Is the Bajaj Dominar 400 Better VFM than the Pulsar RS200?


Bajaj has upped the ante with the new Dominar 400. But this isn’t the first time that the popular Indian bike maker has decided to usher in a sporty, performance-oriented motorcycle at an almost unbelievably low price point. The Pulsar range has been the choice of most performance junkies on a budget. The RS200, which is the flagship of the Pulsar range, delivers a high performance, confident handling and an overall sporty ride experience. But a question that’s currently on everyone’s mind is if the Dominar 400 has really taken the performance game several notches higher than the RS200. Here we have a detailed comparison of the latest Bajaj with the best in the Pulsar line up. Read on for our Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200 comparison post-

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200

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Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200 – Price Comparison

Bajaj Dominar 400  Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Std- Rs 1.36 Lakh

ABS- Rs 1.50 Lakh

Std- Rs 1.22 Lakh

ABS- Rs 1.35 Lakh

Like we said, the Dominar 400 has been launched at a really attractive price point. On sale for Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom), the Dominar 400 has made all other bikes in its segment look grossly overpriced. However, an ultra competitive pricing has always been BAL’s forte. Even the Pulsar RS200, which comes with class-leading performance and features, is priced rather lucratively at Rs 1.22 Lakh. So, basically, both the Bajaj bikes here are well priced. However, in terms of sheer value for money, the Dominar 400 is absolutely unbeatable. For the slight premium it commands over the RS200, it offers several more horses, and more bells and whistles, too.

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200 – Specs Comparison

  Bajaj Dominar 400  Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Engine Displacement 373.3 cc, single cylinder, fuel injected, Liquid Cooled 199.5 cc, single cylinder, fuel injected, Liquid Cooled
Power 35 PS @ 9,000 rpm 25 PS @ 9,750 rpm
Torque 35 Nm@ 7,000 rpm 18.6 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed Manual with Slipper Clutch 6-Speed Manual
Mileage  30 kmpl 36 kmpl
Top Speed 148 kmph 135 kmph
0-60 km/h 2.8 seconds 3.5 seconds
Brakes Disc (Front and Rear) Disc (Front and Rear)
ABS Optional Dual Channel ABS Optional Single Channel ABS
Suspension Front – Telescopic Forks; Rear – Monoshock Front – Telescopic Forks; Rear – Monoshock

The Dominar 400 offers the maximum bang for the buck. It’s not only more powerful and faster than the Pulsar RS200, it also offers larger brakes with a Dual Channel ABS. For the record, the RS200 is available only with a Single Channel ABS.

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200 – Mileage Comparison

Bajaj Dominar 400 Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Mileage 30 KMPL 36 KMPL

Thanks to a smaller engine and lower kerb weight, the RS200 ends up being significantly more frugal.

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200 – Top Speed Comparison

Bajaj Dominar 400 148 KMPH
Bajaj Pulsar RS200 135 KMPH

The Dominar 400 is more powerful than the RS200. No surprise then, that, the Dominar 400 has a higher top speed as well. However, the RS200 can achieve 135 KMPH, which is respectable for a bike of its segment.

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200 – Dimensions Comparison

Following is a quick comparison of the dimensions of the Bajaj Dominar 400 and Bajaj Pulsar RS200.

  Bajaj Dominar 400  Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Length 2156 mm 1999 mm
Width 813 mm 810 mm
Seat Height 780 mm 800 mm

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200 Features Comparison

Both the Bajaj bikes here are loaded to the brim with many bells and whistles. However, the Dominar 400, being a pricier and a more premium offering, gets more features. Here is the list of features that the Dominar has over the Bajaj Pulsar RS200.

  • LED Headlamps
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Dual Channel ABS
  • All Digital Speedo
  • New Design Alloy Wheels

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Pulsar RS200 Comparison Verdict

We always knew the Dominar 400 is more powerful and a more modern product than the RS200. This post, whilst acknowledging all the qualities of the Dominar, tries to analyze if the premium the Dominar 400 commands is justified.

  • Design – Looks are subjective. The Dominar looks very modern, but the RS200 has the quintessential half fairing.
  • Specifications – The Dominar 400 offers significantly more power and a much higher top speed whilst costing only marginally more.
  • Price – At roughly Rs 1.35 lakh, the non-ABS Dominar 400 costs almost the same as the ABS-equipped Pulsar RS200. However, save for the absence of ABS, the base Dominar 400 turns out to be a more VFM than the RS200 ABS model.

Our Verdict? The Bajaj Dominar 400 is a great buy. It is easily the most VFM offering from Bajaj yet.

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