After sharing exclusive images of the Pulsar 200 SS, what we have landed our hands upon is making the existence of Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS quite skeptical. These images have been shared with us by one of our offshore friends which clearly stating that the upcoming sub-200cc Pulsar is not being publicized as the 160 NS but with the regular 150 nameplate. A few months earlier, it was reported that the new-generation Pulsar 150 features a newly-developed 160cc engine but if we consider these images Bajaj seems to have not increased the displacement as not signifying this major development during the product showcase is a far-fetched possibility.
However, we can’t reach to a conclusion at this point as the contrary point to be noted here is expect the Pulsar branding, the bike has no any other label on it. The tail-section where on the 200 NS you find model name sticker seems bare in these images and like are yet to get their identity tag. Moreover, even if the new 150 doesn’t feature an up-sized engine the bike has been markedly remoulded that it certainly deserves the “NS” moniker, but that’s also missing on the hoarding. So was it like Bajaj had decided to put the model on showcase and to decide its name afterwards? May be that’s the only assumption we can make until Bajaj shares an official word.
Well, apart from all this mystery, the interesting bit to note in one of the images is the tri-spark plug and 4-valve engine are highlighted as key features of the new bike on the advertising board. So when the engine is infused with Bajaj’s latest combustion technology, we can hope the new bike would boast of improved power figures or may be class-leading mileage as well. It’s an air-cooled motor mated to a 5-speed gearbox, highly expected to deliver more or less 15bhp.
On styling front, the new sub-200cc model shares body work with the 200 NS but with elements such as fixed single-piece rear mud guard, skinny tyre along with company fitted center stand and kick start lever the bike presents itself different from its elder sibling. Further, the 150 or 160 “NS” also looses out on box-section type swing arm and rear disc brake compared to the 200 NS.
All in all, the new member coming from Bajaj family has that extra edge it needs to challenge the Yamaha FZ-S V2.0, Suzuki Gixxer 155 and the lately introduced Honda CB Unicorn 160. The only thing awaited now is its launch in our market.