Spyshots of the Bajaj’s Pulsar 150 NS have been emerging on the internet for over an year now. After the launch of the fully-faired performance-oriented Pulsar RS 200 last June, the market reveal of the lower displacing 150 NS was hugely anticipated. The Pulsar 150 NS is based on the 200 Naked Sport that was discontinued following the arrival of the RS 200 and will sit in the affordable performance commuter segment that Bajaj has a dominating market share at with its 150 range of motorcycles.
Last month, the images of the 200 NS with ABS, possibly the same single-channel unit from the RS 200 as option, were spied hinting that a launch was not far away. Now, courtesy of Motoroids, a new footage of the 150 Naked Sport has surfaced. The thoroughly disguised test mule of the camouflaged 150 NS does reveal the styling of the body panels though as it’s every bit NS 200.
The Pulsar 150 NS comprises of the Pulsar 200 NS bodywork and graphics. The box-type swing arm from the 150 DTS-i will be equipped in this motorcycle and it sports drum brakes at the rear as opposed to discs found on the 200 NS. Other cosmetic bits will remain identical to the 200 NS and the 150cc bike is expected to get a kick starter.
The mechanical changes between the NS twins are that the 200 NS was strapped with a 199.5 cc, single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine that was capable of producing 23.17 BHP and 18.3 Nm of torque. The same motor can be found in the Pulsar RS 200, KTM Duke 200 and AS 200 as well. But as for the 150 NS, it is more likely to share the 150 cc air-cooled engine that powers the AS 150.
The 149.5 cc DRS-I engine develops a maximum power output of 17 PS at 9,500 rpm and 13 Nm of peak torque delivered at 7,000 rpm. It comes coupled with a five-speed transmission sending power to the rear wheel. While the Pulsar 150 NS will be new to India, it has hit export markets like Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Turkey, Finland, Thailand and US already.
Recently Autocar professional reported that 20,000 units were shipped abroad and will be sold as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits in countries where Bajaj has assembly units and via Semi Knocked Down (SKD) in other markets. Bajaj’s biggest market for the 150 NS is Colombia where it’s been retailed since March 2015.
Image source: Motoroids and Motorbeam