After much wait and anticipation, the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 has finally entered the Indian two-wheeler market and has extended the competition in the entry level performance motorcycle market. Its prime rivals are the KTM RC200 (which is a product from Bajaj’s sister brand KTM) and the Yamaha R15 version 2.0. The Yamaha R25 is still some time away and hence we decided to keep the R15 version 2.0 in this comparison. We also threw in the Pulsar 200NS in the comparison to help potential buyers to understand the difference between the fully faired and the streetfighter variants of the Pulsar brand.
Here is the compete technical specification comparison of these four motorcycles:
|Specifications||Bajaj Pulsar RS200||KTM RC200||Yamaha R15 V2.0||Bajaj Pulsar 200NS|
|Engine Type and Displacement||199.5cc Liquid Cooled four valve DTS-i Triple Spark Engine with Fuel Injection||199.5cc Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled||149.8cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve||199.5 4 – stroke, SOHC – 4V – Liquid Cooled, single cylinder|
|Seat Height (mm)||NA||820||800||NA|
|Wheelbase (mm)||1355||1340 +/- 15mm||1345||1363|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||157||178.5||160||169|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litre)||13||10||12||12|
|Weight (kgs)||165 (kerb)||137.5 (dry)||136 (kerb)||145 (kerb)|
|Front Brake||300mm disc brake with Single channel ABS||300mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper||Hydraulic, single disc||280mm Petal Disc with floating caliper|
|Rear Brake (mm)||230mm disc brake||230mm Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs||Hydraulic, single disc||230mm Petal Disc with floating caliper|
|Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi) (INR)||Rs 118,000 (standard) / Rs 130,000 (ABS)||Rs 166,738||Rs 114,129||Rs 91,553|
In terms of power, the KTM RC200 outruns the competition with its 199.5cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine which delivers 25.3 PS of power and 19.2 Nm of torque. The new Bajaj Pulsar RS200, unlike the Pulsar 200NS, benefits from fuel injection and finishes second with a slightly lesser power output figures than the KTM RC200. The 199.5cc liquid cooled DTS-i Triple Spark fuel injected motor on the Pulsar RS200 churns out 24.5 PS of power and 18.6 Nm of torque. The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, with its 199.5 four-stroke, liquid cooled motor, delivers 23.52 PS pf power and 18.3 Nm of torque and secures the third position. Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 has a relatively smaller engine and finishes last in this comparison. 149.8cc motor on this Japanese motorcycle delivers 17 PS of power and 15 Nm of torque.
The Pulsar 200NS, with its naked styling and carburetor motor, is the cheapest motorcycle here at the price tag of Rs 91,553. The Yamaha R15 Version 2.0, at Rs 114,129 is the cheapest faired motorcycle in this comparison. The Pulsar RS200 is the only motorcycle that benefits from an (optional) ABS and is priced very competitively at Rs 118,000 for the standard model and Rs 130,000 for ABS equipped variant. The KTM RC200 is the most expensive motorcycle in this comparison at a price tag of Rs 166,738.
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