Bajaj Kratos VS400- Upcoming Power Cruiser from the Company
Indian bike maker Bajaj is all set to introduce Kratos VS400 sometimes after the festive season. The name Kratos symbolises Greek God of Strength and Authority, while VS represents Vantage Sportz. This is going to be an all-new brand categorised under leisure biking and will be positioned above the Pulsar range. Apart from VS400, several new bikes will also join the Kratos brand in the future. Designed for highway cruising, the bike does not exactly resemble a conventional one but it rather falls in between the naked street-fighter and a cruiser.
The flagship model will borrow its engine and slipper-clutch unit from the KTM Duke 390 and KTM RC390. Expected to be tagged in the price range of Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 1.8 lakh, the company plans to register sales of over 10,000 units every month. Although the cruiser won’t have any direct competitors, it will be seen locking horns with the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Here’s all we know about the Bajaj Kratos VS400:
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Bajaj Kratos VS400 Expected Launch Date
Bajaj’s hot and masculine cruiser is expected to hit the Indian roads sometime in November.
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Bajaj Kratos VS400 Expected Price
We hope that the bike will be offered at affordable prices owing to the heavy localisation. If launched in the range of Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh, it will be the cheapest 300- 400 cc motorcycle in India.
> Non-ABS variant Rs 1.50 lakh
> ABS Variant Rs 1.80 lakh
Bajaj Kratos VS400 Design and Styling
The cruiser looks aggressive and sporty and is much bigger and wider than any in the Pulsar family. If you take a close look at the images, the design and styling will remind you of Ducati Diavel, while the features have been borrowed from the Pulsar 200NS. The bike will rule the segment in terms of style and it looks mostly identical to the concept displayed in 2014 Auto Expo. Of course few changes have been made to comply with the legal norms. Talking about its features, the VS400 gets a rake fascia, sweptback visor and sporty front cowl with big LED headlamps.
Based on a perimeter frame, the Kratos VS400 gets large digital display mounted on the tank for gear position and speed. The handlebar mounted digital display has a trip meter, tachometer, fuel gauge and other necessary info. The big fuel tank imparts a macho look and seems influenced from Pulsar NS200. The cruiser will be the first offering from Bajaj in the country to offer LED headlamps, turn indicators and tail-lamps. The sweptback tail section along with twin-slash LED setup on the tail-lamp resembles that of the Ducati Diavel. Other features like stepped saddle seat, and alloy wheels impart a cool look.
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Bajaj Kratos VS400 Specifications
The Bajaj VS400 will derive power from a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 373.27 cc unit that is also seen in KTM RC390 and Duke 390. The engine delivers power output of 35 bhp at 8000 rpm and peak torque of around 30 Nm and comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. The engine has been tweaked to yield higher fuel efficiency. The same powertrain kicks out 43.4 bhp on the Austrian bikes.
> Engine 373.27cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled
> Max Power 35bhp @ 8,000rpm
> Max Torque (estimated) 30Nm
> Top Speed (estimated) 150kmpl – 155kmpl
Bajaj Kratos VS400 Mileage
> Minimum 25kmpl
> Maximum 30kmpl
Bajaj Kratos VS400 Braking and Suspension
The production-spec VS400 gets regular telescopic forks upfront and mono-shock setup at the rear, unlike the USD forks upfront displayed in the concept model in Auto show. The cruiser will remain stable at high speeds owing to the chunky box-section swing-arm and long wheelbase. The bike sits on MRF RevZ C1 tyres; it comes equipped with single drilled disc brakes, mated to a single-channel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).
Bajaj Kratos VS400 Rivals
Rumors suggest that Bajaj plans to introduce the powerful cruiser in the same segment as Royal Enfield’s motorcycles in the country. It will also be seen rivalling the likes of Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT300 and KTM Duke.
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