5 most powerful bikes under Rs 2.50 lakh

    These motorcycles offer high performance within a limited budget.

    Published On May 18, 2024 07:00:00 AM


    5 most powerful bikes under Rs 2.50 lakh

    Performance always comes at a price, which could vary based on the manufacturer. But in the last decade, performance bikes have become more accessible and affordable. In February, we wrote about the top 5 motorcycles under Rs 3 lakh. Three months on, we bring you a compilation of some powerful machines priced even lower.

    All prices ex-showroom Delhi.

    5. KTM 250 Duke (31hp)

    The quarter-litre Duke is not only a capable performer but also an excellent handler. Boasting high-quality materials and features, the 250 Duke makes for a compelling proposition. It is powered by a 249-cc single-cylinder motor that produces 31hp at 9,250 rpm and 25Nm of torque at 7,250rpm. The Gen-3 250 Duke also has revised ergonomics, an aluminium swingarm and a quickshifter, all of which work in tandem to make this perhaps the best 250cc motorcycle money can buy. The 250 Duke is priced at Rs 2.40 lakh.

    Also see: 2024 KTM 250 Duke review: 31hp never felt this good

    4. TVS Apache RTR 310 (35.6hp)

    The Apache RTR 310 is the naked counterpart to the Apache RR 310, but its engine produces more power and torque. The RTR 310 is equipped with a 312-cc single-cylinder motor that produces 35.6hp at 9,700rpm and 28.7Nm at 6,650rpm. What also helps is that the Apache RTR 310 is a feature-loaded package brimming with electronic wizardry and safety nets. You can choose from three variants priced between Rs 2.43 lakh and Rs 2.63 lakh.

    Also see: TVS Apache RTR 310 review: the heart of the matter

    3. Bajaj Dominar 400 (40hp)

    The Dominar 400 is a mile-muncher with a proven powerhouse borrowed from the KTM 390 Duke. Its 373-cc single-cylinder engine produces 40hp at 8,800rpm and 35Nm at 6,500rpm. The only thing holding back the Dominar 400 is its weight. At 192kg, it is the heaviest motorcycle on this list. The Dominar 400 is available for Rs 2.30 lakh.

    Also see: 2021 Bajaj Dominar 400 review, first ride

    2. Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z (40hp)

    The Pulsar NS400Z is the newest addition to Bajaj’s Pulsar range of motorcycles and offers great value. For starters, it shares the same engine and frame as the Dominar 400, but is 18kgs lighter. Weighing 174kg, the NS400Z has a clear advantage in terms of performance and gets the benefit of electronic aids such as traction control and riding modes that work in tandem with the ABS. The Pulsar NS400Z also offers the most value, with a price tag of Rs 1.85 lakh.

    Also see: Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z review: Performance bargain

    1. Triumph Speed 400 (40hp)

    On paper, the Triumph Speed 400 may have similar performance figures as the previous two motorcycles. But take a closer look, and you realise that at 176kg, it weighs only 2kg more than the Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z and packs slightly more torque, which is why we have ranked it higher. The baby Triumph is powered by a 398-cc motor that produces 40hp at 8,000rpm and 37.5Nm at 6,500rpm. At Rs 2.34 lakh, the Triumph is also quite a value purchase and gives you access to a premium badge at a digestible price tag.

    Also read: Harley X440 vs Triumph Speed 400 vs RE Classic 350 comparison: Battle Royale

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