Bajaj VS400 to debut as new brand to compete against the motorcycles under Royal Enfield badge; powered by 35 PS 373.2 cc engine
It’s well known that Bajaj is all pumped to launch the all-new VS400 cruiser to compete against the likes of RE Classic 350, Mahindra Mojo and RE Himalayan. However, reports have started to emerge that VS400 will announce a new brand when it enters showrooms across the country supposedly in November. It will be an affordable offering and will kick-start a fresh segment and will come strapped with a 400 cc engine.
This means that the Pulsar range will continue to have the existing models with the RS200 fully-faired bike currently as the flagship version. By the end of this year, the updated avatars of 150, 180 and 220 have been said to arrive as well. Autocar says the naked VS400 cruiser will primarily target the segment share garnered by Royal Enfield.
The Bajaj VS 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 generate a power output 35 PS at 8,000 rpm – 9 PS lesser than the KTM 390 twins. It will come coupled with a six-speed manual transmission and the engine could be tuned to deliver fuel economy of around 30 kmpl.
It could hit a top speed of 175 kmph. Bajaj debuted the CS400 concept at the 2014 edition of the Indian Auto Expo. It was showcased alongside the Pulsar SS400 fully-faired performance motorcycle that spawned the now-range-topping RS200 with most of the styling bits carried over from the concept.
It will have large alloy wheels, drilled disc brakes up front and at the back. Unlike the single channel ABS offered as optional in the RS200, the VS 400 may opt for a dual channel unit. It is expected to br priced between Rs. 1.6 and 1.8 lakh rupees.
It will share components with the KTM Duke 390 that received fabulous response not only in India but also worldwide. The Bajaj Pulsar VS400 has 200NS’ silhouette with bold and large headlamps. Unlike the clip-on in the RS200 for better long commuting, the VS will come with flat handlebar. It will feature LCD display on the fuel tank and digital instrument cluster as seen on the concept.
Gear shift indicator with white backlight, sculpted tank, stepped saddle seat instead of split seats, body cowls are some of the other features expected on the VS400. The front suspension will be telescopic fork with monoshock setup at the rear.
Source: Autocar India