The facelifted Bajaj Pulsar 150 will boast updated exterior reminiscent of the 180 cc sibling; could be tuned to produce more power
In February 2017, Bajaj Auto introduced the updated version of its best-selling Pulsar 150 with a BS-IV compliant DTS-i engine, resulted in a significant power drop of 1.6 PS while the torque grew by 0.9 Nm. It also received faux carbon-fibre like panel surrounding the instrument cluster, new colour schemes with ‘Laser Edge’ graphics, mandatory AHO (Auto Headlamp On) function, and smaller bore and longer stroke.
With the Pune-based manufacturer re-launching NS200 in place of the AS200 and following the arrival of NS160, the legacy of the Pulsar series was celebrated marking one crore sales with Black Pack Edition of 150, 180 and 220 cc variants. Bajaj continually updates its products but it appears that something substantial brewing in the horizon as far as the entry-level 150 cc Pulsar is concerned.
Latest spy pictures emerged on the interweb have indicated an upgraded variant which looks identical to its bigger sibling, the Pulsar 180. Bearing in mind, the 150 almost stayed similar in design when the series was updated last year, this move is logical indeed. The facelifted Pulsar 150 adorns red accents on the dual-tone body and its graphics reflects the Black Pack Edition.
The front fender has been stickered ‘Twin Disc’ and evidently the model gets disc brakes up front and rear. Another noticeable change is the presence of split out seats in place of the single-piece unit in the existing version. Moreover, the matte black finished exhaust system has aluminium heat shielding on it. It does not have kick start lever as in the Pulsar 180 and the tyre hugger is not present as well.
A few weeks ago, the all-new TVS Apache RTR 160 was launched as the most powerful bike in its class with 16.8 hp and 14.8 Nm. With the arrival of Honda X-Blade, the competition has got really close and this might prompt Bajaj to up the power and torque figures. Currently, the 149 cc DTS-i single-cylinder engine is good enough to produce a maximum of 14 PS at 8,000 rpm and 13.4 Nm at 6,000 rpm.
It is coupled with a five-speed transmission. No mechanical changes are expected as the facelift will continue to be suspended on telescopic fork up front and twin Nitrox setup at the rear. It is expected to be revealed very soon before going on sale in the domestic market. The existing Pulsar 150 is priced around Rs. 76,000 (ex-showroom) and expect the facelifted model to come at a premium of Rs, 3,000.
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