Bajaj Auto is said to be working on a new, 400cc four stroke engine with a DOHC layout. DOHC stands for double overhead camshafts. Presently, the company has a 373cc four stroke engine that it uses on the Dominar 400. However, this engine uses a single overhead camshaft (SOHC).
The new DOHC engine may be able to rev higher and produce more power than the current SOHC engine of the DOHC. Bajaj is said to be targeting a power output of 40 Bhp for the DOHC engine, which is expected to be used on the Bajaj Pulsar RS 400.
Apart from twin camshafts, the new, 400cc DOHC engine will feature a single cylinder layout, four valves, liquid cooling, fuel injection and triple spark plug ignition. The new engine could be paired to a six speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch.
It may be noted that Bajaj already produces a 373cc engine with DOHC, which is used on the KTM Duke 390 and RC 390. The new DOHC engine is expected to be similar to the KTM engine, but with 3 spark plugs and a customized fuel injection system as the major changes. There is no indication of when the new engine will be launched.
Once Bajaj introduces the Pulsar RS 400, the bike will be the flagship model from the brand. It is expected to feature a full fairing, with styling similar to the Pulsar RS 200. The sportsbike will take on the recently launched TVS Apache RR 310S. However, it is expected to be much cheaper than the TVS machine.
This will give it a great value for money. Disc brakes on both wheels and ABS are expected to be standard. To keep costs low, Bajaj may go with telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock. The bike is expected to be priced at around Rs. 1.7 lakhs.