It’s true - the new Pulsar is around the corner! And don’t ask us how we know, but we’ve got all that you want to know before the reincarnated Pulsar is launched! In order to coincide with 10 years of the Pulsar brand, the new one will be launched with two engine variants, just like the first one - history repeats itself! Now, on with the details.
First of all, the looks: the new Pulsar has got a complete redesign and makes a departure from the look of the older series. What it will do, is build on and upsize the design language of the Pulsar 135 and borrow a few design cues from the KTM Duke 125. Since the existing Pulsar already sports clip-on handlebars, alloy wheels, digital instruments and LED lights, with the P220 also sporting a projector lamp, it’s safe to say that these details will continue on the newer ones too, albeit with refreshed and more contemporary styling and materials. Proper machined rear-sets will add the cool quotient, while the pillion footpegs will be located on a separate subframe, allowing for a clean look. The bigger Pulsar, rumoured to be a 200cc variant will get differentiating details like a stepped seat, for example. Also, since the engine is KTM-based, we won’t be surprised if the exhaust ends under the engine (just like the Duke), leaving the rear end to be dominated by fat rubber. A skimpy rear numberplate bracket will round off the package - we just hope that Bajaj doesn’t stick on an ugly rear mudguard like the P135’s! However, overall, you can expect a full-size, sharp looking motorcycle along with great colour options.
Now for the juicy bits: the new Pulsar will feature motors that are based on the KTM Duke 125’s mill, with Bajaj’s DTS-i system, of course. The smaller motor will be a 150cc-160cc version, while the powerhouse will be the 200cc version. While power ratings have proved difficult to source, we expect the smaller Pulsar to make around 15 bhp, while the 200 should develop anywhere between 21-25 bhp. But trust us, if they exceed our projections, we won’t complain! The new Pulsars are likely to be carburetted - going by the way P220 sales took off after they introduced the carbed version, we think Bajaj has good reason to stick to carbs for the new bikes. Besides, choosing carbs over fuel injection will also keep costs down. Also, it looks likely that Bajaj will also stick to an oil-cooler for both the bikes as well.
And finally, the cycle parts: the new Pulsars have benefited tremendously from Bajaj’s alliance with KTM. With the Austrian manufacturer bringing in their supply chain to India, Bajaj has managed to source the high-quality parts for their Pulsars from them too. End result? Expect a Pulsar that is more sophisticated than ever before! The new Pulsar’s motto is ‘less is more’ and as such, it will lose all the flabby weight that plagues the existing one. The chassis is said to be a twin-spar unit (like the Yamaha R15) with telescopic forks and (finally!) a monoshock rear.
While we’re not sure about a rear disc for the 200, we’re sure the new Pulsars will sport latest petal discs at the front by Bybre, Brembo’s Indian arm. Tyres will continue to be the excellent soft-compound MRF Zappers that we’ve seen on the P220. Overall, we expect the 200cc version to weigh around 140 kg. Combine that to the 21-15 bhp power output and we have the makings of a worthy successor to the current Pulsar! We really can’t wait for this new-gen hooligan to come out!
The existing Pulsar is a great motorcycle, but the new one promises to better by a substantial margin. Needless to say, the competition is in for a tough time!