Reports suggest that the much-awaited Pulsar CS400 will be launched around this August. The motorcycle has been caught on camera for the first time without camouflage in its production form. The CS400 was first shown in concept form at the Auto Expo in 2014 and as this sketch of the production-version suggests, the motorcycle is largely unchanged except the upside down forks making way for telescopic forks, a move most probably made to keep the cost in check.
The engine of the CS400 is based on that of the KTM Duke 390 but will be modified to feature Bajaj's DTS-i technology and power output too is expected to be slightly lesser than the KTM. Low-end performance however should be better as was in the case of the Pulsar NS200's engine, which was based on the KTM Duke 200's engine. Expected to weigh more than the KTM Duke, the CS400 might not have performance equivalent to the KTM but could have a higher top speed due to taller gearing.
At the Auto Expo in 2014, the instrument console was fully-digital and the same is suggested to have been carried forward to the production version. ABS is expected to be standard on the front wheel while a dual-channel ABS might be offered as an option. Tyres choice is likely to be MRF instead of the Metzelers on the KTM as they cost more than thrice the MRF tyres of the same size.
The Pulsar CS400 naked sports motorcycle is expected to be priced around Rs 1.85 Lakh, ex-showroom, which would make the motorcycle a compelling proposition for masses trying to find a sporty and powerful motorcycle laden with features.