The Bajaj Pulsar 150 NS was showcased at a fair in Turkey in a production ready avatar and will be launched later this year most likely in the second half.
With the Asian launch expected in the second half of this year post the arrival of the Pulsar 200 SS, Bajaj Auto will be bringing the new generation Pulsar 150 NS in the country that was recently showcased in a production ready avatar at a trade fair in Istanbul, Turkey. This is also for the first time that the bike has been caught with the ‘150 NS’ badging on the tail section, ending all rumours of the engine being upgraded to a 160cc unit. Bajaj will be enabling a highly competitive pricing strategy for the 150 NS undercutting its rivals by a healthy margin.
Sharing its design traits with the Pulsar 200 NS, the 150 NS gets a sporty styling that will be liked by the masses. The 150 NS on display came with several changes differentiating it more effectively from the 200 NS including a high visor that is expected to be a standard feature (optional in Asia); the perimeter frame is now attached to the sub-frame while the tyre hugger has been replaced by the mud guard similar to the one seen on the outgoing Pulsar 150. The bike also gets a half chain cover. The instrument cluster too is carried over from the 200 NS with the digital+analogue assembly.
In terms of powertrain, the Turkey spec Pulsar 150 NS is using a highly revised 149.5cc 4valve, air-cooled, triple-spark engine that is tuned to produce 17 PS of power at 9000 RPM and 13 Nm of torque 7500 RPM, paired to a 5-speed gearbox. With those power figures, the 150 NS will be the most powerful bike in the segment, even though the torque output is marginally lower than the Yamaha FZ and Suzuki Gixxer. The fuel tank has been reduced to 12-litres from the earlier 15-litres while the weight remains the same at 144 kgs.
The Asian figures are expected to be more or less the same with maybe a marginal difference. In addition to the engine, the 2015 Bajaj Pulsar is expected to see major changes in handling as well as riding dynamics and also has the rear suspension upgraded to a monoshock. The bike also gets self and kick start, split seats, dual paint scheme as standard and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels
Spy Pictures Source – BikesAsia.org