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Bajaj Auto recently introduced the smaller displacement Dominar 250 in the Indian market. The new Bajaj Dominar 250 is offered in the market with a starting price of Rs 1.60 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).
In a first glance, the new Bajaj Dominar 250 can easily pass off as its larger displacement sibling, the Dominar 400. However, look closely and you can notice a few differences between the two. Here is a brief comparison between the Bajaj Dominar 250 and the Dominar 400.
The Bajaj Dominar 250 and the Dominar 400 are visually quite similar to each other. The Bajaj Dominar 250 receives the same muscular styling, similar body panels with decals and a similar list of features on offer.
However, the smaller displacement Bajaj Dominar 250 comes with a box-type swingarm. The Dominar 250 also receives a thinner set of tyres at both ends with 100/80 R17 and 130/70 R17 profile at the front and rear, respectively.
In comparison, the Bajaj Dominar 400 comes with a beam-type swingarm and features 110/70 R17 tyre profile at the front and 150/60 R17 tyre profile at the rear. The larger D400 also comes with a more stylish set of dual-tone alloy wheel design, instead of the blacked-out alloy wheels on the Dominar 250.
Apart from this, the new Bajaj Dominar 250 comes in two colour options: Vine Black and Canyon Red. While the Vine Black paint scheme is offered on the Dominar 400 as well, the larger sibling is offered with an Aurora Green paint scheme as the second colour choice.
The dimensions of the Bajaj Dominar 250 and the Dominar 400 are exactly identical. This means that the new Bajaj Dominar 250 measures at 2156mm in length, 836mm in width and 1112mm in height.
The wheelbase is also identical at 1453mm and so is the ground clearance of 157mm. What is different though is the weight of the two motorcycles. While the Bajaj Dominar 400 weighs in at 184 kilograms, the Dominar 250 tips the scale at 180kg; just 4 kilograms lighter.
Fuel tank capacity of the two also remains identical at 13-litres. However, we do expect the fuel efficiency figures of the Dominar 250 to be higher than that of the Dominar 400, thus offering more range on a single tank.
This is where the main difference between the two motorcycles rests. The new Bajaj Dominar 250 comes powered by a 248cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. It produces 26bhp and 23.5Nm of peak torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox.
The Bajaj Dominar 400, on the other hand, is powered by a larger 373.3cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. The current BS4 unit churns out 39bhp and 35Nm of peak torque, mated to the same six-speed transmission.
Bajaj is said to be currently working on bringing in the BS6-compliant Dominar 400 in the Indian market, which according to leaked documents is expected to produce the same power output as well.
Both motorcycles, the Bajaj Dominar 250 and the Dominar 400 receive the same list of features and equipment. This includes the same split-digital display, one on the instrument cluster and the other one on the tank. Other features also include the muscular styling with body decals, LED headlamps and taillights, split seats and twin-barrel exhaust.
However, the two motorcycles do come with varying suspension and braking setups. Starting off with the Bajaj Dominar 400, the motorcycle comes with 43mm USD forks at the front and a mono-shock setup at the rear. Braking is handled by 320mm disc at the front and 230mm disc at the rear, supported by dual-channel ABS as standard.
The new Bajaj Dominar 250, on the other hand, comes with a set of smaller 37mm USD forks at the front and a mono-shock suspension at the rear. Braking on the D250 is handled by a single 300mm disc at the front (20mm smaller than that on the D400) and a 230mm disc at the rear, supported by a standard dual-channel ABS system.
The Bajaj Dominar 250 is offered at a slightly more affordable pricing of Rs 1.60 lakh. The current BS4-compliant Bajaj Dominar 400 is priced at Rs Rs 1.90 lakh. However, with the BS6 update on the Dominar 400 on its way, we can expect prices to increase even further by up to Rs 10,000 or so. All prices mentioned are ex-showroom (Delhi).
Thoughts On The Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs Bajaj Dominar 400
The Bajaj Dominar 250 is the latest addition to the brand's product portfolio. The Dominar 250 rivals the likes of the Yamaha FZ25, KTM 250 Duke and the Suzuki Gixxer 250 in the Indian market. Bajaj hopes that the Dominar 250 will perform better than its larger sibling in the Indian market, which has been struggling in the Indian market in terms of sales.