The Pune-based motorcycle maker, Bajaj Auto has silently introduced the new Pulsar NS 160 in the Indian market at a price tag of Rs 82,400 (ex-showroom, Pune). The bike has been already spotted a few times as a camouflaged test mule and at several Bajaj dealerships. It comes as an alternative to the long present Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 180 but is slightly more premium than both its cousins. It is also based on slightly more modern NS platform which promises to make it a better machine than its cousins.
Talking about the mechanicals, the bike comes with a 160cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled, BS IV engine which churns out 15.3bhp of power and 14.6Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. Compared to the air-cooled AS 150, the power has gone down by 1.5bhp but peak torque has gone up by 1.6Nm. It boasts off single mono shock suspension at the rear and braking duties are performed by 240mm disc brake at the front but misses out on disc brake at the back and sports a rear 130mm drum brake. It is only 10 kg lighter than the Pulsar NS 200 and has an overall kerb weight of 142 kg.
On the visual aspects, it carries the same design as seen on the earlier Pulsar NS 200. It also shares the same perimeter frame design while thinner tires easily denote it as a smaller NS model. It competes against Suzuki Gixxer 150, Honda CB Hornet 160R, and the Yamaha FZ-S 2.0 FI.
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