Bajaj Dominar 400
Bajaj Dominar 400Bajaj Auto

The Dominar 400 is finally official in India. The two-year-long wait came to a close on December 15 as the most powerful bike of Bajaj Auto made its grand enviable entry into the Indian market. The Dominar 400, the power cruiser which began its journey as the Pulsar CS400 concept at the Auto Expo 2014, is Bajaj's answer to the Chennai-based niche-bike maker Royal Enfield.

Bajaj Dominar 400 price

The Dominar 400 is offered in two variants. While the disc brake variant has been priced at Rs 1.37 lakh, the twin-channel ABS variant gets a sticker price of Rs 1.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Bengaluru). Has it been priced competitively? Yes, Bajaj has done the magic again. The Dominar 400, which Bajaj expects to dominate the 'night', has clearly won the biking enthusiasts hearts with its unbelievable price tag.

Now what remains to be seen is whether this will reflect in the sales of the Dominar 400. Industry watchers say that although Bajaj has managed to get the pricing right, it is not going to be easy for the company to break away the lead of Royal Enfield.

 Bookings, sales and expectations

The Dominar 400 is open for bookings online for a down-payment of Rs 9,000 and the deliveries are expected to begin from January 2017. Bajaj aims to sell 7,000-10,000 units of the Dominar 400 per month and the export of the new bike is expected to begin from February. On the other hand, Royal Enfield, which is currently the dominant power in this segment with over 80 percent of market shares, sells over 50,000 units monthly.

Dominar 400: a quick glance at the bike 

Bajaj Dominar 400
Bajaj Dominar 400PR Handout

The first 400cc offering of Bajaj hosts several first-in-class segment features like full LED headlamp, which claims to make the bike visible from a distance of 1.5km. It gets 43mm telescopic front forks with adjustable mono-shock at the rear. Power comes from a 373.3cc 4-valve DTS-i liquid-cooled engine that churns out 34bhp and 35Nm of torque and it propels itself from 0 to 100 kmph in just 8.23 seconds. It rides on 110/70-17 at the front and 150/60-17 tubeless at the rear. It boasts a fuel tank of 13-litre and features 6-speed gearbox, slipper clutch and AHO. The bike comes in three paint jobs – Twilight Plum, Midnight Blue and Moon White.