The updated 2017 Bajaj Pulsar range comes with BS-IV engines; 180cc model gets rear disc brake
The home-grown automaker has officially launched the 2017 Bajaj Pulsar range of motorcycles in the domestic market with cosmetic revisions and engine upgrades. The Pulsar 180 and 135 LS have seen engines being tuned to comply with the stricter BS IV emission regulations. Courtesy of the new dual-tone paint works, Bajaj has termed the MY2017 series as Laser Edge Collection.
Bajaj Auto’s modifications to the new range of Pulsars include improved seat cushion for the comfort of rider and the pillion, exhaust system revised to stick by the Stage IV emission norms, modified instrument cluster that ditched orange backlight for blue illumination as in RS200 and other models.
The new dual-tone paint scheme includes a red/black and blue/white combinations except for the flagship fully-faired RS200 motorcycle which is devoid of any update – quenching the rumour of white colour paint job any time soon. Most notably, the 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 features the inclusion of rear disc brake and its prices start from Rs. 78,000 (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
The now BSIV compliant single-cylinder air-cooled DTS-i engine produces the same 17.02 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 14.22 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. It comes mated to a five-speed transmission. The 2017 Pulsar 135 LS boasts similar power (13.3 bhp) and torque (11.4 Nm) as the outgoing 135 cc engine but it’s upgraded to be BSIV adhering. It will be sold for Rs. 59,000 (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
While receiving cosmetic updates as bigger siblings, the top-selling Pulsar 150 affordable sporty bike has to wait for a few weeks to get the engine upgrade as it will now continue to be BSIII compliant. The Pune-based two-wheeler manufacturer has already updated its Avenger series to meet the upcoming emission standards, barring any exterior makeovers.
The largest selling 200 cc category bike, Bajaj Pulsar 220, has also been applied with the latest Bharat Stage IV complying engine. With the return of F nomenclature, it is priced at Rs 91,201 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 220 cc, oil-cooled, single cylinder engine from the regular 220 is mated to a five-speed gearbox.
It develops the same 21.05 PS of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 19.12 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. Other changes include a matte-black finished exhaust canister, new backlit cool-blue colour for the cluster and improved seat.