Following its debut more than two years ago at the 2014 Auto Expo, the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 will finally hit showrooms as the Dominar 400. The VS400 will become Bajaj’s most powerful and most expensive bike yet. One of its direct rivals will be the KTM Duke 390, which, interestingly, is a very close relative of the CS400 aka VS400. Both bikes will be manufactured at Bajaj’s facility in Chakan near Pune. Read our Bajaj Pulsar (Dominar) VS400 vs KTM 390 Duke comparison story here to find out how these two motorcycles compare with each other
Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (Dominar 400) vs KTM 390 Duke Comparison of Price
|Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (Dominar 400) Estimated Price||KTM 390 Duke Ex-Showroom Delhi Price|
|INR 1.8 lakhs||INR 1.95 lakhs|
As is the case with other models in the Pulsar lineup, the Dominar 400 too will be priced lower than the comparable KTM model, which happens to be the 390 Duke. It is likely to cost INR 1.8 lakhs for the ABS variant. In comparison, the KTM 390 Duke with ABS as standard costs INR 1.95 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (Dominar 400) vs KTM 390 Duke Comparison of Specifications
|Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (Dominar 400) est.||KTM 390 Duke|
|Engine Displacement||373 cc, single cylinder, fuel injected, liquid-cooled||373 cc, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injected, Liquid Cooled|
|Power||35 PS @ 9,000 rpm||44 PS @ 9,500 rpm|
|Torque||35 Nm@ 7,000 rpm||35 Nm @ 7,250 rpm|
|Mileage||30 kpl||25 kmpl|
|Top Speed||155 kmph||165 kmph|
|0-60 km/h||2.8 seconds (est.)||2.60 seconds|
|Brakes||Front – 300 mm Disc|
Rear – 230 mm Disc
|Front – 300 mm Disc|
Rear – 230 mm Disc
|Suspension||Front – Telescopic Forks|
Rear – Monoshock
|Front – Inverted Telescopic Forks|
Rear – Monoshock
Bajaj Pulsar VS400 will share its engine with the KTM 390 Duke. However, it will feature Bajaj’s Triple Spark technology and it will be retuned to suit the cruiser nature of the VS400. Maximum power output of the Pulsar is significantly lower than that of the Duke. Expect higher torque at a lower rpm and a more linear power delivery. Also, fuel mileage of the VS400 could be higher than the 390 Duke’s.
Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (Dominar 400) vs KTM 390 Duke Mileage Comparison
|Bajaj Pulsar VS400||KTM 390 Duke|
|Mileage||30 kpl (est.)||26 kmpl|
Although the 30 kpl figure is just an estimate, we’re almost certain the Pulsar VS400 will be more fuel efficient than the KTM 390 Duke.
Pulsar VS400 (Dominar 400) vs KTM 390 Duke Top Speed Comparison
|Bajaj Pulsar VS400 Top Speed||155 KMPH|
|KTM 390 Duke Top Speed||165 KMPH|
The VS400 (CS400)’s lower power will lead to a lower top speed. We expect a max. speed of 155 KMPH. In comparison, the 390 Duke easily breaches the 160 KMPH figure. Its top speed is close to 165 KMPH.
Bajaj Pulsar VS400 vs KTM 390 Duke Duke Dimensions
Here’s a comparison of the dimensions of the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (CS400) and KTM 390 Duke.
|Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (estimated)||KTM 390 Duke|
|Length||2100 mm||2145 mm|
|Width||800 mm||760 mm|
|Seat Height||780 mm||800 mm|
Official figures for the VS400 are unavailable as of now. The ones you see in the table above are estimates.
Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (CS400) vs KTM 390 Duke – Design & Features
Although the two bikes share the same heart, when it comes to styling, they couldn’t look more different. The KTM 390 Duke scores very high in terms of pure eyeball grabbing ability. It flashy colour scheme, sharp lines and minimal bodywork make it instantly recognisable as a KTM product. The Bajaj Pulsar VS400 (CS400) sports a less aggressive, cruiser look reminiscent of the Ducati Diavel. Unlike the Duke, the Pulsar will not get any flashy body graphics or a dual tone colour scheme. It will feature certain interesting bits such as a full-LED headlight, LED tail light and an all-digital speedo console.
The KTM Duke 390 is likely to get a replacement next year and if the spy images are anything to go by, it will look even more aggressive. Both bikes feature black alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, pilot lamp, digital speedo and more. KTM offers the Duke 390 in only two colours – black and white. Expect Bajaj to offer 4 to 5 colour options for the CS400.
Bajaj Pulsar VS400 vs KTM 390 Duke – Verdict
Bajaj’s upcoming Pulsar will be more suited to cruising rather than outright performance. Expect it to be cheaper than the Duke 390. Pricing will play a major factor in determining how customers react to its launch in India.
Design – Looks are a matter of personal taste. While the KTM 390 Duke looks edgy and flashy, the Pulsar VS400 (CS400) looks more mature and muscular.
Specifications – In terms of specifications, both bikes share the same engine. However, the Pulsar is likely to produce peak torque at a lower rpm. Also, power output of the Pulsar is lower than that of the KTM Duke.
Price – Bajaj will price the upcoming Pulsar VS400 below the KTM 390 Duke. However, the price difference will be only around 15,000 to 20,000 Rupees.
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