The all-new Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is finally here, full fairing and all, from Rs 1.18 lakh.
If you thought Bajaj just bolted on a fairing to the NS 200, you’d be sorely mistaken. Not only does the RS 200 pack in fuel injection, it also gets liquid cooling, a stubby end-can, twin projector headlamps, LED split tail-lamp, and optional ABS. The 199.5-cc single now pumps out 24.5 PS at a slightly higher 9,750 RPM, with a marginal bump up in torque to 18.6 Nm at the same 8,000 RPM. The NS makes 23.5 PS and 18.3 Nm in comparison. The RS 200 weighs in at 165 kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 148 PS /tonne (see the box on the next page to see how it compares with the other faired singles).
Bajaj call it the fastest Pulsar yet, and with its 11,000 RPM red-line, chiselled exterior and claimed top speed of 141 km/h, we don’t doubt it one bit. The 100-sec front and 130-sec rear wrapped around 17” alloy wheels are the same, but with the addition of single-channel ABS (Rs 12,000 more), they provide even greater stopping power.
The RS 200 joins the Pulsar ranks as the new flagship, above the lengthening line-up which also includes the NS 200, 220, 180, 150 and LS 135.