Bajaj Auto plans to launch the next generation of its flagship model Pulsar as soon as this September. And all of them have been waiting impatiently for the next generation version of these extremely popular bikes, expected to be a great improvement over the current gen machines. The new Pulsars are expected to boast bigger, more technologically advanced engines, a totally reworked chassis-suspension, fatter rubber, (finally) a mono-shock and totally reworked styling.
Recently Bajaj Auto had given the Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 180 a minor facelift. This leaves the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi with no change since its launch in 2009. Things have changed since the P220 came out (in its new avatar) and the Pulsar no longer retains the fastest Indian tag. Can Bajaj do something to claim it back? Probably with the next generation Pulsar!
Whether it would be a 200cc engine derived from KTM, which could come with advanced engine technology which features 4 valves, just like the Pulsar 135LS. DOHC and liquid cooling or whether a 250cc engine would make it to the Pulsar range, remain questions that the coming days could throw light upon. We won’t be shocked if we get to see a 250cc twin on the next-gen Pulsars.
“The Pulsar is on a good wicket in the sports segment where its monthly numbers are over 80,000 units. An upgrade is due by September which is expected to keep the sales momentum going” said Mr. Rajeev Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto Ltd.
Let’s not forget then, that Bajaj has its eyes firmly set on Honda and have declared them as their key rival in the country. Pulsar sells 5 times than that of Japanese bikes, could the new Pulsar 250 claim the same vis-a-vis the Honda CBR250R.
Also see – Bajaj Plans to launch New Pulsar & Discover by 2012
Image – Bajaj Pulsar – Blueocean (Actuall motorcycle may differ from the above image shown)