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Bajaj Auto has confirmed the name and launch date of its upcoming 400cc motorcycle. The flagship motorcycle will be called Dominar 400 and it will go on sale from December 15.

The name Dominar is a Spanish word meaning "to exceed in power." Debuted as Pulsar CS400 concept at Auto Expo 2016, the motorcycle was rumoured with the name Kratos VS400. Dominar is the most awaited motorcycle of the year.

Ahead of launch, Bajaj Auto started production of Dominar 400 at its Pune facility on November 18. The first batch of Dominar from the plant is managed by only female engineers.

"The Dominar 400 has already created a lot of excitement amongst bikers, which is befitting for what's going to be one of the most path breaking products in the history of the Indian motorcycle industry," said Eric Vas, president (Motorcycle Business), Bajaj Auto

The motorcycle will be powered by a 373cc fuel injected, 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.

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. Though ABS was expected as standard with Dominar 400, emerging reports indicate that 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.

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 cruiser sport bike is expected to get a price in the range of Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh, ex-showroom.