Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Launched in India 4

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 has its design influences taken from the larger NS 200 sibling; features the segment-first oil-cooled, twin-spark DTS-i engine

As we speculated already, Bajaj Auto have expand the NS naked series of offering with the inclusion of an all-new bike. Like we had reported, the flagship NS200 re-entered the domestic market earlier this year after a long lapse but without significant powertrain update like the fuel injection technology replacing the carburetor.

The addition of new body graphics and engine cowl have enhanced the appeal of the street-fighter. Considering the growing lengths of interest among young buyers towards entry-level performance-based motorcycles, the BSIV NS200’s launch timing was something that could not be argued against.

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 India Price

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 PriceRs. 78,368 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The home-grown two-wheeler manufacturer was taking a step further with another NS model that has been launched for a (post GST) price of Rs. 78,368 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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The Pulsar range consisting of the 135 LS, 150, 180 and 220 were upgraded with BS-IV compliant engines and hot on the heels the naked range gets a new motorcycle in the form of NS160. The arrival of a new entry-level bike from the Pune-based manufacturer has long been anticipated and the NS160 could fill in the shoes ahead of the long speculated entry of the very conventional NS150.

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Design and Features

                                      Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Top Features
1. Part-analogue-part-digital instrument console
2.  Clip-on handlebar
3. Sporty naked styling with sharp design elements
4. 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels
5. Telescopic front suspension and nitrox monoshock rear
6. AHO (Auto Headlamp On)
7. 160 cc, DTS-i, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine
8. Class-leading power and torque

Based on the same perimeter frame as the NS 150, it draws designs cues from its larger sibling, the NS 200. Switch gear and the part-analogue-part-digital instrument console are carried forward from the same model. A couple of spy photographs of the camouflaged test mule recently indicated the nearing launch of the NS160 that had entered Nepal and Turkey. Bajaj has wasted no time and introduced it in India right now.

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Styling features will comprise of a sleek design synonymous with the NS 200, long-ride-friendly clip-on handlebar for better handling, tyre hugger, sharper tail lamp and body panels and a sporty headlamp. We showed you exclusive pictures of the NS160 from a launch event in Turkey and excitingly the India-spec model stands in line with them.

It features bigger crankcase, belly pan, registration plate positioned similar to the NS200, front disc brakes and thinner tyres. It also gets split seats that substantiates the sporty nature of the street-bike while other important features are 17-inch alloy wheels, telescopic front suspension and nitrox monoshock rear.

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Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Brakes

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Brakes240 mm petal disc front and 130 mm drum rear

Braking will be handled by a 240 mm petal disc at front and a 130 mm drum at the rear as standard while the rear does not get an optional disc fitment as expected. The powertrain will be BS-IV compliant and the government mandated AHO (Auto Headlamp On) feature is also there to minimise the hazards due to bad ambient lighting.

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Engine, Specs and Performance

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Engine Specifications160 cc, DTS-i, oil-cooled, single-cylinder
Power15.5 PS at 8,500 rpm
Torque14.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm
GearboxFive-speed manual
Fuel Tank12 litres
Kerb Weight142 kg

The all-important powertrain is a four-valve, DTS-i,  SOHC, 160 cc unit that is oil-cooled (segment first) and incorporate twin-spark to generate a maximum power output of 15.5 PS at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 14.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kilograms and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) hasn’t been introduced even as an optional extra. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox and the fuel tank can hold 12 litres of petrol.

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Launched in India

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 India Rivals

The Pulsar NS160 goes up against the likes of TVS Apache RTR 160, Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 and the Honda CB Hornet 160 R.

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Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Dimensions

Length2,012 mm
Width803.5 mm
Height1,060 mm
Wheelbase1,363 mm
Ground Clearance   176 mm

It measures 2,012 mm in length, 803.5 mm in width, 1,060 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,363 mm with 176 mm ground clearance.

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