Bajaj is all set to launch the upgraded Dominar 400. Most Bajaj dealers have begun accepting pre-bookings for the motorcycle, and brochure scans of the new Dominar are now out. The scans indicate that the 2019 Bajaj Dominar has gotten nearly 15 % more powerful than the outgoing model, and has gained a couple of kilograms in weight, and kerb weight now sits at a hefty 182.5 kilograms.
The 2019 Bajaj Dominar makes 39.9 PS of peak power at 8,650 rpm, which is a 4.9 PS increase over the older version 35 PS output. Moreover, peak power was produced at 8,000 rpm on the older bike, which means that the newer version makes power higher up the power band.
Torque output has remained constant at 35 Nm, but the rpm at which it’s produced has also moved up – from 6,500 rpm on the older Dominar to 7,000 rpm on the new bike. The 6 speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch is retained, and it’s not clear if Bajaj has opted for a twin overhead camshaft design in place of the single overhead cam that the older version featured. The triple spark ignition remains, and oil capacity of the new motorcycle has increased by 200 ml, to 1,700 ml.
Now, there could be two reasons for the bigger engine oil capacity. 1. Better heat management as the engine now has more oil to dissipate heat and cool off. 2. The addition of twin camshafts making the size of the engine head larger, and consequently needing more engine oil for optimum heat management. We won’t have to wait for long to find out why exactly Bajaj has increased engine oil capacity on the 2019 Dominar.
Other key engineering changes on the motorcycle include a twin canister exhaust that produces a bassier exhaust note, and upside down front forks that could increase suspension performance significantly. The rear monoshock layout is retained. The new Dominar features a new rear mirror stalk design that could reduce vibration of the mirrors at higher rpms. The fully digital instrument cluster also gets a revision, and will beam out a lot more information than
Other than these changes, Bajaj is likely to have worked on improving the overall refinement of the motorcycle. We’ll know more about these as the motorcycle launches. For now, what’s clear is the fact that the 2019 Bajaj Dominar will be offered with dual channel ABS as standard. The non-ABS version will no longer be produced as Indian regulations now make ABS compulsary on 125cc+ motorcycles. The facelifted Dominar is expected to be pricier than the outgoing version thanks to the slew of changes it comes with. The older Dominar retailed at Rs. 1.63 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.