Bajaj Kratos VS400 is expected to reach showrooms by November; will herald a new premium brand and comes powered by Duke 390’s engine
Bajaj Auto is known for introducing its bikes under aggressive strategies which paid them dividends to a larger extend ever since the Pulsar range came into existence in the beginning of last decade. The KTM-owner has concentrated the international markets on equal measure as well as the locally produced Bajaj and KTM models are well received overseas due to their affordability and performance.
The Pune-based two-wheeler manufacturer currently has the RS200 fully-faired motorcycle as its flagship model but to achieve more success in the higher categories it is setting up a launch pad through a new brand called Kratos. In Greek mythology, Kratos refers to power and strength as the nomenclature will likely be used for the future products in the budding premium segments.
The emergence of a new brand, with an all-new 400cc sports cruiser, has come as a surprise considering the popularity of the Pulsar moniker. In the conceptual form, the CS (Cruiser Sport) 400 did debut at the 12th edition of Auto Expo badged as Pulsar. But as the market has grown tremendously and tables have turned, Bajaj has alternatives planned courtesy of the new brand.
We have spotted a test mule of the Kratos VS400 ahead of its showroom appearance sometime in November this year and is likely to be priced affordably between Rs. 1.6 and 1.8 lakh. The Bajaj Kratos 400 premium motorcycle will derive power from a single-cylinder, four-valve, 373.2 cc engine that currently does duty in the KTM Duke 390.
It will be liquid-cooled and fuel injected to produce a power output 35 PS at 8,000 rpm – 9 PS lesser than the KTM 390 twins. It will come paired to a six-speed manual gearbox and the engine could be tuned to deliver fuel economy of around 30 kmpl. It could hit a top speed of 175 kmph.
It will feature LCD display on the fuel tank and digital instrument cluster as seen on the concept. Gear shift indicator with white backlight, stepped saddle seat instead of split seats, sculpted tank, body cowls are some of the other expected elements on the Kratos 400.
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