Bajaj Auto has commenced production of its new 400cc flagship motorcycle at its Pune plant from November 18. The company has kept the production name of the motorcycle a secret, yet reports indicate it will be called Dominar 400. With the Dominar 400, Bajaj Auto is foraying into the cruiser sport segment which is completely new to the Pune-based motorcycle maker. We have compiled a list of eight things you need to know about the Bajaj Auto's next offering.
-The Dominar 400 has been developed from the Pulsar CS400 concept at the Auto Expo 2014. It was rumored with the production name Kratos VS400 till recently.
-Dominar will be powered by a 373cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve triple-spark, fuel-injected mill mated to six-speed transmission. This is the same mill that also does duty in the KTM 390 Duke. The engine is expected to develop a power of 40bhp and 30Nm of peak torque in the Dominar.
-Though ABS was expected as standard with Dominar 400, it will be offered as optional only. This is a letdown when compared to the rivals but it will help the company to price the vehicle competitively.
-The upside down front forks of the Pulsar CS400 concept will make way for conventional telescopic front suspension in Dominar 400 while mono shock will take care at the rear.
-Dominar 400 will sport twin instrument console — one on the handlebar as seen in other bikes and the other on the fuel tank.
-Dominar 400 will be the first motorcycle in India to feature LED headlamp unit. The motorcycle will also come fitted with MRF Revz C1 and Revz FC1 tyres.
-Bajaj Auto has confirmed launch of the motorcycle in mid-December. It is expected to get a price in the range of Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh, ex-showroom.
-Dominar will be the new brand of Bajaj Auto that will be positioned above Pulsar and Avenger brands. Dominar will focus only on premium and more powerful motorcycles of the manufacturer.