2014 Auto Expo - Bajaj Pulsar SS400 First Look

By Jaichandran Jayapalan
The 2014 Auto Expo was where nearly a year of speculation about the next-generation Pulsar series bikes culminated. Bajaj finally took the wraps off the much awaited fully-faired Pulsar, the SS400.


The Pulsar SS400 employs a retuned version of the fuel-injected 373cc single cylinder engine that powers the KTM Duke 390, and incorporates Bajaj’s trademark Triple Spark technology for improved efficiency. While Bajaj hasn’t revealed the power or torque figures, we reckon it should be close to what the Duke 390 outputs, around 40 bhp and 35 Nm. The engine will be mated with a six-speed transmission.



At first glance, the Pulsar SS400 looks striking. The bulky fairing adds a touch of visual girth to the bike, making it appear like a superbike. As you look closer, you’ll notice that the fairing is fussily styled. Unlike its smaller sibling, the 200NS, the SS400 has a short, stubby exhaust that arises from under the bike on the right side, neatly integrating with the bike’s design. The fuel tank and tail section are significantly different from the 200NS, and lend to the SS400’s muscular looks. The pillion grab handles are integrated into the tail panels, making the rear end look uncluttered. The tail-lamps look out of place though, as their design doesn’t gel well along with the rest of the bike.



Although the ‘SS’ in SS400 denotes Super Sport, the ergonomics tilt more toward the sport tourer type. While the foot pegs are set towards the rear, the clip-on handlebars are set high. This means the Pulsar SS400 will seat the rider in a slightly forward-canted posture, which should be comfortable when riding long distances. The pillion seat isn’t really large, but it doesn’t seem unusable either.



On the features side, the Pulsar SS400 comes with the same digital-analogue combo instrument cluster, projector headlamps, daytime running lamps, LED turn indicators and taillight, and backlit switchgear. The bike should come equipped with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard.




On the whole, the Bajaj Pulsar SS400 looks like a very promising product. It is a smart looking bike that is sure to win the hearts of our fairing crazy consumers. We believe that Bajaj is likely to price the bike in the region of Rs 1.8 lakhs – Rs 2 lakhs (ex-showroom). At that price, the SS400 should set a new benchmark in the price – performance ratio aspect. With the SS400 in hand, Bajaj has a good chance to capture a major chunk of the sub-400cc performance bike market in India.




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