The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 has been generating hype ever since its unveiling at the 2014 auto expo and it’s finally about to hit Indian roads by the end of 2016. The production version of the flagship sports-tourer (which will be the most powerful offering from Bajaj Auto) has been dubbed the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 and it’s expected to go on sale in this quarter.
This change in name was revealed by a leaked brochure and an ARAI certificate report (both unconfirmed) which also gave away the key specifications of the Bajaj Pulsar VS400. The brochure shows the latest Pulsar in a wonderful blue colour and the VS400 badge is prominently displayed on the panels under the pillion seat. The ARAI certificate (dated July 23, 2016) states that the bike which is known as the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 will be powered by the same 373.27 cc engine that features on the bonkers KTM Duke 390.
However the engine on the new Pulsar is slightly de-tuned to produce 27.54 KW of power against the KTM’s output of 32.4 KW (43.5 bhp). The torque figures are undisclosed as of now, but we can expect them to be on the higher side as the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 is meant to be a versatile sports bike with proper touring capabilities.
The leaked brochure and certificate have still left us in the dark regarding the exact technical features of the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 but we do know that the bike will be equipped with a host of tech including an all-digital instrument console and a fuel tank mounted digital display, dual channel ABS, split seats, telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear suspension setup as well as a stubby side mounted exhaust.
The new Bajaj Pulsar VS400 is targeting those bikers who want a sporty and stylish bike that serves their purpose for daily commute without too much trouble and can also be let loose on the highways during those long road trips. While there are already bikes that fit this description, they fall into one of two categories – premium sportbikes from the likes of Kawasaki and Ducati or the ever popular Royal Enfields. The first segment happens to be way out of budget for the average biker whereas no Royal Enfield bike can lay a claim on being the fastest road trip machine made. This is the gap that Bajaj Auto will be looking to bridge with the launch of the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 and judging by what we’ve seen until now, it can certainly accomplish this in some style.
What do you think about the new Bajaj Pulsar VS400? Will it be a good option for road trip enthusiasts? Let us know in the comments below.