Bajaj Auto has revised the Pulsar NS160 and NS200 models in India, and they now come standard with dual-channel ABS and upside-down front forks. However, with these updates, the prices of both models have also increased. The Pulsar NS160 is now priced at Rs 1.35 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs 10,000 more expensive than its previous version. Similarly, the Pulsar NS200 now costs Rs 1.47 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs 7,000 more than its previous version.
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The new upside-down front forks (USD) design is intended to improve handling and stability, particularly during fast rides and tight corners. The dual-channel ABS system, meanwhile, is intended to enhance braking performance and lower the possibility of accidents brought on by wheel locking.
Customers who value performance and safety are likely to find the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and NS200 more enticing as a result of these changes. It will be intriguing to observe how well these revised models do on the market and whether they can draw in new clients for the company.
Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and NS200 models also lighter rims and a semi-digital console. The lighter rims are expected to improve the overall handling. With the new lightweight rims, the NS200 is now 1 kg lighter than the previous model and NS160 has grown heavier as a result of chunkier tyres. The semi-digital console with a gear position indicator and DTE (Distance to Empty) display can provide riders with important information about their motorcycle's performance and fuel range.
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The updated Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and NS200 models continue to feature the same engines as their previous versions. The NS160 is still powered by an oil-cooled 160.3cc single-cylinder engine that produces 17.2 bhp of power and 14.6Nm of torque. The NS160's engine is mated with a 5-speed gearbox. Meanwhile, the NS200 is equipped with a liquid-cooled 199.5cc engine that generates 24.5 bhp of power and 18.7Nm of torque. The NS200 is mated with a 6-speed gearbox.
Verdict: The Pulsar NS series has greater appeal thanks to the new improvements and will deliver better performance and ride quality. It will be interesting to see how the customers will receive these updates. The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 has become a more fierce rival for the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. Similarly, the Pulsar NS200 will continue to compete with the Apache RTR 200 4V, Honda Hornet 2.0 and other 200cc bikes.