The production-ready version of the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 Concept has been clicked up close without any camouflage once again. This new Bajaj motorcycle, will be the brand’s flagship two-wheeler globally and it will not be launched under the Pulsar nameplate, confirmed their MD, Mr Rajiv Bajaj.
Reportedly, this new brand under which the Pulsar CS400 concept will be launched, is called KRATOS. It is not clear as to what Kratos means in Bajaj terminology, but as per wikipedia it means- “it is a video game character from Sony Santa Monica’s God of War series, which is loosely based on Greek mythology.”
Spied undisguised in Leh last month, where it was being shot for print and TV campaigns, at that time the bike was wearing Pulsar nameplate on the tank and a VS400 badge at the rear. This, and the leaked brochure scans led us to believe that the name of the new Bajaj 400 cc is Pulsar VS400.
But as per a recent interview in which Rajiv Bajaj said that – launching a 400 cc motorcycle under the Pulsar brand is as good as launching a 150 cc Royal Enfield motorcycle. So it seems that the naming strategy was changed last minute.
Now, Instagram user imtheindianbiker has posted a photo of this new Bajaj 400 cc bike (Kratos VS400 or Kratos 400) when it was being tested off-road. This latest spy shot is devoid of any brand name, neither Pulsar nor Kratos. Another thing worth noting is that this is a base variant, non ABS version. (The one spied earlier was with dual channel ABS)
Once launched, Kratos 400 will become the fastest, the most powerful and the most expensive Bajaj motorcycle till date. With a semi low-slung stance, the latest Pulsar wants to be a power cruiser.
Targeting touring enthusiasts, the Bajaj Kratos 400 will be aiming to offer relaxed riding position, comfortable ride, and effortless mile-munching capabilities. It aims to deliver the best traits of traditional motorcycles and cruisers in a single package.
The design remains identical to the concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2014 but there are a few changes like the front suspension system which is a regular telescopic fork (concept used USD fork), split seats, etc. The motorcycle employs LED headlights, fully digital instrument console with auxiliary display on the fuel tank, front and rear disc brakes (with optional ABS), meaty tyres and LED taillights.
Nothing much about the engine is known as of now but it’s reasonable to expect Bajaj to borrow KTM’s much appreciated 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. We expect the motor to employ Bajaj’s patented triple spark technology. Power output is estimated to be around 40 PS.
The Bajaj CS400 is expected to be priced around INR 1.5 lakhs. It will rival the likes of Mahindra Mojo, Royal Enfield Himalayan, KTM Duke 390, etc.