Our man in Delhi is at the launch of the new Bajaj Pulsar range, and the proceedings are just getting underway. We are covering the event live and will be bringing you all the necessary information as and when they’re released. Keep hitting F5 and stay with us because, by all indications, it seems like there will be more than one new Pulsar making its debut today.
Images: Dhairya Gupta
The event has just started.
Mr. Eric Vas, President, Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto, takes the stage. He is giving a short history on the Pulsar range and how it has revolutionized performance biking in the country.
Mr. Sumit Narang, Head of Marketing, is onstage now. He’s talking about the new Adventure Sport range.
The Pulsar AS150 is the baby of the range, but it is reportedly the most powerful 150cc motorcycle in the country. It comes with a projector headlamp for safer touring even after the sun goes down. It also comes with the stiff perimeter frame that we have already seen on the 200NS and RS200.
The AS duo has the longest wheelbase of 1363mm for superior touring stability. The bigger AS200 comes with 280mm dia discs upfront and a 230mm rear disc, while the AS150 makes do with a 240mm front disc and a drum setup at the rear.
The Bajaj Pulsar Adventure Sport range will be available in three colours, viz., blue, black, and red.
The bigger Pulsar AS200 is priced at Rs 91,550, while the AS150 will go on sale for Rs 79,000, both ex-showroom, Delhi.
Apart from the two new motorcycles, Bajaj also revealed a few more information on the company’s plans for the future. Bajaj will carry on selling the Pulsar 220 for now, and they see enough potential in the market for the booming Pulsar range to grow without cannibalizing one another’s sales. They’re pegging the AS as something akin to SUVs for motorcycles.
For those of you who might be wondering where the CS400 has disappeared after its hyped unveiling at the 2014 Auto Expo, fret not, because it is very much in the pipe line. The CS400 will debut later this year as a power cruiser, which is what we have been calling it all along.
Bajaj also reported that it has already received around 2000 bookings for the just launched Pulsar RS200, 1000 more than what we reported in our review just a few days ago.
The Pune-based manufacturer is on a huge expansion spree, and is tentatively looking at fourteen new markets for its motorcycles. It is also looking at twelve to thirteen new markets for its three-wheelers.
Reiterating the importance of the Pulsar brand, Rajiv Bajaj is telling the media that the Bajaj-KTM tie-up would never have happened if it were not for the presence of the Pulsar portfolio in its kitty. KTM has increasingly become reliant on its Indian partner, with one-third of its global output now being manufactured from the Pune plant.
That’s it for the event. We are bringing you a detailed breakdown of both the Pulsar AS200 and AS150 as soon as we finish snapping some pictures, so stay tuned for that.