Bajaj Auto, which is basically known for its Pulsar range of motorcycles, has now gained much appreciation for its lately launched Bajaj Dominar 400.
With this new entrant, the company has clarified that they are not only focused on developing affordable sports bike for a wider range of Indian audience, but also, the Bajaj has showcased that they are more intent to bring affordable yet powerful bikes for a group of true enthusiasts, who find their lives only in biking.
The sub-500cc motorcycle segment, in which Dominar 400 falls, has been dominated by the market leader in this segment, Royal Enfield, from a long while.
Well, both the Dominar 400 and Royal Enfield Classic 350, which is a major player for the Chennai-based bike maker in terms of sales generation, belongs to different biking segment, the Dominar is a sports cruiser yet the Classic 350 is a cruiser. Nevertheless, owing to a more accessible price tag of Rs. 1.36 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, the Dominar 400 has started breaking into the Royal Enfield’s market share.
As with this new flagship product, Bajaj is doing good and trying to solidifying its feet in this new segment. So, when asked about any other option in this sub-500cc motorcycle segment via Money Control. Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto replied that there would be another entry of a product in this same sub-500cc segment and will be priced in between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.
Altogether, a render of the Dominar 400 from Indian Autos Blog in the fully faired illustration, also sports Mr. Rajiv Bajaj’s saying of a new offering in the sub-500cc segment.
If really the motorcycle hits the Indian market in a full fairing avatar under the same Dominar moniker, the motorcycle will be slightly heavier than the ongoing one, which could affect the bike performance of upcoming. Mechanically, it would get the propelling power from the existing 373.3 cc, four valve, triple spark motor that is rated to belt out 34hp of power at 8,000 rpm and 35 Nm of torque. The engine will be paired to a six-speed gearbox transmission.
If talked about the competition in this sub-500cc segment, currently, it is having a handful of products, but it has much room to expand. And, various domestic and international motorcycle manufacturers are ready to bring their players in this segment. The upcoming contenders in this segment include a naked streetfighter from TVS and BMW Motorrad alliance, the BMW G310R, a fully faired TVS Akula 310, etc.