The recently launched Bajaj Pulsar RS200 labelled as the fastest Pulsar yet has seem to caught the fancy of Indian two-wheeler consumers as it has registered 1,000 booking within seven days of the launch
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The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 has to be among the most highly awaited motorcycles to enter the Indian two-wheeler market in 2015. And the excitement among the two-wheeler enthusiasts can be gauged from the fact that the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 has received 1,000 bookings within just seven days of the bike being launched. Tagged as the fastest Pulsar yet with a claimed top speed of 141kmph, the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is available in two variants. The standard Bajaj Pulsar RS200 has been priced at Rs 1.18 lakh whereas the ABS version retails for Rs 1.3 lakh (both prices ex-showroom Delhi). Sales for Bajaj Auto hasn’t been great in the recent past with the Chakan based two-wheeler giant recording a 22 per cent drop in sales for March, 2015. Bajaj will be betting big on the new breed of Pulsars to help it climb bike on the sales ladder. (Upcoming five new Bajaj motorcycles revealed)
The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is the first fully faired motorcycle to be launched by the Chakan based two-wheeler manufacturer. Powering the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 will be the same powerplant as found on the Pulsar 200NS. What sets apart the Pulsar RS200 motor is the fact that it will be fuel-injected unlike the carburetted motor as seen on the Pulsar 200NS. Fuel-injection should result in crisper throttle response and avoid cold starting problems alongwith hiking the power output marginally. Providing firepower to the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 will be a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected powerplant producing 24.4 PS of power at 9,750rpm and 18.6 Nm of torque at 8,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear-wheel via a six-speed gearbox.
In the looks department, the new Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is pretty similar to the SS400 that was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. The design up front is aggressive and employs a multi-layered full-fairing with dual projector headlamps and LED DRL’s. The turn indicators are also LED and resemble the ones as seen on the KTM Duke range. Keeping to the ‘Race Sport’ tag the new Bajaj Pulsar RS200 comes with front windscreen, split seats and a tall two-piece handlebar. The sharp rear end gets mudguard mounted floating LED tail lamps which looks unique but may not appeal to all. The underbelly exhaust too has been replaced by a conventional single-sided unit with a beefy muffler. The overall sporty styling of the bike should appeal to the youngsters who have a soft spot for super-sports style motorcycles.