Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 drag race: Which one is faster?

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has become the most affordable twin-cylinder motorcycle in the Indian market. Royal Enfield recently launched the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 in the domestic market and both the bikes have gained massive popularity. They are the quickest and the fastest Royal Enfield ever produced. However, in the past, we have seen that the motorcycles with lower displacement engines can be much quicker than the higher-displacement Royal Enfield motorcycles. Here is a drag race between the Bajaj Pulsar 200 RS and the Royal Enfield Interceptor that shows the quickest between the two.

Royal Enfield Interceptor Vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200

The video has been shot on public roads. Even though there is no other vehicle on the road, racing or doing speed tests on public roads can be extremely dangerous. We strongly recommend against any such speed tests on public roads. This video is used to indicate how different both the bikes are on the road.

The video shows both the bikes starting on an empty service road. Both the bikes start on the third horn sound that has been mutually discussed between the riders. As soon as they start, the Royal Enfield Interceptor can be seen taking a big lead. The Royal Enfield Interceptor stays ahead for the duration of the race and no matter how hard the Pulsar RS 200 tried to get ahead, it just could not.

The new-age Royal Enfield Interceptor is powered by an all-new engine that is much different from the current-generation of Royal Enfield engines. Yes, the new engine has lost its signature thump but it sure is a welcome change for the Royal Enfield customers. However, the bike still remains much slower than any other 650cc parallel-twin engine powered motorcycle in the market.

The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is powered by a single-cylinder, 199.5cc, triple-spark DTS-I technology and it produces a maximum power of 24.2 Bhp at 9,750 rpm and a peak torque of 18.6 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Bajaj claims that the Pulsar RS 200 can achieve top-speed of 141 km/h and it gets a redline of 11,000 rpm.

The Royal Enfield Interceptor draws power from an all-new 648cc, parallel-twin, air-cooled engine. It generates a maximum power of 47 Bhp at 7,250 rpm and a peak torque of 52 Nm at 5,250 rpm. The Pulsar’s engine is a much more free-revving engine but the Royal Enfield Interceptor gets almost the double power than the Pulsar RS 200. The Royal Enfield Interceptor weighs a whopping 198 kg and the Pulsar RS 200 weighs 164 kg.

Both the bikes get 6-speed transmission but the Royal Enfield Interceptor also gets a slipper clutch. Both the bikes offer ABS but it is available as an optional feature in the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200.