept version of the Pulsar CS400 to the production ready Bajaj Dominar 400, a lot has been changed in the bike. Here we list out what’s different between the Pulsar CS400 and the Dominar 400.
Name – Being a touring motorcycle, the bike has been rebranded from being the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 to Pulsar VS400 (VS- Vantage Sport). This was later changed to Bajaj Kratos 400 in order to position it as a completely new brand to rival the Royal Enfield Thunderbird. This has been further changed to Bajaj Dominar 400 as a result of copyright issues. Read More: Bajaj Dominar 400 aka Kratos production begins ahead of mid December Launch
Design – While the overall design is similar to the concept, the Dominar 400 gets slightly different dual instrument cluster with repositioned dials and gauges. The bike sports new split seats, slightly redesigned front mudguard along with new rear grab rails and rear fender.
Engine – The Bajaj Dominar 400 is powered by the same 373cc single cylinder engine that powers the KTM Duke 390. While the power figures were not revealed on the Pulsar CS400, a recent leak suggests that the Bajaj Dominar 400 will produce 34.5 BHP of maximum power. Also Read: New Bajaj Pulsar 2017 Range Teased Ahead of Launch
Mechanicals – The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 Concept came equipped with Upside down forks at front along with dual channel ABS as standard. The Dominar 400 on the other hand, comes equipped with telescopic front forks while the bike will get dual channel ABS as optional.
Overall, the Bajaj Dominar 400 is a very appealing package from the Pune-based bike maker. The Dominar 400 will compete against the Royal Enfield Thunderbird, Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT 300 and the upcoming BMW G 310 R. The bike is expected to be priced in the range of INR 1.5 lakh to INR 1.6 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Bajaj Dominar 400 is expected to be launched in India by mid-December 2016 while deliveries might begin from January 2017.