In November-2013, we reported that Bajaj Auto is working on all-new cruiser motorcycle that would be showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi. Now at the event Bajaj shocked everyone with the debut of Pulsar CS (Cruising Sports) 400, although the world expected the unveiling of fully faired Pulsar 375 now officially called Pulsar SS (Super Sports) 400 at the event, but the CS400 hit us out of nowhere.
The Pulsar CS400 is a sort of a power cruiser on the lines of the Ducati Diavel, which means one would get the comfort of a cruiser along with the performance and handling of a sports bike unlike the current Avenger available which only focuses on the comfort of the driver. The Pulsar CS400 features changed handle bar positioning, upright seat positioning and the foot pegs will be rear set instead of the forward set.
Even the wheels have a brand new sculpted design as does the bulbous headlight unit. While there is no mistaking this bike for anything other than a Pulsar, in a lot of ways, the Pulsar CS400 is a departure from what we’ve seen before on Pulsars so far. As opposed to the earlier Pulsar’s, these 400’s also get Electronic Fuel-Injection and in other mechanical changes, get Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) as standard.
The new cruiser was rumored to be powered by the same 200cc engine already equipped in the 200NS. But Bajaj had another surprise by plonking a liquid cooled 375cc single-cylinder engine derived from the KTM 390 Duke. The bottom end of the engine remains fairly unchanged, but thanks to the addition of Bajaj’s proprietary triple-spark four-valve head, which we believe might enable the bike to return 35 kmpl, making it cheap to run for a bike which can cruise comfortably at 130 kmph.
There is no official word from Bajaj with regards to when either of these bikes will go on sale, but we can expect the Pulsar 200SS to make an appearance on our roads either by late 2014 or early 2015. The Pulsar SS400 shouldn’t be far behind in any case, but as to whether the muscular CS lands at all, is something that remains to be seen. If yes, than it will be priced above the Pulsar SS400 costing approx. Rs. 2.00 lakh.