Bajaj Pulsar VS 400 – production name of the CS400 concept
Remember the naked street fighter concept named CS 400 that Bajaj Auto showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo, and then returned with it in the 2014 Auto Expo? Well, looks like the Indian two-wheeler automaker is coming with a production model of the CS 400 concept, which will officially be named the Bajaj Pulsar VS 400. So yes, moths of speculations, spyshots and rumours have finally been done away after a new set of images recently surfaced on the Internet. The new show a single unit of the production bike, which adorns the legendary ‘Pulsar’ tag on the fuel tank, and the VS 400 badge placed on the rear fender, below the pillion’s seat. This thus confirms the production bike’s name to be the Bajaj Pulsar VS 400.
Additionally, one more image has been revealed on the Internet, that showcases a document that has the ARAI logo on the top-left corner. This indicates that the document in question is an ARAI certification for the Pulsar VS 400. This image showcases that the bike will be equipped with a 373.27 cc engine, which will essentially be the same mill that powers the KTM Duke 390 and RC 390. But somehow Bajaj seems to have detuned the engine to develop 34.5 BHP @ 8,000 rpm, instead of the 43 BHP figure that the same engine develops under the KTM siblings. This power figure also indicates that the Pulsar VS 400 mileage will be a lot better than its KTM counterparts.
Bajaj Auto had earlier indicated its plans to launch new models with the ‘V’ badge, and the VS 400 might be the second product to be launched in the V line up, after the V15. With the launch, the VS 400 will become the fastest Pulsar in India, and also Bajaj’s highest capacity motorcycle ever produced.
Bajaj Pulsar VS 400 Launch date
The Pulsar VS 400 is expected to launch in the next couple of months, i.e., in September and October 2016. This launch window has been categorically selected in order to undercut the upcoming festive season, as during this period multiple customers enter the market to select their next set of wheels. Bajaj does wants to benefit from this flood of customers during the festive season by making the Pulsar VS 400 on all dealerships prior to November.
Bajaj Pulsar VS 400 price in India
Bajaj is expected to be launch the VS 400 Pulsar with two variants: one with ABS and the other without ABS. While the entry-level variant is expected to be priced at around Rs 1.5 lakh, the higher ABS variant will cost closer to Rs 1.8 lakh. (All prices ex-showroom).
|Non-ABS variant||Rs 1.50 lakh|
|ABS Variant||Rs 1.80 lakh|
This Pulsar VS 400 price in India will make it the most affordable 400 cc bike on offer in the country. Such an attractive price is essential if Bajaj wants to position the Pulsar VS 400 lower than the KTM Duke 390. And with the earlier mentioned power deficit that the Pulsar has as compared to the Duke, it would indeed be disastrous if Bajaj places the VS 400 closer to the Duke 390.
Bajaj Pulsar VS 400 Specifications
As mentioned earlier, the Bajaj VS 400 has borrowed the 373.27 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine from the KTM Duke 390 and the KTM RC 390. But thanks to Bajaj’s strange de-tune, the VS produces lesser horsepower, 34.5 to be precise. This means that the toque will be around 38 Nm, though the company hasn’t revealed the official figures yet.
|Engine||373.27 cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled|
|Max Power||34.5 bhp @ 8,000 rpm|
|Max Torque (estimated)||30 Nm|
|Top Speed (estimated)||150 km/l – 155 km/l|
Bajaj Pulsar VS 400 Mileage
Thanks to Bajaj de-tuning the VS 400’s engine, we expect that the new Pulsar 400 will extract better mileage figures of around 35-40 km/l.
Bajaj Pulsar VS 400 Features
• Multi-chambered LED Headlamps
• Telescopic forks at the front
• Dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
• Gear Shift Indicator with white backlight
• LED Taillamps
• Well-cotoured and sculpted tanks & body cowls
• Twin Digital Console: one on the instrument cluster and the other on the fuel tank
• Mono-Shock at the rear
• Single Stepped Saddle Seat
• Black multi-spoke Alloy wheels
• Clip-on handlebar
Source – Maxabout