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Pulsar NS400Z vs KTM Duke 390: Feature Differences Explained

Modified On May 19, 2024 11:01 AM By Soham for Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z

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While these might be related, feature differences are like night and day

Though the 2024 Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z and the KTM 390 Duke are related, they are far different from each other not only in terms of performance and handling, but also in terms of features they offer. Here’s a lowdown:

Instrument Cluster Features:

Visually, the NS400Z’s instrument cluster feels quite rudimentary compared to the 390 Duke. Below is the breakdown of the two instrument clusters:

 

Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z

KTM 390 Duke

Display

LCD with dot matrix inset

5-inch Colour TFT

Smartphone Connectivity

Yes

Yes

Navigation

Turn-by-turn

Turn-by-turn

Music Control

Yes

Yes

Phone Control

Yes

Yes

Ride Mode Specific Graphics

No

Yes

Lap Timer

Yes

Yes

The Duke’s display looks quite detailed and is quite feature-rich compared to the NS. It is much easier to use because of the well designed menu system. Even the buttons to access these menus are far more tactile than on the NS. That said, the speedometer section of the NS’ cluster is well laid out and everything is easy to understand at a glance. It’s the digital dot matrix inset that we think could have been implemented better. Despite the Pulsar NS400Z being a lot cheaper than the Duke 390, it still gets all the essential features for easy everyday usability.

Both the bikes get all-LED lighting but the NS400Z gets a projector headlamp.

Rider-aids:

Moving on to rider aids, the KTM 390 Duke beats the NS hands down; the 390 Duke pretty much has an upper hand on all of its rivals when it comes to the rider aids, with the TVS Apache RTR 310 being the only one that surpasses it. Let take a detailed look at what rider aids each bike gets:

 

Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z Rider Aids

KTM 390 Duke Rider Aids

ABS

Standard

Cornering

ABS Modes

Road and Off-road

Road and Supermoto

Traction Control

Standard

Cornering

Slipper Clutch

Yes

Yes

Quickshifter

No

Bi-directional

Riding Modes

Road, Sport, Rain, Off-roading

Rain, Street, Track

Launch Control

No

Yes

The NS400Z does get a suite of rider aids but they are not as fancy as the KTM 390 Duke. Both the bikes sit at the extreme ends of the 400cc bike segment in India. The Pulsar NS400Z is priced at Rs 1,85,000 (introductory) while the 390 Duke at Rs 3,12,461 (both, ex-showroom, Delhi). Considering this, the NS400Z is very well equipped for its price. You can read more about it in our first ride review.

 

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