MY2017 Pulsar range is now BS 4-compliant (except Pulsar 150); slightly refreshed looks with new paint scheme and graphics.
Bajaj Auto has unveiled the face-lifted Pulsar series for 2017, dubbed as ‘Laser Edged’ collection. This includes the new Pulsar 135 LS, Pulsar 150, Pulsar 180 and Pulsar 220F models, receiving marginal tweaked styling elements and new looks. But the significant changes are inside the engine bay, as their respective engines are now compliant to BS 4 emission norms, except for the 150cc engine in the Pulsar 150. The laser blue paint job in all the four models is elegant and serene, complemented with contrasting silver-finish graphics. Naturally with every MY updates, prices of all the four bikes remain hiked.
* All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi.
# 2017 Pulsar 135 LS
As most affordable Pulsar nameplate, the 135 LS is priced at INR 60,178, up by around Rs. 2,045 as against the existing price. Gone are the split seats and cleaved grabrail, the new model boasts a unified, single-piece layout. The exhaust canister and heat shield are now matt-black, which compliments the ‘laser-blue’ paint scheme. The toe-heel gear shifter is also new. The BS-4, 134.66 cc engine generates 13.56 PS at 9,000 rpm and 11.4 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm, same as before.
Rivals: Hero Ignitor, Honda CB Shine SP and Livo, Bajaj V15
# 2017 Pulsar 150
The 149 cc DTS-i engine remains totally untouched, therefore still BS-III compliant unlike the other three. This is likely to be temporary arrangement, as the new BS-4 norms are going into effect from next April onwards. Design wise, there are new graphic accents and refreshed instrumentation assembly. It is priced at INR 73,513.
Rivals: Apache RTR 160, Hero Achiever, Honda CB Unicorn and CB Hornet, Yamaha FZ V 2.0
# 2017 Pulsar 180
The Pulsar evolves into a brute-commuter with the 180, thanks to improved muscularity in styling, new contoured seat, rear disc brake, and eye-catchy blue illumination instrumentation cluster. It’s 178.6 cc DTS-i engine now conforms to BS-4 norms, with almost same power rating as before – 17.02 PS max power at 8,500 rpm and 14.22 Nm at 6,500 rpm. With an extra price of INR 3,430, the Pulsar 180 costs INR 79,545.
Rivals: Apache RTR 180, Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ 16
# 2017 Pulsar 220 F
‘F’ may also mean ‘fantastic’ or ‘fancy’, but the 220 F is a real hit in the market since its launch almost a decade ago. Sharper-looking styling elements at sides and blackened headlamp are avid, while the wisor-mounted side mirrors will grab a lot of eye balls. The seat is even more contoured and comfy than the 180. The 220 cc oil-cooled generating 21.05 PS of power at 8,500 rpm and 19.12 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm is the most-sophisticated mill of the lot, better refined and reliable as well. It is priced at INR 91,201, with an effective hike of INR 2,274 from the previous pricing.
Rivals: Apache RTR 200 V4, Honda CB Hornet 160R