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Bajaj Pulsar set for new avatar

A full decade after it scripted a revival for the company, India’s second largest two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto on Monday unveiled the next generation Pulsar 200NS that will hit the roads in April.

autos Updated: Jan 30, 2012 22:01 IST
Sumant Banerji

A full decade after it scripted a revival for the company, India’s second largest two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto on Monday unveiled the next generation Pulsar 200NS that will hit the roads in April.

While the Pulsar of 2001 changed the image of the company from a scooter manufacturer to one that specialises in premium mobikes, the new Pulsar seeks to further consolidate that position offering more power and efficiency without compromising on its fuel economy. The 200cc Pulsar takes over from the old 220cc version as the fastest motorcycle produced in India.

“The motorcycles it will compete with are in the R1-1.5 lakh range but you can expect this one to come at less than R1 lakh,” said Rajiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Auto Ltd.

Powered by a first in class SOHC 4 valve triple spark engine, the new bike belts out 23.2 bhp power and 18.3 Nm torque. This is more than its existing stablemate and comparable with the bigger and more expensive Honda CBR250 and Yamaha R15.

“Pulsar has now celebrated a decade of dominance with 10 years of leadership in the Indian performance motorcycle market,” said K Srinivas, president-motorcycles, Bajaj Auto.

Initially launched as a specialist 150cc premium mobike, the Pulsar range has been extended repeatedly in these years. Bajaj today makes as many as four variants with engine options as diverse as a 135cc entry level to a top of the line 220cc.

And it does not end with that. Coming in 2013, is a 350cc avatar of the brand as the Pulsar gets even bigger and powerful.