Most expensive, powerful Bajaj ever with 35 PS of power on board, thanks to KTM Duke 390 sourced BS 4 engine.
It’s Spanish. ‘Dominar’ means ‘to dominate’. Bajaj Auto has launched its flag-ship 400-spec class sportbike ‘Dominar’ today, with a price tag of INR 1.36 Lakh for the standard trim and INR 1.50 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the ABS variant. It will be offered in 3 paint schemes – Midnight Blue, Twilight Plum and Moon White. The all-new bike has garnered high expectations in the market like never before, both on the home-grown brand and on the model as well. With smart pricing and attractive styling, the Dominar 400 seems to have hit the right cord to become a popular ‘sport-cruiser’ in India.
Let’s begin with the styling. The Dominar 400 renders a unique muscular styling, something we have never seen in any Bajaj bikes so far, not even the Pulsar RS 200. That’s precisely why the company has given the bike a new nameplate, as against ‘Pulsar’ VS 400 branding. More models in the new Dominar sub-brand are likely in the years to come. The attention-grabbing styling elements includes the sharper-looking headlamp with integrated LED-DRLs (first time in an Indian-made bike), blackened under body flaring below engine, and dark-grey finish panels supplementing the stylish exhaust pipe.
The new bike measures 2,156 mm long, 813 mm wide, and 1,112 mm high, with a wheelbase of 1,453 mm. The ride height is pegged at 157 mm. It sits on a beam-type perimeter body frame, and weighs 157 kgs. The bike features 43 mm telescopic fork suspension up front, while a multi-step adjustable mono shocker takes care of the rear suspension. Both the wheels sport 17-inch MRF Revz C1 and Revz FC1 tyres respectively.
Powering the new bike is a 373.3 cc DTS-i triple spark, 4-valve single cylinder engine, with closed fuel injection technology and liquid cooling system. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox featuring slipper clutch. With a power rating of 35 PS at 8,000 rpm and 35 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, the Dominar 400 can hit 0-100 kmph in just 8.23 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 148 kmph.
Although not a standard feature, the high-end ABS variant features dual-channel ABS braking on both the wheels, supplementing the 320 mm front and 230 mm rear disc brakes. This is again the first Bajaj bike to feature twin-channel ABS. The Dominar’s instrumentation cluster is all-digital, along with an info panel right on the fuel tank. The package also includes auto headlamp on feature with balanced white lighting.
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The Dominar 400 will find hard to take on the likes of the new KTM Duke 390 and the BMW G 310 GS, both due next year for launch in India. Other competitors from the price point includes Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo, RE Classic 350, and Benelli TNT 25.
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