According to a report on The Economic Times, the highly anticipated Bajaj Pulsar CS 400 will be launched in the third quarter of this year (2016); in the July-September period. “We are planning to launch an upgrade for the Platina (entry-level model) and a totally new Pulsar at the top-end (CS 400) in the next quarter,” Bajaj Auto President (Business Development & Assurance) S Ravikumar told the business publication. Spied testing by us in and around Pune on a couple of occasions, the Bajaj Pulsar CS 400, upon launch, will be the fastest and most powerful Bajaj till date.
The design of the production motorcycle will largely remain unchanged from the concept that was first previewed at the 2014 Auto Expo, apart from slightly tweaked seats. Judging by the recent crop of spy images however, the Pulsar CS 400, in production guise, will feature conventional telescopic front suspension instead of the USD front forks seen on the concept. In essence, the CS, which stands for Cruiser Sport will be a mellowed down avatar of the slightly hard-edged KTM Duke 390.
Which means that the fastest Pulsar’s heart will be closely related to the KTM’s 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, but the CS 400 would employ Bajaj’s patented triple-spark technology. Power and torque will be detuned significantly from the Duke 390, with more focus on tractable performance and good drivability, rather than outright performance. The CS 400’s power output is expected to be below the 40 bhp mark, down from the KTM’s 43 bhp output. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed transmission, with different gear ratios from the KTM. The Pulsar CS 400 is expected to be priced around INR 1.8 lakhs (ex-showroom).