Bajaj Dominar 250 is based on the Dominar 400, but is a more affordable variant. Just like Pulsar brand, Bajaj plans to launch multiple variants of Dominar in the future, starting with D250.
The Bajaj Dominar 250 has been in the works for quite sometime now and we recently reported that the quarter liter variant has passed all the requisite ARAI tests. A production-ready prototype was also spotted testing in public recently.
Speaking to The Hindu Businessline, Bajaj Auto’s MD Rajiv Bajaj has hinted that the new Bajaj Dominar 250 is set to be launched next month. He actually confirmed that the the 250 cc variants of Husqvarnas are getting ready and something similar will happen with the Dominar next month.
The Dominar 250 is described as an exercise to make the company’s flagship motorcycle nameplate more accessible to interested buyers. The quarter liter motor in question will be based on the KTM Duke’s unit but we expect Bajaj to implement its triple-spark technology and tune the motor to suit the Dominar’s touring friendly character. The KTM motor is liquid-cooled and is good for 31 hp and 24 Nm of torque. We expect the Bajaj version to be tuned down considerably.
As far as visual changes go, we don’t expect the entry-level Dominar to look very different from its sibling. New colour themes and decals are possible. Closer observation of the test mule revealed that Dominar 250 adopts a box-section swing arm, smaller front disc, smaller tyres and a tweaked chain cover.
Given that rest of the package looks identical, we don’t expect the 250 cc Bajaj Dominar to be significantly lighter than the 400 cc variant. According to our sources, the new motorcycle is lighter only by 600 grams. Given that the Dominar 400 weighs 184 kg, the 250 cc model would be at a significant power-to-weight ratio disadvantage compared to its rivals.
Speaking of rivals, the Bajaj Dominar 250 will be pitted against the likes of Yamaha FZ25, Suzuki Gixxer, KTM Duke 250, and to some extent, the TVS Apache RR 310. Bajaj Auto will be counting on the benefits of economies of scale to arrive at an aggressive price point for its latest motorcycle.
The Bajaj Dominar 400, despite having an attractive design and premium features, didn’t really set the sales chart on fire. The company would be hoping that the more affordable 250 cc variant will bring in the much needed volumes.