Pune-based Bajaj auto has decided to ditch the Kratos nameplate for its new motorcycle. The bike will be rebranded as the Dominar 400, and there would be another alphabet placed before the 400 model designation. However, it will not be in line with the Pulsar series - AS, NS, RS.
The new tourer is a motorcycle that Bajaj is developing for quite a while. This bike was first unveiled as the CS concept under the Pulsar banner two years back at the Auto expo. However, recently the administration at Bajaj has choses to make another brand and move away the new model from the Pulsar lineup. At that point of time, Bajaj decided to name it as VS or Vantage Sport, but soon they decided to name it as Kratos, and now the company has decided to rename it as Dominar due to copyright issues.
From now, Bajaj will sell more premium and powerful bikes under the Dominar brand, just like it sells bikes under Pulsar, Discover, Avenger and V branding. But how many motorcycles will be sold under this branding is yet to be confirmed. According to reports, the launch has been delayed due to brand issues, and it will now go on sale by mid December.
The motorcycle is powered by an already proven liquid cooled, 373.27cc, single-cylinder engine from the KTM Duke 390 and RC390. However, the engineers of Bajaj has detuned the engine to improve mileage. This engine can produce maximum power of 35 bhp at 8,000 rpm and can produce peak torque of 30Nm. A 6-speed gearbox is coupled with the engine that sends all the power to the rear wheel of the bike. Once launched, the new Bajaj will compete against the Duke 390, RC 390, RE Himalayan and Mahindra Mojo.