Kawasaki Motors Philippines announced the release of the new upgraded Dominar 400 on December 2021. The news was first reported by Inside Racing on their website. (insideracing.com.ph)
Kawasaki dealerships will be able to offer one of the most affordable entry-level big bikes in the Philippine market that is capable of long distance rides, touring, and most of all –being expressway legal.
One of the major changes adapted to the model was the 4 stroke, 4 valve, fuel-injected engine equipped with a more advanced Double Overhead Cam (DOHC). It was claimed that employing such changes improved engine response and raised its peak power output from 34.5hp compared to the old SOHC to almost 40hp or at exactly 39.43 hp. However, torque was maintained at 35 Nm.
The motorcycle retained its trademark Digital Twin Spark Ignition (DTS-i) technology, but has now been improved with the use of three spark plugs. It was explained that the use of three spark plugs increased fuel efficiency and helped the engine deliver more power with less fuel burned.
The motorcycle now sports an Upside Down (USD) front fork which not only improved the aesthetics of the front part, but also with the riding dynamics. The motorcycle also retained some features including the anti-lock braking system (ABS), Double disk brakes with 320mm at the front and 230mm at the rear, six-speed manual transmission and full LED headlamp.
The Dominar 400 will be sold for P195,000, adding P20,000 more than the old SOHC model. With all the upgrades installed, and the current trend of underbone maxi scooters being sold around six figures, the Dominar 400’s price tag surely makes it a bargain for a premium bike.
Article by: PAULO CUENTO
January 03, 2022