Find out whether the newly introduced Pulsar 180F has what it takes to lock horns with the popular Pulsar 220F and the standard Pulsar 180
The Pulsar 180F is the newest kid to join the extensive Pulsar family. The semi-faired offering although has taken its styling inspiration from the 220F is basically the same Pulsar 180 under the skin. The Pulsar 180F is priced at Rs 87,450 (ex-showroom), which is exactly Rs 2,500 more than the standard Pulsar 180.
That said the newly introduced motorcycle faces some serious competition from the popular Pulsar 220F because it has stepped in its territory as well as the Pulsar 180 which is exactly the same motorcycle that it is based upon. So without further ado, let us get straight into this sibling war and find out whether the Pulsar 180F has what it takes to compete with its the Pulsar 180 and the Pulsar 220F. We are comparing these motorcycles on the basis of their design, engine and performance, suspension and brakes and prices.
Bajaj Pulsar 180F VS Pulsar 220F Vs Pulsar 180 Styling
If we talk about styling it is actually quite hard to visually differentiate between the standard Pulsar 220F and the newly introduced Pulsar 180F. However, the Pulsar 180F gets an eye catchy matte grey paint scheme with neon orange highlights. There is a new 180F badging too on the tail as well as on the exhaust muffler.
Both the motorcycles share the same half fairing which gets vertically stacked projector headlamps. The rear view mirror is also mounted on the fairing as well. The standard Pulsar 180, on the other hand, has not received in major cosmetic updates.
It continues with the same bikini type fairing which can also be found on some other Pulsar models including the Pulsar 150. This bikini type fairing gets a halogen headlamp unit and a wolf eye pilot lamp. All these three motorcycles also feature a split seat design. The rear profile of the trio too looks identical as well.
Bajaj Pulsar 180F VS Pulsar 220F Vs Pulsar 180 Engine and performance
The Pulsar 180 and the Pulsar 180F shares the same 178cc air-cooled single-cylinder unit. This unit is capable of producing about 17bhp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 14Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The Pulsar 220F, on the other hand, is powered by a slightly bigger 220cc, single cylinder, oil cooled, 4-stroke, 2-Valve, Twin Spark BS IV Compliant unit. This unit is capable of producing about 20.93 Bhp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 18.55 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox as well.
|Bajaj Pulsar 180||Bajaj Pulsar 180F||Bajaj Pulsar 220F|
|4-stroke, 2-Valve, Twin Spark BSIV Compliant, DTS-i Engine, Air cooled||4-stroke, 2-Valve, Twin Spark BSIV Compliant, DTS-i Engine, Air cooled||4-stroke, 2-Valve, Twin Spark BSIV Compliant, DTS-I Engine, Oil cooled|
|17.02 PS @ 8500 rpm||17.02 PS @ 8500 rpm||20.93 PS @ 8500 rpm|
|14.22 Nm @ 6500 rpm||14.22 Nm @ 6500 rpm||18.55 Nm @ 7000 rpm|
|5 speed||5 speed||5 speed|
Bajaj Pulsar 180F VS Pulsar 220F Vs Pulsar 180 Suspension and brakes
All these three motorcycles share the same suspension and braking setup. The trio gets a telescopic fork up front and a 5-way adjustable gas-charged monoshock at the rear. To bring the motorcycle to a halt all the three motorcycles relies on a 260mm disc with a floating 2-piston Bybre calliper up front and a 230mm disc with a single-piston calliper at the rear.
The Pulsar 220F and the standard Pulsar 180 also gets a single channel ABS as standard for the safety of the rider. Unfortunately, the recently introduced Pulsar 180F hasn’t yet received the compulsory ABS update.
Bajaj Pulsar 180F VS Pulsar 220F Vs Pulsar 180 Price
Coming to the prices, the standard Pulsar 180 (ABS) retails at Rs 92,563 while the 220F (ABS) is priced at Rs 1.05 lakhs (ex-showroom). The recently introduced Pulsar 180F is priced at Rs 86,490 (ex-showroom). Expect the ABS-equipped variant to be priced at a premium of Rs 6,500-7,000 than the non-ABS variant.
Bajaj Pulsar 180F VS Pulsar 220F Vs Pulsar 180 Verdict
It’s hard to choose exactly one particular motorcycle out of the trio because the 220F and the 180F look identical as the standard Pulsar 180 misses out on the semi fairing. However, the new grey matte paint with neon orange highlights definitely looks good on the newly introduced Pulsar 180F. The Pulsar 220F and the 180 are also offered with four colour options including Chrome black, Laser black, Dyno Red and Nuclear Blue.
When it comes to the engine and power, the 220F is the more powerful motorcycle here because it has a bigger displacement and generates more power and torque than the other two. To conclude things in short the Bajaj Pulsar 180F will fulfil the wishes of those buyers who want a powerful semi-faired motorcycle within a budget.