Pulsar was the product that revamped Bajaj Auto when it was first launched back in November 2001. Pulsar proved that there is a market for affordable performance motorcycles in India. Recently, there were spy shots of the upcoming Pulsar which is based on a new generation. It is expected to be called Pulsar 250F. Rajiv Bajaj recently confirmed that the new Pulsar will be launching in November 2021. This will mark 20 successful years of the Pulsar moniker.
In an interview with CNBC TV18, Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director said “On the 20th anniversary of the Pulsar, in November of this year, we are poised to launch the all-new Pulsar platform, which will of course, start with the biggest Pulsar we have ever made. I won’t say exactly how big and then of course, that platform will, over the next 12 months work its way down all the way to the smallest Pulsars that we make. So, so, that is our biggest product move in the near future.”
The last significant update to the Pulsar lineup was 9 years ago. So, it was high time that Bajaj starts working on a new Pulsar to keep it alive. It will be a full makeover to the older generation of the Pulsars. We know that the new Pulsar 250F is brand new.
This means that it will have a new frame, a completely new modern design and a new engine. You might think that Bajaj will derive some of the parts and engine components from the Dominar 250 because it is their flagship and the upcoming Pulsar will also have a displacement of 250 cc.
The 250F Pulsar will use a lower-cost platform unlike Dominar 250 that uses some components from the KTM’s 250 cc motorcycles. This will be done to keep the production costs in check. Also, the KTM’s engine is more complicated than the Bajaj’s unit.
We also know that the 250F range will be fuel injected because of the BS6 emission norms. We do not think that it will have liquid cooling because that will increase the cost, make the engine more complicated to work on and will increase maintenance cost too. However, this means that Bajaj will not be able to push the engine as much for performance.
Because of this, Bajaj will be using air-oil cooling techniques to keep the engine temperature in check. So, the power outputs would not be as high as the Dominar 250. We expect the engine to produce somewhere around 22 to 23 bhp of max power. It should now be mated to a 6-speed gearbox instead of a 5-speed unit like we get on the current Pulsars.
It will also not have an adjustable suspension to keep the costs low. The test mules that were spotted used a single mono-shock at the rear and conventional telescopic forks for the front. There was a single disc at the front and rear. It would come with a dual-channel Anti-lock braking system.
Other equipment includes alloy wheels that could be derived from the NS200. It would also come with an LED projector headlamp which we have seen in the spy shots. The Pulsar 250F should be the most affordable 250 cc motorcycle in the segment. It is expected to be offered as a naked and a semi-faired motorcycle.