Last-month, when the Bajaj Auto launched its range of Pulsar 2017 models (including the 135, 150, 180 and 220F models) marketed as the all-new laser edged collection, we were confused why the 2017 Pulsar 150 remained BS3-compliant whereas all the others went through the BSIV adaptation.
At the time, there were also rumours that Bajaj Auto will launch the Pulsar 150NS before next-fiscal year this has led to devoid the BSIV norms. But now the reason for delay is clear – unlike other engines, this older-gen 150cc mill needed a lot of mechanical changes to bring it to meet the stricter BSIV norms and that is why it took couple of months more to launch it.
This revised engine now gets a smaller bore, and longer stroke reducing the power output to 14 PS at 8,000 rpm (down from 15.6 PS at 9,000 rpm) and increased the torque output to 13.4 Nm at 6,000 rpm (up from 12.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm). It comes with a 5-Map CDI against the 2-Map of the older one. The clutch too has been made lighter.
A new EVAP system re-circulates fuel vapours back into the tank while a secondary air intake system reduces harmful substance emissions during cold starts. Furthermore, the bottom part of the engine has now been changed; also the engine mounts are redesigned. The BSIV complaint 2017 Bajaj Pulsar also gets a bigger exhaust canister.
With an ‘Automatic Headlamp On’ (AHO) coming into force from April 2017, Bajaj has updated the BSIV Pulsar 150 by omitting the headlamp on/off switch on the right side switchgear. The bike remains the same cosmetically with three paint shades on offer – Laser Black, Nuclear Blue and Dyno Red.
The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 BSIV costs Rs 74,603 (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is Rs 1,090 more expensive than the BSIII model. It is the only motorcycle in the Pulsar 2017 lineup to receive major mechanical changes, and expect very similar recalibration to the Avenger 150 as well, which uses the same motor.
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GALLERY: 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 BSIV