Kratos VS400, the new flagship model from Pune-based two-wheeler maker Bajaj, is poised for its market launch in India in November, shortly after the festive season. The launch of the Kratos VS400 will bring down the curtain on the two-year long wait of the bike lovers for this power cruiser.
Bajaj first showcased the Kratos VS400 as Pulsar CS400 (Cruiser Sport) concept at the Auto Expo 2014. The model has gone under the radar numerous times since then and the company is currently putting final touches on the model. For Bajaj, the Kratos VS400 is a crucial launch as it is expected to enter a new territory, which is currently being dominated by Royal Enfield.
Although there is no major detour from the concept that was showcased at the auto show two years ago, the final production of the Kratos VS400 does sport some changes. The cruiser now gets twin instrument console — one on the handlebar as seen in other bikes and the other on the fuel tank -- and the upside down front forks of the bike have been replaced by conventional telescopic front suspension. The braking duties in the new Kratos VS400 will be taken care of by disc brakes at the front and rear and the power cruise will come equipped with ABS. While we hear that there will be two variants on offer -- with ABS and without -- nothing has been confirmed yet.
The Kratos VS400, which is also known as Pulsar VS400, is expected to be powered by a 373cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve triple-spark, fuel-injected mill mated to six-speed transmission. The engine is expected to pump in a power of 40bhp and 30Nm of peak torque. The Kratos VS400 is also rumoured to get a base variant with 34bhp of power.
Bajaj is expected to price the Kratos VS400 starting at Rs 1.7 lakh and is expected be introduced as a new sub-brand. There have also been reports that the Kratos VS400 could also spawn more models in the coming future.