The ageing Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i is expected to be replaced by the much-awaited naked Pulsar 150 NS in June 2015. The next generation Bajaj Pulsar 150 has been spotted testing for more than a year and more recently, it has been showcased at trade fairs abroad.
The bestselling Pulsar 150 hasn’t seen an upgrade in over almost four years while competition has raised its head in the form of upgraded variants and even brand new models from manufacturers such as Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda. With the new Pulsar 150 NS Bajaj Auto will hope to once again set the sales charts on fire.
Looks and Styling
The 150 NS will take design cues from the 200 NS, but essentially it will be a Pulsar AS 150 without the quarter fairing. The new 150 NS will be based on the same perimeter frame as the Pulsar AS 150 and will also sport a nitrox monoshock at the rear, like the AS 150. The brute streetbike styling should enable it to standout among its rivals and also appeal to the youngsters.
Switch gear and the part-analogue-part-digital instrument console have been carried forward from its 200cc sibling. The Bajaj Pulsar 150NS has a slimmer tail section; missing tyre hugger and skinny rear tyre are the visual differences between the two Pulsar offerings.
Wheels will be the same 17-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels as on the AS 150, shod with 80/100 R17 rubber at the front and 100/90-17 at the rear. Braking will be handled by a smaller petal disc at the front than the 200NS and a drum at the rear. An optional disc may be offered at the rear as well. It will get both electric start and kick start as starting options.
Engine and Gearbox
The Pulsar 150 NS will be powered by the same unit as the AS 150’s – a twin spark, air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine which is more powerful and efficient than the existing Pulsar 150’s.
The engine will make 17PS of power at 9500rpm and a peak torque of 13Nm at 7500rpm, that’s a jump of 2PS power and 0.5Nm of torque than its predecessor. The new engine also gets four valves and will be mated to a five-speed gearbox .
Price and competition
The Pulsar 150 NS is likely to be priced around Rs 73,000 and will compete against the likes of the Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 and the Honda CB Unicorn 160.
The Bajaj Pulsar has dominated proceedings in the entry-level performance market in India. And the Pulsar 150 has been its largest selling Pulsar offering and still rules the roost with respect to sales in the 150cc segment. But this segment has seen a lot of action in the past one year as Suzuki launched the Gixxer, Yamaha getting the fuel injected FZ and Fazer alongwith Honda launching the Unicorn 160 competition has heated up. Also the Bajaj Pulsar 150 started to show its age both cosmetically and mechanically for this purpose a replacement is on the cards soon.
The styling of the Bajaj Pulsar 150NS will be exactly similar to the 200NS that has been on sale for few years. This should make the new motorcycle a handsome looking bike with its edgy lines and brawny styling. The instrument cluster will also be a straight lift which is a part-analogue-part-digital console. The Bajaj Pulsar 150NS will be powered by a 149.5cc displacement, single-cylinder motor producing 17PS at 9,000rpm and peak torque of 13Nm at 7,500rpm as seen on the Pulsar AS150. This means, the new bike generates 2PS and 0.5Nm of torque higher than its predecessor. This should result in the new motorcycle offering better performance than its predecessors. Also the Bajaj engineers have worked on reducing the NVH levels of the new mill to make it more refined. The powerplant will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox and the engine will be equipped with 4-valves. Overall mileage should be around 50kmpl.
The Bajaj Pulsar 150NS will get electric start and kick start as cranking options. Riding posture on the bike will be similar to the AS150 which is sporty and comfortable owing to the raised clip-on handle bars and the rear-set foot pegs. Handling of the bike should be much improved than its predecessor as the Pulsar 150NS will be equipped with perimeter frame and we were mighty impressed by the handling prowess of the Pulsar AS150. Wheelbase of the Bajaj Pulsar 150NS has been hiked to 1,363mm and the bike tips the scale at 144kg which is identical to the bike it replaces.
The Bajaj Pulsar 150NS will feature telescopic forks at front and a monoshock setup at the back for dampening. Braking will be done by a disc brake at front and drum brake at rear. Bajaj is renowned for their cut-throat pricing so we can expect the new Pulsar 150NS to carry a sticker price of around Rs 75,000 ex-showroom.
Expected to be launched later this year, the Bajaj Pulsar 150NS will be up against the Suzuki Gixxer and Yamaha FZ V2.0 in the highly competitive 150cc bike segment
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