UPDATED – 2012 Bajaj Pulsar – LAUNCHED!

Pulsar 200 - 2012Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the new Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS!

Exactly ten years ago to this very day, Bajaj Auto Ltd. took the country by storm with the launch of the Pulsar brand. Ever since then, the Pulsar has ruled the premium motorcycling segment in the country, with yearly cosmetic and visual upgrades doing their part to keep it abreast of the competition. And now, the all-new Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Naked Sports (NS) has finally been unveiled, ready to take on all comers.

The first visual impressions convey a more muscular and grown up bike, albeit one that retains characteristic Pulsar styling cues that are discernible at even a glance. A large twin-spar frame dominates the side profile view, while the beefier tank and side panels give a new dimension to the Pulsar. Upfront, the suspension seems to be much beefier than before, shod with larger 100/80-17 tubeless rubber while the rear features a meaty 130/70-17 tyre, also tubeless. The headlight unit is a completely new interpretation of the Pulsar unit and we absolutely adore its Transformers-like angry face. Expect the Pulsar 200 NS to be priced below Rs 1 lakh!

Echoing what we have seen in numerous spy shots earlier, the rear panels are borrowed from the Pulsar 135LS, but the big news is the welcome inclusion of a monoshock rear suspension – Bajaj’s first. Powering the new Pulsar is a four valve, liquid cooled, triple spark motor. Good enough for 23.52 PS@9,500rpm and a peak torque figure of 18.3Nm@8,000rpm. That, coupled with the kerb weight of 145kg and the six-speed ‘box, gives the Pulsar 200NS a theoretical top speed of 136 kph, 0-60kph in 3.61sec and 0-100 kph in 9.83 seconds. Tell-tale lights and indicators remain the same while the exhaust has now been moved to under the bike, which should help in mass centralisation and lend the bike a low centre of gravity.

More information coming soon…. Stay glued to your computers and smartphones.

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