New Dominar engine has been reworked; apart from being powerful, it is also technically more advanced now…
It is known that the current Dominar 400 has got a Duke 390-derived 373 cc single cylinder engine which pumps out 35 PS of peak power and 35 Nm of maximum torque. However, to keep costs under check and create a differentiation, Bajaj offered it with a SOHC (Single overhead camshaft) setup.
Recently, through a leaked document, it was revealed that the 2019’s version will now produce more power (read it here) but what was not confirmed was – whether Bajaj has moved it to DOHC (double overhead cam). It seems that Bajaj is conducting a small media ride (for select few portals) somewhere around Pune and Autocar has confirmed that the 2019 Dominar indeed gets a DOHC setup.
SOHC vs DOHC
In a SOHC setup we only have one camshaft which works for both the inlet and outlet valves. But in a DOHC configuration we have two camshafts – one for intake and the other one for exhaust valves. Obviously, the DOHC is slightly costlier to make but it makes the engine run smoother.
This is again a step in foregoing Dominar’s cost-effective positioning and a move to present it as a more premium offering. Other stuff which helps it achieve it is the usage of premium upside down front forks, dual barrel ‘louder’ exhaust canister, a secondary LCD display on the tank (the current Dominar only has various lights for signals for this display). Apart from this the green colour is now confirmed and is called as ‘Auroral Green‘.
This will also mean that it will be priced significantly higher than the outgoing model. Anything around the 1.80-1.90 lakh is a possibility – up from the current price of Rs 1.63 Lakh! Launch is expected to be in the coming few days…