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It won’t be even slightly wrong to say that the entry-level performance bike segment of fast growing Indian bike market is heating up to new levels of late.

Bajaj launched the much publicized Kawasaki Ninja 300 at the beginning of this year and has recently been in news for bringing the eagerly awaited KTM 390 Duke to us at a really alluring price point.

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Such has been the effect of the newly launched KTM 390 Duke that it has not just excited everyone with INR 2 lakhs to spend on a new bike but has also tempted those with less deep pockets to wait and save some more. Heck, it has also suddenly made buying the Ninja 300, which retails for almost twice as much, look pointless to some. While we do believe that the Ninja 300 belongs to a slightly different segment and can teach many bikes a lesson or two in track manners, bike buyers who wish to have great power for city riding/touring and give two hoots about track riding can safely put their money on the 390 Duke and in the process, save a lot of dough.

In all this discussion, what all of us forgot was that Bajaj is readying itself to continue its performance bike onslaught with the launch of yet another 250cc-plus bike in near future.

Very much like how the launch of the 200 Duke was followed by the launch of the Pulsar 200NS, the advent of the 390 Duke will be followed by the arrival of the much hyped Pulsar 375.

As must be obvious to all, the upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 375cc variant is based on the new KTM Duke 390 and is looking poised to redefine the ‘affordable performance bike’ scene in the country.

Regulars here would remember that we reported a fair bit when first few spy pics of the upcoming Pulsar 375 surfaced on the cyber space. Thanks to all these pics, we now know that the Pulsar 375 would soon become the sportiest looking product by Bajaj ever.

Now, the latest news about the Bajaj Pulsar 375 is that the bike would be launched in India in the period of October-November. The news comes to us straight from some of the suppliers working in close relation with BAL for the development of the Pulsar 375.

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The same sources have also told us that the P375 will not just become the first fully faired Bajaj bike but will also come with ABS (standard). There will be only one, fully loaded, variant.

Powering the Pulsar 375 will be a re-worked version of the 375cc, single cylinder motor that powers the 390 Duke (what else?). The re-tuned engine would have marginally lesser power output (approx 42PS) but would offer slightly more fuel economy. The bike could also have a genuine 150kmph-plus top speed.

It is being said that the new bike would have a price tag of about INR 1.7 lakhs.

We won’t be surprised if BAL pulls out yet another showstopper.

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  1. I beleive the bigger Pulsar will be a DOHC, 373cc with Bosch Fi, 6 gears unit.

    It will be fully faired as displayed in the AUTOCAR pic.. and as youve stated it will just be 1 product with no variants..

    Bigger stickier tyres in (110 section front and 140 rear) with ABS standard..

    The power figure in my guess would be in the same region as Duke as there is absolutely no reason this time to have a power loss… (Pulsar200NS had it coz it was SOHC and Carb against Duke200)

    The kerb weight of the bike in my estimate would be in the region of 170-175kgs with all the fluids and liquids topped up…

    The chassis to suspension to swingarm to wheelbase.. the rake and trail… would all remain same… thereby saving on costs…

    It would definitely get the projectors from the Pulsar220… The brakes could be a bit bigger but would remain single disks on each wheel.. The electricals will be more or less same as Pulsar200NS.. they can think of bringing back self cancelling indicators along with DC headlight…

    I have no hopes on bigger fuel tank.. which could be a disappointment for tourers… To add on no additional storage possibilities too..

    Overall a very exciting bike before the end of the year with an approx on road prices from 1.75 lacs to 2 lacs max….

    This could sound a death knell for Ninja300 as the bike will be much lesser than half of its price with 80% of its quality levels but a matching performance in every other aspect…

    This will most certainly be my next bike :-)..

    I own the smaller sibling for now by the way….