Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Rear Disc version is priced competitively against similar specced Apache RTR 160 4V and Gixxer
Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is enduring plenty of competition from recently launched TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ-S FI and Honda CB Hornet 160R. The toughly contested segment is significant for each manufacturer’s volume sales and it is imperative to bring in fresh variants to see out the rivalries.
In response to new variants like RTR 160 Race Edition, Yamaha FZ-S FI dual disc and 2018 Gixxer SF and Gixxer SF SP, the Chakan-based brand has launched the Pulsar NS160 with rear disc brake in the domestic market. Priced at Rs. 82,630 (ex-showroom), the new variant costs about Rs. 2,000 higher than the regular single-disc version.
Having introduced the Pulsar NS160 in July 2017, Bajaj has not made any significant changes to the entry-level naked and the rear disc variant is no different as it does not get any graphical or mechanical modifications. It boasts the same design theme as its bigger NS200 sibling and has a charismatic road presence with several familiar elements including semi digital instrument cluster from the Pulsar parts bin.
As for the powertrain, it uses a 160.3 cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, four-valve, SOHC DTS-i engine that is good enough to develop a maximum power output of 15.5 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 14.6 Nm of peak torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. It is linked with a five-speed transmission.
Build on a perimeter frame, the NS160 has a box section swingarm unit and it rides on 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends. The motorcycle is suspended on telescopic front forks and monoshock rear, while braking is handled by 240 mm front disc and the new 230 mm disc at the rear.
Our pictures show you clearly the existence of Bajaj Pulsar NS160 rear disc variant and it has been priced competitively against similarly-specced Apache RTR 160 4V and CB Hornet 160R but Suzuki Gixxer’s rear disc option undercuts the NS160’s twin disc by a slight margin.
Bajaj could use this festive furore to unveil the single-channel ABS version of NS160 as reports earlier stated a launch timeline around October. The company appears to have new models up its sleeve as the 110 to 125 cc commuter segments currently dominated by Hero MotoCorp are targetted.