The Pulsar series has been the most profitable and longest running motorcycles range for Bajaj. Launched first in 2001 in its circular headlamp, 150 cc guise, the Pulsar has come a long way since then and has numerous bikes under its name. It is also among the bikes that ushered in a new age of motorcycles in India. Recently, some spy shots have surfaced which suggest a new model 250 cc model in the Pulsar lineup. The spyshots show a camouflaged motorcycle which is undergoing testing, being pushed around the roads.
This is the first time ever that the Pulsar 250 has been caught testing. Due to the upcoming stringent emission norms, almost all car/bike makers are pushing for newer, cleaner engines. The new 250 cc motor developed by Bajaj will be BSVI ready. It will also pave way for new smaller engines with 150, 180 cc displacement that will meet the BSVI standards. The bike seen above has a body similar to the Pulsar 220, indicating towards the 220 model to be discontinued and the name to be carried on by the 250 model.
Coming to the bike in the spy shot, it incorporates a similar frame as of the Bajaj Pulsar 220. However, there are many changes as well, like a bigger tank, updated cowling, changed headlights and a different tail section. It would be unlikely for the bike to grow in dimension as Pulsar 220’s frame is itself a sufficiently large one and can incorporate slightly bigger engine. The engine will have the same basic configurations like oil cooled, single cylinder, but will grow in more displacement.
The current generation Pulsar 220 is powered by a 220 cc DTS-i motor which produces a good 21 Bhp of power along with 19 Nm of torque. The 250 cc motor will result in more power and more torque and also cleaner output, since it will be a BSVI compliant engine. The Bajaj Pulsar 250 will also be priced higher than the ongoing 220cc version. However, the launch is expected to happen sometime during the 2020, as the testing process has just begun. With rising competition in the segment, the bike will take on the Yamaha R-15 and the upcoming Gixxer 250. Also, it faces threat from the newly launched Jawa 42, which though will be expensive from the Pulsar but is an interesting choice if the person wants to shell a bit more money.